April 20th @ 12pm Central US Time

Free for NMC Members
General: $125

Creating a hybrid experience in educational settings is a growing trend that has been highlighted in multiple editions of the NMC Horizon Report. Hybrid learning, also referred to as blended learning, is the integration of both online and face-to-face modalities to create a cohesive learning experience with flexibility and support for learners. In this online event, panelists will explore how the hybrid approach is fostering independent learning and collaboration, as well as cultivating more channels of communication among students and instructors. Panelists will reveal how the integration of online tools also provides instructors with the ability to track student success and engagement, rearranging face-to-face instruction around more active, hands-on activities.
Meet the Panelists:

Rodney Murray (University of the Sciences in Philadelphia)
Dr. Rodney B. Murray is executive director of academic technology services at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. Rod earned his PhD in Pharmacology from Temple University School of Medicine and founded the Office of Academic Computing at Thomas Jefferson University. Currently, his department at USciences is responsible for the learning management system, instructional design, classroom technology and technology training for faculty and staff. His e-learning technology podcast is on Inside Higher Ed at www.insidehighered.com/ThePulse.
Terra Graves (Washoe County School District)
Terra has been an educator for over twenty years. She began as a classroom teacher in elementary and middle school, followed by several years as a mentor teacher. Since 2009, Terra has been helping teachers learn how to make changes in their teaching practice to incorporate 21st Century skills and effective use of technology. Currently, Terra is a Program Specialist in the 21st Century Learning Division in Washoe County, NV, where she designs and facilitates online and blended professional learning courses. She advocates for education reform and is actively involved in the Nevada Ready 21 project. She is also a charter member of the NMC K-12 Ambassador program.
Cathy Littlefield (Peirce College)
Dr. Cathy M. Littlefield is Associate Professor of Organizational Leadership & Management in Graduate Studies at Peirce College in Philadelphia, PA. She received her Ed.D. from Widener University and M.B.A. from West Chester University, both in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Her research interest includes hyflex course design and implementation, hybrid course design and delivery, professional development of faculty, organic collaboration among graduate students, and pedagogical considerations for online and hybrid course design and delivery.
David Schönstein (Smart Sparrow)
Dr. David Schönstein currently leads the expansion of the Inspark Teaching Network, an innovative science courseware project that Smart Sparrow received a recent Gates Foundation grant for. He works closely with research and evaluation partners and manages faculty outreach and professional development. He has a Ph.D. from the Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, in data mining and has studied how the brain perceives sound.

This online event is a program of the NMC Personalized Learning Initiative (PLI), supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Through the NMC PLI, the NMC is working to scale the adoption of innovative personalized learning practices and solutions in US higher education. In this series of online events, the NMC convenes key influencers and leaders in the field to move the most innovative ideas and solutions from the foundation’s vast network of grantees and partners into practice. Learn more at go.nmc.org/pli.