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Nov 04 2013

NYIT to Host Online Learning Forum

Old Westbury, N.Y. (November 4, 2013) – Online learning experts will gather at New York Institute of Technology’s Riland Auditorium on Thursday for a wide-ranging discussion on new models of instructional technology and the key issue of how to evaluate student learning as educators focus on ensuring students are ready for college and careers.
 
“The Online Learning Environment: How Do Students Learn?” forum from 8:30 am to 11:30 am is sponsored by the Long Island Regional Advisory Council on Higher Education’s (LIRACHE) Superintendents/Presidents Partnership. To register for the free event, click here.
 
Stan Silverman, director of NYIT’s Technology Based Learning Systems is among four panelists who will address the audience of Long Island superintendents, college presidents, educators, online learning directors, and students. President Edward Guiliano will welcome the panelists and visitors at 9 am. David Kuntz, Vice President of Research for Knewton, a New York City-based company that seeks to provide personalized education through technology, is the keynote speaker. 
 
Silverman said the panel plans to raise a central question: what does it mean to be an educated person in this world and what place does virtual education have? 
 
Of importance, he noted, is the idea that traditional competency can be measured more easily than key abilities to innovate and create. Higher education experts must be mindful of graduating students who are ready for careers that require critical thinking and innovation, he said, while high school educators are wondering how much online instruction is necessary or valuable as they prepare students for college or vocational education.
 
"How do you evaluate virtual education, what is learner-centered education, and how do you engage students?" Silverman asked, raising other questions that are likely to be addressed.
 
In addition to Silverman, panelists include Alexandra Pickett, Associate Director of the SUNY Learning Network, and Allison Powell, Vice President for State and District Services for the International Association for K-12 Online Learning. Pickett will discuss training and support for online faculty and Powell will help audience members more fully understand the connection between blended learning, competency-based learning, personalized learning and the new Common Core curriculum standards.
 
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New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) offers 90 degree programs, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees, in more than 50 fields of study, including architecture and design; arts and sciences; education; engineering and computing sciences; health professions; management; and osteopathic medicine. A non-profit independent, private institution of higher education, NYIT has 13,000 students attending campuses on Long Island and Manhattan, online, and at its global campuses. NYIT sponsors 11 NCAA Division II programs and one Division I team. 
 
Led by President Edward Guiliano, NYIT is guided by its mission to provide career-oriented professional education, offer access to opportunity to all qualified students, and support applications-oriented research that benefits the larger world. To date, 95,000 graduates have received degrees from NYIT. For more information, visit New York Institute of Technology at nyit.edu.
 
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