Learning Analytics Forum Presenters

Krista DeLeeuw, Learner Experience Analyst, Gies College of Business, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Krista DeLeeuw, PhD is a cognitive psychologist turned data analyst and visualization designer who is always looking for the most insightful ways to share actionable data. As the Learner Experience Analyst, Krista develops dashboards that draw on learning analytics and student feedback to continually improve online MBA courses. Krista holds a PhD and MA in Cognitive Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and has worked in higher education across the US and in Germany and Scotland.

Anthony Devine, Associate Director of Learning & Teaching (Management), Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow
Anthony is Associate Director of Learning & Teaching and Senior Lecturer in Accounting at Adam Smith Business School. Working with the Learning & Teaching leadership team, Anthony has oversight of a range of strategic projects to embed the learning and teaching strategy. He has significant experience in learning and teaching through his work with external accreditation bodies such as AACSB where he currently serves as global lead for Assurance of Learning. Anthony’s research encompasses a range of topics which include blockchain, technology, governance, accounting, and family business.  Prior to joining the Business School, Anthony was at Northumbria University where he undertook a range of roles including Programme Leader, Director of Accreditation, Associate Head of Department, and University Strategic Lead for the Middle East. In addition to Learning and Teaching, Anthony has extensive experience with the creation, maintenance, and growth of international campuses.

Janet Duck, Clinical Professor of Management and Organization & Director of Excellence in
Teaching & Learning, Smeal College of Business, Penn State

Janet Duck is a clinical professor of management and organization and director of excellence in teaching & learning, at the Smeal College of Business. Additionally, Janet is the faculty chair for the Online MBA (OMBA), led by Smeal. As the academic lead for Professional Graduate Programs (PGP) and the OMBA she is responsible for portfolio-wide integration of academic innovation & development through implementation of the Creative Team Model (CTM) involving collaborative efforts with lead faculty, teaching support specialists (TSS) and instructional designers. Janet is also responsible for the development and teaching of graduate courses in the OMBA related to team performance, change management, organizational development, and leadership communications.  Given her extensive years of experience teaching in the graduate online space, Janet’s current role focuses on elevating the online teaching and learning experience through collaborative teaching models. This portfolio-wide initiative is driven by her work with learning analytics which utilizes a unique analytical design approach to course innovation. This approach seeks to inspire and support desired student behavior in the classroom and is based on a data-informed innovation process. Janet has taught at the graduate-level since joining Penn State in 1997, and has authored courses and taught in the graduate, online classroom since 2003. She has over 15 years of industry experience in areas including change management, team development, and organizational culture and development in both domestic and international markets. She earned her Ph.D. in Workforce Development from Penn State and an MBA from Lebanon Valley College. Janet has published in areas such as trust and collaboration in virtual teams, self-efficacy in team formation, and effectiveness and interactions in online teaching and learning.  Janet was awarded outstanding faculty repeatedly since 2007 and was featured in the New York Times for her early work in the future of online classrooms. She co-leads the efforts of the OMBA academic and steering committees and serves on related committees for the PGP Smeal portfolio.

Andrew W. Hannah, President, Othot, Adjunct Professor and Executive/Entrepreneur-in-Residence, University of Pittsburgh
Andy is the President of the Othot Division of Liaison International, a higher education technology company that helps colleges and universities achieve their enrollment and student success goals.  In 2014, Andy co-founded Othot with the mission of applying Artificial Intelligence (AI) to the student lifecycle.  The Othot platform uses Machine Learning (ML) to enable institutions to predict student outcomes (e.g., enrollment, persistence, graduation, etc.) and produce insights and prescriptions that maximize the likelihood of student success.  Andy is also an Adjunct Professor of Business Analytics and an Entrepreneur-In-Residence at the University of Pittsburgh. At Pitt, Andy is developing and delivering curriculum/student experiences at the intersection of analytics and entrepreneurship that develop skills for graduates to be leaders in the blossoming business analytics field.  In addition, he is a Senior Advisor and Faculty member of the International Institute of Analytics.  Andy’s vision is to apply AI and ML to help institutions identify individuals who wish to pursue additional education to complete their degrees, gain graduate degrees and/or upskill to further their career aspirations and passions.  His objective is to develop a platform for institutions that will enable on-point lifelong learning at the right time and place for the student.  Andy has been an entrepreneur since 1995, a calling that has stayed firmly with him ever since. He has played leading C-Level roles at five high tech start-ups over the past two-plus decades, and the resulting perspectives, learnings, and expertise are the cornerstones of his endeavors.  Andy’s companies touched a range of industries such as ed-tech, information, software, consulting, and material science.

Cheryl Horten, Instructor and Teaching Support Specialist, Smeal College of Business, Penn State
Cheryl Horten is an Instructor and Teaching Support Specialist in Business Analytics with the Smeal College of Business.  She joined Penn State in 2018 as a grass roots contributor to the Creative Team Model.  Cheryl also holds the position of Academic Coordinator in which she uses analytics to drive innovation and strategic evolution of  the professional graduate student’s learning experience.  Cheryl holds an MBA from Penn State University and is currently pursuing a DBA with a focus on innovation and technology from Marymount University.

Christine MacKrell, Manager, Educational Solutions, Higher Education Division, ETS
 Christine assists institutions of higher education with their assessment plans and processes.  She helps programs with continuous improvement in major fields and general education outcomes.  Christine guides institutions in their efforts to improve student learning outcomes, provides logistical training for test administration, and assists clients will all facets of test administration and score interpretation.  Christine has a bachelor’s degree from Widener University and an MBA from Saint Joseph’s University.

Tawnya Means, Assistant Dean for Educational Innovation and Chief Learning Officer, Gies College of Business, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Tawnya Means, PhD is the Assistant Dean for Educational Innovation and Chief Learning Officer in the Gies College of Business at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Prior to this role, Tawnya served as the Assistant Dean and Director of the Teaching and Learning Center for the College of Business at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the Director of the Teaching and Learning Center at the Warrington College of Business at the University of Florida, leading teaching and learning support and providing faculty development programs and resources for instructional innovation and adoption of pedagogical best practices. With 20 years of experience in higher education, course design, and educational consulting, Tawnya has also taught courses in entrepreneurship, strategy, technology, and leadership in remote teams. Dr. Means received her B.S. in Education, M.S. in Educational Technology, and Ph.D. in Information Science and Learning Technologies with an emphasis on learning systems design, all from the University of Missouri. She completed the AACSB Post-doctoral bridge program in Management and Entrepreneurship at the University of Florida. Her research interests are in online and blended learning, active learning, learning space design, technology for teaching, access to digital learning resources, and faculty preparation to teach. She has long been a leader in campus initiatives and committees and actively presents at conferences and other institutions and organizations on technology-enhanced learning.

Chris Millet, Senior Director of World Campus Learning Design, Penn State
Chris Millet is the Senior Director of World Campus Learning Design at Penn State, where he oversees a team responsible for the design and development of online courses in a wide range of academic programs, in addition to coordinating World Campus faculty development. He provides leadership for university policies and organizational processes related to online learning and educational technology, including the university's Canvas LMS. His current work focuses on learning analytics and building a data-informed decision making culture at Penn State. Chris is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Learning, Design, and Technology at Penn State.

Suzanne Mintz, Vice President of Accreditation, AACSB
Suzanne Mintz serves as Vice President, Accreditation at AACSB International. In her role she has responsibility for the performance of AACSB’s global accreditation team and leads the development and implementation of strategic and operational accreditation initiatives in support of the AACSB mission. She is responsible for overseeing strategic partnerships with other accreditation bodies, and oversees the management of AACSB’s volunteer network globally, including training, engagement and recognition strategies for AACSB’s volunteers. Prior to joining AACSB, Mintz worked in corporate training and development in the financial services industry, responsible for overseeing the implementation of sales and management development programs. She holds an MBA in finance and management from the University of South Florida in Tampa and is a certified Project Management Professional.

Sandra Nagy, Managing Director, Future Design School
Sandra has dedicated her career to innovation in learning and building effective organizational strategy.  She is a firm believer in the capacity of educators to drive future-skill development, and in sustained professional development that leverages a blend of learning tools.  With over two decades of experience, Sandra leads the Education Practice at Future Design School, building strong academic partnerships with school leaders that help to drive their strategic priorities through consulting support, professional development and efficacious curriculum resources.  Prior to her current role, Sandra spent over a decade as a senior digital strategist with Pearson Education. She has also spent time at Accenture and The Learning Partnership.  Sandra has a Master's in Education from Harvard University, focused on Technology in Education, and holds a Bachelor of Commerce focused on Organizational Behaviour and Entrepreneurship from McGill University.

Casey Nugent, Director, Student Information Systems, Analytics, and Application Services, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Casey Nugent is the Director of Student Information Systems, Analytics, and Application Services for the Lincoln campus at the University of Nebraska.  With over 20 years of experience working in and supporting higher education, he currently leads teams providing learning analytics solutions, custom application development & support, and student information system integration.  After leading University initiatives to implement and deploy data visualization and data platform solutions, he is now leveraging partnerships with faculty, administrators, and instructional designers to architect tools focused on providing analytics to inform learning-related decision-making both inside and outside of the classroom.

Kaj Pedersen, Chief Technology Officer, AstrumU
Forward-thinking executive currently leading technology for AstrumU and with over 20 years experience in venture creation: FinTech, MedTech, EdTech, Search and Investment Management. Entrepreneur with a proven record of success in setting strategic directions and leading teams to reach challenging goals.  Trusted business advisor; an incisive decision-maker who consistently delivers results. Visionary leader who is effective in leveraging innovative technologies to realize significant ROI improvements, expertly leading product development, service delivery, expense reduction, and efficiency improvement initiatives.

Sarah Prevette, CEO & Founder, Future Design School
Sarah Prevette has developed transformational strategy for some of the country’s biggest business leaders and renowned brands. Globally recognized for her work in human-centered design and entrepreneurship, she is proud to work alongside an incredible team of educators to drive innovation inside schools. Prevette’s organization, Future Design School, provides world-class strategy development, professional training programs and resources that empower effective leadership and personalized learning.  Schools across North America leverage Future Design School in order to build capacity with their existing teams and to drive critical skill development with their students. The organization works with school leaders to establish holistic, long term strategic plans that have immediate, measurable impact. Through a wide range of services that include world-class professional development and comprehensive curriculum; the Future Design School team actively supports educators in designing exceptional, experiential learning for students. The company proudly supports over 100,000 educators and has reached over a million students globally.  Prevette has an illustrious history of innovation. After starting her career at an early stage startup in 1997, she gained invaluable experience in all aspects of business as she worked with an entrepreneurial team to scale the company into a global behemoth. She was recruited to run product development and marketing for a large software company, which she helped grow and sell to Thomson Reuters in 2008. Prevette then founded Sprouter; the world’s first online community providing real-time advice to startups. The platform was acquired in 2011 and she went on to build BetaKit – a popular technology news site that was acquired in 2013. In 2014, she joined forces with talented business leaders from some of the world’s top companies like LEGO, Virgin and Starbucks to create a venture capital fund that actively invested millions of dollars in early-stage startups across a wide variety of industries and created nearly a billion dollars in net worth.  Sarah has been named by Inc Magazine as one of the top entrepreneurs in North America and one of the “Top 20 Power Elite” by Canadian Business. She is frequently in the media and has been profiled by numerous prestigious publications including The Globe and Mail, Entrepreneur Magazine and The Wall Street Journal. She is an in-demand speaker who has delivered keynote speeches at prestigious events including South by Southwest, Big Omaha, GrowCo, Summit Series and Google Forward and has lectured at many academic institutions including Harvard, Columbia and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She is an active advisor and investor in several companies, as well as an esteemed board member for Communitech and VentureLAB. Sarah proudly serves as Chair of Canada’s Semiconductor Council and continues to advocate for technology innovation in her ongoing advisory work with various levels of government.

Jess Resig, Senior Instructional Designer, Penn State University
Jess Resig is a senior instructional designer and the lead ID for the World Campus Business portfolio. She joined Penn State in 2013, and her current efforts involve collaborating with faculty, design staff, and program directors to leverage learning analytics to support course enhancement. She holds a master’s degree in instructional technology from Duquesne University and a Ph.D. in instructional design and technology from Old Dominion University.

Karen Tarnoff, Assistant Dean for Assurance of Learning and Assessment, College of Business, Technology at East Tennessee State University
Karen is currently serving as the Assistant Dean for Assurance of Learning and Assessment for the College of Business and Technology at East Tennessee State University. She coordinates the assessment of student learning outcomes across seven diverse departments (i.e., Accountancy; Geography, Economics, Finance, and Urban Studies; Management and Marketing; Computer and Information Sciences; Family and Consumer Sciences; Military Science; and Technology) and multiple accrediting bodies (i.e., SACS, AACSB, ABET, CADE, and AAFCS). She has given multiple presentations on assurance of learning and assessment-related topics and has helped many schools build and refine their assessment systems.  Karen is advisor to ETSU's chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management, recognized in 1998 as the best chapter in the nation. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Northeast Tennessee Professional Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management and is the founder and coordinator of the annual HR Expo professional conference. In 1999, she received the University's first Jan Phillips Mentoring Award in recognition of her efforts on behalf of ETSU's students and is a five-time nominee for the College's Teaching Award.  Karen is a facilitator and trainer for the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) having co-authored materials for its Applied Assessment Seminar. She has helped many colleges and universities develop and refine their assessment programs. Her primary areas of research include assessment of student learning, the skills gap, team-based work systems, and shared mental models.
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