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Ken Sadowski

Founder & Executive Director
ken@slategroup.org
708.744.9448

Ken is the Founder and Executive Director of SLATE and former Director of Learning & Instructional Technology at the University of Chicago.  He was the recipient of the 2011 Blackboard Catalyst Award for Community CollaborationOver fifteen years of academic technologies experience with an emphasis on; instructional and course design methodologies, digital media technologies, multimedia development, and web-based learning systems. Has been responsible for the institutional deployment, support, and management of Blackboard Learn since 1997 - starting with CourseInfo 2.0.  Member of the Learning Consortium Educational Advisory Board, the Blackboard Client Experience Advisory Board, the Learning Objects Advisory Board, and the Committee on Institutional Cooperation Learning Technology Group.  Completed the MOR Associates IT Leaders Cohort Program in September 2007. Co-Author, SLATE: A Community of Practice for Supporting Learning and Technology in Education, "International Journal of Instructional Technology & Distance Learning", July 2008. Author, "Developing a Community of Practice", January 2013.


Paul Heydenburg

Northeastern Illinois University
P-Heydenburg@neiu.edu


Paul is retired from his position as Learning Specialist with the Center for Teaching and Learning at NEIU, and now part-time faculty in the College of Ed. Paul was the recipient of the 2006 SLATE Star Award.  Co-Author, SLATE: A Community of Practice for Supporting Learning and Technology in Education, "International Journal of Instructional Technology & Distance Learning", July 2008. 


Russell Pearson

College of Lake Country
rpearson@clcillinois.edu


Social media enthusiast, instructional designer, Teacher, Dad, and community leader. Russ has a passion for implementing new and innovative technologies into the classroom.


Dr. Jason Rhode

Northern Illinois University
jrhode@niu.edu


With nearly 15 years of experience in the field of online learning, Jason has spent the past 8 years working closely with various units at NIU addressing faculty needs related to online teaching; developing and presenting training programs to support faculty and staff on teaching with technology and related topics, providing leadership on technology-related issues, and performs supervisory functions at the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center as Assistant Director.  Jason enjoys sharing his expertise designing and teaching online and blended courses with others as evident by being the only two-time recipient of the SLATE Star Award (2008 & 2011) and recipient of the 2012 Blackboard Catalyst Award for Community Collaboration, sharing the honor with his colleagues in the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center at NIU.  Recipient of the Key to the Community Award, BbWorld 2013.


Floyd Saner

Learning Context - Consultant & Manager
fesaner@gmail.com


Floyd provides leadership, direction, training and development for online learning and training programs with experience in needs assessment, requirements specification, course development and training for a variety of learning management platforms and clients including business and commercial establishments, academic institutions and non-profit organizations. Floyd was the recipient of the 2009 SLATE Star Award.


Dr. Carol Scheidenhelm

Loyola University Chicago
cschei1@luc.edu


Carol currently serves as the Co-Director of the Faculty Center for Ignatian Pedagogy at Loyola University Chicago. The Center is responsible for assisting faculty with the teaching and learning initiative, online teaching, and course-, program- and department-level assessment. A member of SLATE since 2002, and recipient of the, 2005 SLATE Star Award, Carol has been a proponent of promoting pedagogical topics at both the conference and monthly meetings. She has presented at each of the yearly conferences and continues to be active in helping introducing new presenters to the monthly and yearly events. Carol received her PhD in English from Northern Illinois University and has worked with instructional technologies for over 20 years.  Co-Author, SLATE: A Community of Practice for Supporting Learning and Technology in Education, "International Journal of Instructional Technology & Distance Learning", July 2008. 

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