April 27, 2011
What: SUNY Empire State College’s Center for Distance Learning celebrates the college’s 40thanniversary at its annual conference.
Who: Stephen Downes, plenary speaker, is an internationally recognized authority on distance and online learning. Downes introduced the concept of e-learning 2.0 and, with George Siemens, developed and defined the concept of Connectivism, using the social network approach to deliver open online courses to 3,000 participants over two years.
He developed some of Canada’s first online courses at Assiniboine Community College in Brandon, Manitoba.
A provocative innovator, Downes’ talk will be “The Role of Open Educational Resources in Personal Learning Environments – Current Trends and Future Predictions.”
When: Downes will be introduced by Tom Mackey, interim dean of the Center for Distance Learning (Friday, April 29, 9:45 – 11:15 a.m.)
Also, Paul Boyer, the youngest son of former SUNY Chancellor Ernest Boyer and his wife Kathryn, is a writer, educator and researcher specializing in Indian tribal colleges. While he has taught in a wide variety of settings, he recently became a faculty mentor for Empire State College, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in 1986. His mother Kathryn earned her bachelor's degree from the college's Northeast Center, and his nephew Gabriel graduated from the Metropolitan Center in 2004.
Boyer will be introduced by Alan R. Davis, president of the college (Friday, April 29, 4 – 5 p.m.)
Ernest Boyer is the former SUNY chancellor who was the driving force behind the establishment of SUNY Empire State College.
Where: Empire State College at 113 West Ave., Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Participants can be made available for interview immediately before or after remarks are given.
Reporters and editors please note: The conference is not open to the general public. However, both events will be webcast live over the Internet.
Webcast: Remarks at 9:45 a.m. and 4 p.m. will be webcast live. To watch either or both follow this link: http://pointers.audiovideoweb.com/asxfiles-live/va92winlive2341.asx
David M. Henahan, Director of Communications 518-587-2100, ext. 2918 David.Henahan@esc.edu
518-321-7038(after 5 p.m. and weekends)