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Educational Intelligence Visiting Lecture Series

Educational Intelligence = Aptitude + Motivation + Opportunity + Persistence

APSU Distance Education is excited to host the 2017-2018 Educational Intelligence Visiting Lecture Series. We have a variety of experts coming to campus to speak about various topics related educational intelligence. Refreshments will be provided to attendees! All faculty, students, staff and APSU campus are welcome!

November Speaker

Fred Hurst, Western Governors University
"A Different Kind of U"
November 9, 2017
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
MUC Ballroom
 

Fred Hurst

Presentation: Competency-Based Education in its current form is a fairly recent innovation with many institutions implementing new CBE programs or exploring the suitability for their institution.  The lessons WGU has learned about barriers to success and challenges to scalability with a student enrollment of 82,000 students will be highlighted. In recent years there has been a growing concern about increasing the number of certificate and degree holders in high-demand career fields. Politicians and policy makers are calling for less expensive paths to postsecondary credentials for an estimated 36 million adults with some college credits but no degree.  By 2020 it is estimated that more than 5 million jobs will go unfilled for lack of qualified candidates with the credentials required.  This presentation will provide the WGU perspective on how competency-based education can provide the workforce needed for the future at an affordable cost. In order to educate and certify the competency of the needed workforce, changes in public policy, law, regulation and related barriers must be addressed at the national, state and local levels.  At the same time, we need to ensure that financial aid funding is effectively use to support successful students.

Bio: Fred Hurst is Vice President of Academic Advancement at Western Governors University.  He serves as a national spokesperson for WGU and competency-based education to the higher education, policy, and quality assurance communities.  Dr. Hurst develops and manages partnerships with higher education institutions, policy organizations, think tanks, associations, and foundations.   Prior positions include Senior Vice President for Extended Campuses at Northern Arizona and architect for NAU’s Personalized Learning competency-based education initiative; Executive Director of the Florida Public Postsecondary Distance Learning Institute. Dr. Hurst served as vice chair of the Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance as an appointee of the U.S. House of Representatives.   Fred received the WICHE/WCET Richard Jonsen Award in 2013.  He has served the Higher Learning Commission as a member of the Institutional Actions Council (IAC), team chair and consultant-evaluator.

Please view monthly themes, speakers, topics, and bios below.

If accommodations are needed for any Lecture Series Event, please email online@apsu.edu.

September 2017: Lifelong Learning
October 2017: Cyber Security Awareness Month
November 2017: eLearning Superheros
February 2018: I <3 Learning
April 2018: Student Success

Michael R. Smith, Education & Workforce Development
"Life NOW Learning"
September 27, 2017
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
MUC Ballroom
 
Joshua Smith & Greg Jackson, Dynetics
"The Good Guy vs. The Bad Guy: Hacking Demonstration"
Sponsored by The Office of Information Technology
October 12, 2017
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
MUC Ballroom
 
Fred Hurst, Western Governors University
"A Different Kind of U"
November 9, 2017
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
MUC Ballroom
 
Jaime Casap, Google
"Innovation and Iteration in Education"
February 21, 2018
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
MUC Ballroom
 
William Ryan, Ryan Consulting, LLC
"Competency Based Education: Focused on Student Success"
Speaker & Workshop
April 25, 2018
10:00 a.m. - 12 p.m
UC 303/305

Michael’s vast combination educational, organizational/learning design, and business experience stems over three decades. Over this period, he was the Vice-President of a global online learning venture, the Chief Operating Officer of a National non-profit focused on bridging the national education to workforce gap, and spent 30 years as a government executive focused on designing and deploying integrated organizational learning systems and organizational problem solving. His private consulting practice has included numerous federal, state, and county agencies, as well as private sector clients in the entertainment and hospitality, casino, retail, manufacturing, healthcare, call center, higher education, and electronics fields. Since 2003 he served as adjunct faculty for a private national university system teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in management, leadership, business, sociology, and psychology. He has a BA in Business Management, a MA in Organizational Management and vast post-graduate studies and work in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. Mike is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.

 

Michael R. Smith

Presentation: Security Awareness & Training is typically characterized by a mundane presentation of do’s and don’ts centered around cybersecurity. As a result, the seriousness of the threat and possible impact to the organization is not effectively communicated. Dynetics takes a realistic approach to this topic by demonstrating an actual attack while viewing both the attacker’s screen and the victim’s screen. In this demonstration, a Dynetics white hat “ethical hacker” will attack a victim machine in real-time using common techniques of today’s cyber adversaries. Audience members will be able to see commands used by the adversary as the payload is delivered and the victim is compromised. Through the use of dual screens, the audience will also witness what the victim see’s, or more accurately, doesn’t see.  Weaknesses in the victim’s security practices will be exposed as the adversary escalates privileges, pivots to other network devices, and pilfers the victims’ data. This demonstration is intended to illustrate the ease at which an adversary can take advantage of Security Un-Aware individuals without their knowledge that anything malicious had occurred. There will be a 30-45 question and answer period after the demonstration.


Bio:
Joshua Smith is an Elite Ethical Hacker at Dynetics, Inc. in Huntsville, AL and has been in the information security field for the past 10+ years. At Dynetics he focuses on red teaming, penetration testing, vulnerability assessments, and web application assessments. Josh also has extensive experience developing defense-in-depth environments and equipping clients to manage the complexity and concerns of today’s cyber threat landscape. Josh is a graduate of Mississippi State and former professional golfer.

 

Joshua Smith

Presentation: Security Awareness & Training is typically characterized by a mundane presentation of do’s and don’ts centered around cybersecurity. As a result, the seriousness of the threat and possible impact to the organization is not effectively communicated. Dynetics takes a realistic approach to this topic by demonstrating an actual attack while viewing both the attacker’s screen and the victim’s screen. In this demonstration, a Dynetics white hat “ethical hacker” will attack a victim machine in real-time using common techniques of today’s cyber adversaries. Audience members will be able to see commands used by the adversary as the payload is delivered and the victim is compromised. Through the use of dual screens, the audience will also witness what the victim see’s, or more accurately, doesn’t see.  Weaknesses in the victim’s security practices will be exposed as the adversary escalates privileges, pivots to other network devices, and pilfers the victims’ data. This demonstration is intended to illustrate the ease at which an adversary can take advantage of Security Un-Aware individuals without their knowledge that anything malicious had occurred. There will be a 30-45 question and answer period after the demonstration.

Bio: Greg Jackson is retired from the U.S. Air Force with over 22 years’ of experience as a cybersecurity and compliance professional.  Greg has worked with DoD, Commercial, and State & Local Government organizations to perform risk assessments and develop enterprise cybersecurity and risk management strategies, programs, and processes.  Greg manages a team of security professionals, including NSA approved Red-Team analysts, that engage in black-box penetration testing and development of enterprise solutions designed to thwart cyber aggressors. Greg regularly speaks at conferences on the topics of framework implementation and effective security controls.

 

Greg Jackson

Presentation:Competency-Based Education in its current form is a fairly recent innovation with many institutions implementing new CBE programs or exploring the suitability for their institution.  The lessons WGU has learned about barriers to success and challenges to scalability with a student enrollment of 82,000 students will be highlighted. In recent years there has been a growing concern about increasing the number of certificate and degree holders in high-demand career fields. Politicians and policy makers are calling for less expensive paths to postsecondary credentials for an estimated 36 million adults with some college credits but no degree.  By 2020 it is estimated that more than 5 million jobs will go unfilled for lack of qualified candidates with the credentials required.  This presentation will provide the WGU perspective on how competency-based education can provide the workforce needed for the future at an affordable cost. In order to educate and certify the competency of the needed workforce, changes in public policy, law, regulation and related barriers must be addressed at the national, state and local levels.  At the same time, we need to ensure that financial aid funding is effectively use to support successful students.

Bio: Fred Hurst is Vice President of Academic Advancement at Western Governors University.  He serves as a national spokesperson for WGU and competency-based education to the higher education, policy, and quality assurance communities.  Dr. Hurst develops and manages partnerships with higher education institutions, policy organizations, think tanks, associations, and foundations.   Prior positions include Senior Vice President for Extended Campuses at Northern Arizona and architect for NAU’s Personalized Learning competency-based education initiative; Executive Director of the Florida Public Postsecondary Distance Learning Institute. Dr. Hurst served as vice chair of the Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance as an appointee of the U.S. House of Representatives.   Fred received the WICHE/WCET Richard Jonsen Award in 2013.  He has served the Higher Learning Commission as a member of the Institutional Actions Council (IAC), team chair and consultant-evaluator.

Fred Hurst

 

Jaime Casap is the Education Evangelist at Google. Jaime evangelizes the power and potential of technology and the web as enabling and supporting tools in pursuit of promoting inquiry-driven project-based learning models. Jaime collaborates with school systems, educational organizations, and leaders focused on building innovation and iteration into our education policies and practices. He speaks on education, technology, innovation, and generation z, at events around the world.

 

In addition to his role at Google, Jaime serves on a number of boards for organizations focused on education, innovation, and equity.  Jaime is an adjunct professor at Arizona State University, where he teaches classes on policy, innovation, and leadership.  He also teaches a high school communication class at the Phoenix Coding Academy.

 

You can follow and reach him on Twitter at @jcasap

 

Jaime Casap

William J. Ryan, PhD is the Principal Consultant with Ryan Consulting, LLC providing strategic and technical guidance to organizations focused on developing and impacting talent through learning and performance solutions.  His unique skillset that includes academic, private industry, and government experience in positions as VP of Education, VP of Technology/CIO, National Leader of Curriculum & Technology Solutions and, most recently, at a state wide system level as the Executive Director of the nationally known competency-based initiative, Learn on Demand.  In addition, he has been an adjunct faculty member teaching and designing courses for Webster University and Excelsior College.

 

Dr. Ryan has a demonstrated record of corporate and industrial management experience beginning as an instructional designer to leading performance support and instructional design teams globally in including government contracts (Department of Energy), high technology (IBM & Westinghouse), and health-related industries including home health care and insurance (Humana).  He has assumed increasing levels of leadership and demonstrated his ability to develop a vision for learning and leadership development tied to business goals and increasing talent capabilities.   He has been a leader in the use of innovative and contemporary learning methodologies identifying appropriate learning technology (personal learning paths, gamification, expert communities, cohort learning, etc.) to meet the need of the learner and his extensive work in competency-based instruction has been at the national level.

 

Dr. Ryan has been actively involved in the Competency-Based Education Network (C-BEN) where he worked to develop the CBE conceptual model (here) and has published a number of articles centered on competency-based design and delivery on The evoLLLution online journal.  In his role as Executive Director of Learn on Demand, Dr. Ryan was actively involved in a successful TAACCCT grant that was a joint effort between six different community colleges with five new degrees being created in the computer and medical fields and eleven stackable certificates.  In this work he worked with state agencies as well as national groups including the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).  Dr. Ryan has also been working actively with different states (TN, NC, LA) and learning vendors (Pearson Education, McGraw-Hill) focused on contextualized course development and modular design.

 

In his current role he has worked with companies such as Delta Faucet in developing a staffing and development plan, Blue Circle Leadership developing a blended online program in leadership development for multicultural women, and partners with institutions interested in developing CBE programs providing curriculum review and professional development.  He completed an implementation strategy online resource and paper for a Hiring for Competency model for the National Retail Services Industry working with the ACT Foundation.  He consulted with a state initiative focused on workforce development and developing alternative paths to leverage educational resources to help businesses retain and develop their workforce.  He also provides and teaches a four-week, interactive online course, Instructional Design for Competency-Based Learning, where participants learn to create instructionally sound, competency-based assessments combining self-paced with weekly, live webinars.

 

Dr. Ryan holds a M.S. from Ithaca College focused on Instructional Design, and a Ph.D. in Computing Technology in Education from Nova Southeastern University.  For more information, please visit his web site at www.williamjryan.com, via email at wjryan@ix.netcom.com or (502) 797-2479.  He is active socially via Twitter (@WmJRyan) or welcomes connections via LinkedIn.

 

He consulted with a state initiative focused on workforce development and developing alternative paths to leverage educational resources to help businesses retain and develop their workforce. An example of this was developing a blended online program in leadership development for multicultural women.

 

William Ryan