Mark Walbert - "Distance Learning: It's Not a Question of If but of How"
Dr. Walbert was named Director of Faculty Technology Support Services (FTSS) in July of 2001 after serving as Acting Director since the unit was formed in January of 2000. He was also named Interim Director of Classroom Technology Support Services when Jerry Fitzgerald retired from that position in December of 2001. Walbert received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of New Mexico in 1984. Since joining the faculty at Illinois State, he has taught a variety of courses in economics in a variety of settings (from lecture hall to Internet-only). He has published several refereed journal articles on the subject of economics education, with an emphasis on the use of instructional technology to enhance teaching and learning in undergraduate economics courses. He has co-authored two software packages that have been used to teach both high school and college economics. Walbert has received several teaching awards at Illinois State, including the Outstanding University Teacher Award in 1998. In 1994, he received a grant from the National Science Foundation to develop a computer classroom in which a broader number of economics courses could be taught that utilized instructional technology on a daily basis. Before becoming the Director of FTSS, Walbert served as the Director of the Center for Economics Education at Illinois State. In those increasingly rare moments when he can make the time, he uses Macromedia's Dreamweaver to create his course Web sites.
Pete Sands - "Hybridity as an Ethical Choice"
Peter Sands has been online since the mid-1980s, and has been teaching w/computers since 1990. He is currently assistant professor of English at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in composition and literature. He is on the editorial boards of TEXT Technology, Kairos, WPA Journal, and Academic.Writing, and is the founding editor of H-Utopia, a Humanities Net discussion network. In his spare time, he edits the Web site of the Science Fiction Research Association.
Judi Kirkpatrick - "Distance education is no longer the great evil."
Judith Kirkpatrick (aka Judi Judito JudiK @kccmoo, http://moo.kcc.hawaii.edu) has been teaching online only courses for the University of Hawaii Kapi'olani system for the past twelve terms. So far, she's taught first year composition, Advanced Expository Writing, and American Literature in online only environments. She sold out to WebCT in summer '98 and has not yet developed the proficiency at managing linux servers on her own to use other open source course tools, but that's her dream someday. Besides the WebCT grading and record keeping capacity, she uses its calendar, weekly assignments capacity, threaded discussion/bulletin board, and its quizzing and survey tools. Also, students develop multi-media presentations in the Student Presentation space. She uses and develops the KCC MOO for required online discussions with the support of Herve Collin, a former student now in grad school at the University of Hawaii. The code is available free from the MOO, of course. The logging, student management, object developing and editing, and slide show editing are Web-based and automated, a bonus for course development.
Susan Lang - "Distance Education at Texas Tech University: Getting Started and Getting Established"
Susan Lang is a faculty member at Texas Tech in the Technical Communication and Rhetoric program, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in various aspects of technical communication, rhetoric and composition. She is currently working on a project that reconfigures the delivery of first-year writing instruction to TTU onsite students and to continuing education students as well. Her next online teaching project is a Wine Tasting that will be held as part of the online C&W conference on May 23.
Joel English - "Distance Education and the Writing Classroom: Shall We Enter the Game?"
Dr. English coordinates the Professional Writing program at Old Dominion University. He holds a faculty position there in the Distance Education program, and has taught distance ed over satellite TV and Internet at ODU and Ball State University since 1995. He is the vision and implementation consultant for Tidewater Tech Online, a technical school in Virginia that is creating an online campus for their programs. And, most notably, Joel won the ODU Distance Ed Teacher of the Year award last year, and Instructional Technology Teacher of the Year award this year.
Trish Harris - "Profit and Pedagogy: Addressing the Challenges and Achieving Balance"
Trish Harris currently works as a connected learning consultant for Systems and Computer Technologies (SCT) at Oakland Community College in metro Detroit (since 2000) *and* as a Web-based writing tutor for the Center for Talented Youth of the Johns Hopkins University (since 1998). She started teaching online at a SUNY community college in January 1998, has developed corporate and government intranet-based training, and has used many tools over time but prefers the Palace for synchronous chat and community building. Trish uses WebCT at Hopkins, administers the Bb server and delivers all tech+teach training and support at OCC, and works with the connected-learning software incubator project at SCT.
Cynthia Jeney - "If the Apocalypse comes...Email Me" ...OR... "All I need to know about online Distance Ed, I learned from Buffy the Vampire Slayer"
CJ Jeney is Assistant Professor of English and Technical Communications at Missouri Western State College, in St. Joseph, MO. After dodging the first wave of "teaching-in-a-box" mania at her school, she opted to use her own Web site and the WebBoard application on her department's Web server for her online teaching. She's been teaching Internet Distance Education courses for only about an hour now (OK, about a year), and she already wants to file a complaint with Tim Berners-Lee, Bill Joy, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, EBay, NAFTA, OSHA, the U.S. Justice Department, and God.
Michael Day - "Microsoftening Style and Innovation"
Michael Day is Associate Professor of English at Northern Illinois University, where he will be the incoming Director of First-Year Composition starting in the fall. Michael teaches courses in advanced composition, composition pedagogy, technical writing, and writing for online media. Michael is the caretaker of MediaMOO, a cyber ghost town, is on the editorial board of Kairos, Style, the ACE Journal, and was host to Computers and Writing 1999 in Rapid City. With Susanmarie
Harrington and Rebecca Rickly, he is co-editor of The Online Writing Classroom.
Dene Grigar - "Medium and Texts"
Dene Grigar is an Associate Professor of English at Texas Woman's University and specializes in technology theories, rhetoric, Greek literature and culture, and feminist theory. Her book New Worlds, New Words: Exploring Pathways In and About Electronic Environments (with John Barber, Hampton Press, 2001) speculates about the ways in which writing and thinking change when moved to virtual spaces, such as the World Wide Web, MOOs, and email. The founder of virtual environments TWUMOO and Nouspace, she was chosen as the recipient of Texas Woman's University's "Innovation in Academia Award" in the field of computer technology. She was also selected as a recipient of the National Endowment for the Humanities 2001 Summer Institute, studying under N. Katherine Hayles on the topic of electronic literature. She also serves as a member of the Instructional Technology Committee for the National Council of Teachers of English and the 7Cs for the Conference of College Composition and Communication. Her latest project, the City of Women, is a virtual environment that will offer health and financial services, cultural attractions, and educational opportunities to women, and represents a collaboration with The Women's Museum, a Smithsonian Institute located in Dallas, Texas.
Johndan Johnson-Eilola - "Writing After Writing"
Johndan Johnson-Eilola works as the Director of the Eastman Kodak Center for Excellence in Communication and an Associate Professor of Technical Communications at Clarkson University. In addition to numerous journal articles and book chapters, he is the author of Nostalgic Angels: Rearticulating Hypertext Writing (Ablex/Greenwood, 1997), Professional Writing Online (with Jim Porter and Pat Sullivan; Longman, 2000), and Designing Effective Websites (Houghton-Mifflin, 2001). The numerical six, tilde, and hyphen keys on his keyboard have been broken for six months, so he cuts and pastes those characters from older documents when necessary.
Jim Kalmbach - "Technologizing Pedagogy"
James Kalmbach is a Professor of English at Illinois State University where he teaches courses in Web design and technical communication. He is the author of the The Computer and the Page and serves as the co-chair of Computers and Writing 2002. He is a Dreamweaver fanatic and created the online proposal process and schedule for the conference using FileMaker Pro and Lasso.
Becky Rickly - "Minding the Gaps: Re-Assessing Teaching in Distance Education to Meet the Changing Needs of Our Students"
Rebecca J. Rickly is an Associate Professor at Texas Tech University where she serves as Co-Director of Composition and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in rhetoric, research and writing. Her work revolves around rhetoric, but includes such diverse applications as technology, feminisms, methods and methodologies, literacy study, contrastive rhetorics, professionalization issues, and administration. She has served on the CCCC Committee on Computers and Composition, NCTE's Assembly on Computers in English, and she has chaired NCTE's Instructional Technology Committee. Her publications include The Online Writing Classroom (with Susanmarie Harrington and Michael Day), and her work has appeared in several edited collections, as well as Computers and Composition, CMC Magazine, The ACE Journal, and Kairos.
Paul Taylor - "What's Hot in the Bidness of Internet-Based Education?"
Paul Taylor is a founding member and current CEO of The Daedalus Group. In the company's early years, he programmed the majority of the Daedalus Instructional System (eventually renamed DIWE). Later he received his PhD in English at the University of Texas and joined the faculty at Texas A&M University, where he taught undergraduate and graduate courses in writing, technical communication, rhetorical theory, and computers & writing. In 1997 he left A&M to resume working full time for The Daedalus Group, where he focuses on software development and teacher training workshops.