Distance Learning Conference 2013

Location: Performance Center of the Guillot University Center

7:45 a.m.-8:30 a.m.

Coffee/Pastry (Book Signing)           

8:30 a.m.-8:35 a.m.

Welcome by Dr. William G. Cale, Jr.

8:35 a.m.-9:45 a.m.

Keynote Address

Topic: “The Digital Generation Comes of Age”

Presented by David Pogue

For the last 20 years, computers and technology have been part of the everyday curriculum for a generation or two of digitally privileged kids – and, as they become the majority, it's show time. As computer-literate children become America's new leaders, visionaries, and designers, how will their digital upbringing affect society and culture? New York Times technology columnist David Pogue takes a thoughtful, funny look at how the tidal wave will hit as the digital generation enters prime time – what we'll gain, what we'll lose, and what beliefs and approaches will shift into something we've never seen before.

10:00 a.m.-10:50 a.m.

Student Panel

Topic: “Student Expectations in Online Education”

Moderated by Mr. Scott Ready; featuring UNA students

What do students want in their online courses? How can we as faculty meet those needs? Do we have something to learn from the other side of the podium (even when the podium is virtual)? A group of students from a cross-section of the university will have a chance to voice their opinions in this thought-provoking session.

11:00 a.m.-11:45 a.m.


Topic: “Universal Design: An Approach to Quality Assurance”

Presented by Dr. Mark Gale

Universal Design incorporates instructional experiences which make the acquisition of knowledge and skill more efficient, effective, and appealing. The process consists broadly of determining the current state and needs of the learner, defining the end goal of instruction, and creating some "intervention" to assist in the transition. The process is influence by pedagogically and andragogically tested theories of learning and may take place in student-only, teacher-led or community-based settings.

11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.


 Instructional Design at UNA \Presented by Ms. Natasha Lindsey, Instructional Designer

Instructional Design is that branch of knowledge concerned with research and theory about instructional strategies and the process for developing and implementing those strategies. During this session, Ms. Lindsey will discuss her new role at UNA and opportunities for faculty to improve the design of their courses.

 12:15 p.m.-1:00 p.m.

Buffet Lunch (in the Banquet Hall)                                   Including a Q&A Session and a Conference Wrap Up with ETS Staff

Our Presenters   

Dr. David Pogue writes the tech column for the New York Times every week, and in Scientific American every month. He's the host of "NOVA ScienceNow" and other science shows on PBS, and he's been a correspondent for "CBS Sunday Morning" since 2002.

With over 3 million books in print, Dr. Pogue is one of the world's bestselling how-to authors. He wrote or co-wrote seven books in the "for Dummies" series (including Macs, Magic, Opera, and Classical Music); in 1999, he launched his own series of complete, funny computer books called the Missing Manual series, which now includes 120 titles.

Dr. Pogue graduated summa cum laude from Yale in 1985, with distinction in Music, and he spent ten years conducting and arranging Broadway musicals in New York. He's won an Emmy, a Loeb award for journalism, and an honorary doctorate in music. He's been profiled on "48 Hours" and "60 Minutes." He lives in Connecticut with his three children. His web site is


Mr. Scott Ready currently manages a consulting team providing Strategic and Implementation solutions to corporations and institutions of higher education regarding their virtual learning environment. Previously the Director of Online Education at Spartanburg Community College where he administered the development and operation of the online educational environment for the college by working closely with the executive administrators, faculty and staff.  Additionally served as Department Chair for the Interpreter Training Program at Spartanburg Community College where he developed a face-to-face degree program into a fully online degree program and managed all the operations and staff.


Dr. Mark Gale is the Coordinator for the Center for Instructional Technology at Athens University, and as such is responsible for creating and managing faculty training. He is responsible for technology dissemination and serves as technical support for instructional systems.  He is also the recipient of the Blackboard Exemplary Course Award, a peer-reviewed award given to courses that show evidence of exemplary design practices and development. Prior to his time at Athens, Dr. Gale was a Multimedia and Distance Learning Specialist at Auburn University.


Ms. Natasha Lindsey is a former UNA graduate and currently a student at the University of Alabama where she is working on her dissertation entitled "Asynchronous Education, Interpersonal Skills and the 21st Century Workforce." Her degree program is Educational Leadership with an emphasis in instructional technology through the UA Department of Educational Leadership, Policy and Technology Studies. She has been an employee of UNA since 1993 and has spent the last 10 years teaching full time within the College of Business. In the fall of 2012, Natasha joined the ETS department to serve as a full time faculty member and instructional designer. ETS welcomes Natasha to the team in support of the university’s commitment to Quality Assurance in online education and student learning.