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This event took place: October 18, 2017, 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM CDT (UTC -5:00)
NMC Beyond the Horizon > Innovation Implementation Learning Curves

As rapid changes in educational technology transform the state of teaching and learning, faculty members may encounter obstacles as they adapt their pedagogies and experiment with new methods of content delivery. Institutions must work with faculty to support transitions to flexible, lower-cost options and incorporate tools and methods designed to improve student outcomes. Join us to hear from two presenters who are addressing the challenges associated with implementing innovative teaching and learning practices, and then collaborate with your colleagues to identify best practices and devise strategies to overcome these learning curves.

Gates Bryant (Tyton Partners)
Gates Bryant is a general manager and strategy consultant with a successful 15+ year track record for bridging the gap between innovative strategy and practical execution. He joined Tyton Partners as a Partner in 2011. Prior to joining Tyton Partners, he was an executive with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt working in strategy, product management, and finance during a period of dramatic change in the educational publishing and technology industry. Prior to joining HMH, Gates spent seven years as a strategy consultant with the Parthenon Group. He advised clients on issues of revenue growth, profit improvement, and opportunities for mergers and acquisitions in the information, education, publishing and technology industries. He also advised the largest U.S. foundation in K-12 education on investment and funding initiatives to improve the alignment of instructional systems and public/private cooperation. From 2010-2014, Gates served on the start-up team of Edify, a U.S.-based nonprofit that provides micro-enterprise loans, curriculum and training to sustainable Christian schools in the developing world. Gates earned a B.A. from Dartmouth College and his MBA from the Tuck School at Dartmouth.
Kelvin Thompson (University of Central Florida)
A popular speaker and facilitator, Dr. Kelvin Thompson regularly addresses groups throughout the US on topics related to online/blended learning and educational technology while he serves as the Director of Online Design & Development Strategy for the University of Central Florida’s (UCF) Center for Distributed Learning (http://cdl.ucf.edu) with a faculty appointment as a graduate faculty scholar in UCF’s College of Education & Human Performance. Dr. Thompson has collaborated on the design of hundreds of online and blended courses over the past nineteen years, and he oversees CDL’s strategic initiatives, including accessibility activities. Kelvin developed the BlendKit Course open courseware (http://bit.ly/blendkit) as part of UCF’s Blended Learning Toolkit, and he also co-hosts TOPcast: The Teaching Online Podcast available on iTunes and at http://topcast.online.ucf.edu. His personal research interests center around how interaction affects learner engagement, and information on his Online Course Criticism qualitative evaluation model for facilitating the scholarship of teaching and learning in online and blended environments is available online (http://onlinecoursecriticism.com). Kelvin Thompson holds an EdD in curriculum and instruction and an MA in instructional systems technology from UCF and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from The Florida State University.