May 25th @ 12pm Central US Time

Free for NMC Members
General: $125

Personalizing learning refers to the range of educational programs, learning experiences, instructional approaches, and academic support strategies intended to address the specific learning needs, interests, aspirations, or cultural backgrounds of individual students. Institutions are also harnessing technology to help students advance toward educational goals and create a culture dedicated to student success. In this online event, panelists will explore how this trend is fostering advancements in online learning environments and adaptive learning technologies, making it more possible to support learners’ individual learning paths. Additionally, they will reveal how personalized learning is empowering students to take ownership of their education and prime themselves for lifelong learning.

Meet the Panelists:

Celeste Schwartz (Montgomery County Community College)
As the Vice President for Information Technology and College Services, Dr. Schwartz is responsible for academic and administrative technology, technology-supported process improvements, and College-wide services such as event scheduling, bookstore and food services. In addition to her technology focus, Dr. Schwartz provides leadership support for the College’s Sustainability and Student Success initiatives and oversees Institutional Research. Dr. Schwartz is active in a variety of organizations, including the Pathway School Board of Directors, KINBER Board of Directors, and the Rotary Club of Blue Bell. Dr. Schwartz holds an A.A.S. from Montgomery County Community College, a B.S. from St. Joseph’s University, a M.S. in Information Technology from Villanova University, and a Ph.D. in Education, with specialization in Community College Leadership, from Walden University.
Keith Brender (Kaplan University)
Keith Brender serves as the Vice President, Academic Operations for Kaplan University. In that role, he is developing a number of projects related to the Department of Education Experimental Sites Initiative. Those projects will form the basis for new ways to help students optimize their incoming credits and move through their programs in the most efficient manner possible. Previously, Keith had direct responsibility for Academic Advising, Support and Solutions, Student Relations, Disability Services, Enrollment Auditing, Student Life and the First Term Support teams. Keith joined Kaplan in August 2009 and reports directly to the Kaplan University President. Prior to joining Kaplan, Keith worked in the travel and financial services industries in a number of roles. His experience included leadership roles in customer service, operations, marketing, brand strategy and shared services.
Arunangsu Chatterjee (Plymouth University)
As Director of Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) within Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry, Dr Chatterjee provides strategic leadership for the provision of evidence-based, innovative and effective TEL to Medical and Dental (clinical) education programmes. He is proactively involved in design, development and evaluation of technology enhanced learning interventions for undergraduate, postgraduate and life-long learners using transformative pedagogical approaches, relevant technologies and mixed-method evaluations. He jointly leads the Simulation and TEL research strand within The Collaboration for the Advancement of Medical Education Research and Assessment (CAMERA) to improve healthcare through evidence-based education and to inform assessment in medical curricula across medical education. Since its inception he has also been closely associated with the organisation of the International Conference of Personal Learning Environment and has also served as the programme chair for the same.
Ernest Hernandez (University of Texas at San Antonio)
Ernest Hernandez III is the Director of Video Technology at the University of Texas at San Antonio.  Ernest leads the Video Production Group, which is a creative force in the Office of Information Technology. The VPG is engaged with producing video and digital films that have academic impact in support hybrid, online and traditional courses.
Vanessa Kenon (University of Texas at San Antonio)
Dr. Kenon serves as the Assistant Vice Provost for Information Technology. She is responsible for managing the department’s human resources, financial management, communications and marketing, as well as serving as a key academic and technical liaison. Dr. Kenon serves on several UTSA committees and organizations in support of student retention, community service, academic research, communications, and information technology. She also serves as a lecturer in the College of Education and Human Development. Dr. Kenon has worked in higher education in positions of instruction, leadership and management in both private and public higher education programs for over 23 years and has spent 21 of those years managing educational initiatives directly related to technology. Her current UTSA projects include working with the advising department on the Education Advisory Board launch, development and implementation of University-wide faculty and staff Office 365 training, and a global workplace handbook with Wiley Publishing. Recent conference presentations and facilitator roles include the American Education Research Association (AERA), Microsoft TechEd, the Texas Association of State Systems for Computing and Communications (TASSCC), the 2015 International Higher Education Reform Symposium in Tianjin, China, and the Association for College and University Technology Advancement (ACUTA).