April 26, 2012

SUNY Empire State College Center for Distance Learning Conference to Feature Dr. Bakary Diallo from African Virtual University

Diallo is an Internationally Recognized Leader in Open Education

The seventh annual Center Distance Learning conference, "An Open Community of Learning, Teaching and Mentoring,” is set for April 27-28 featuring special guest and plenary speaker Dr. Bakary Diallo, CEO and rector of African Virtual University.

Dr. Bakary Diallo

(SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - April 26, 2012) The  SUNY Empire State College Center for Distance Learning welcomes Dr. Bakary Diallo, CEO and rector of the African Virtual University, as plenary speaker for the seventh annual CDL conference.

This year’s theme is “An Open Community for Learning Teaching and Mentoring.”

“As the college continues to engage in ideas related to open learning and Open SUNY we are excited about this opportunity to welcome an international leader in open education to our annual conference,” said CDL Dean Thomas Mackey. “As this year’s keynote speaker, Dr. Bakary Diallo will inspire us with his experience leading the highly successful and innovative African Virtual University.” 

Diallo will participate from Nairobi, Kenya utilizing the college’s state-of-the-art video conferencing technology.  High-quality video conferencing provides flexibility for busy schedules and the opportunity to save time and reduce expenses associated with traveling.

A special feature of this year’s conference will be sessions on the course-management system MOODLE. A number of the sessions at this year’s conference will be offered virtually in an effort to expand access and increase participation around the world.

Mackey also stated, “We welcome everyone to watch the live video stream of the conference available on ESC-TV, and to interact through our Twitter feed.” 

CDL’s handle for the conference is @ESCCDLC and the Twitter page is available here.

Anyone can virtually attend selected sessions via the newly launched ESC-TV at www.esc.edu/esctv.

Below is the schedule for the live webcasts:

9:45-10:15 a.m.: Thomas P. Mackey, dean, “Welcome”

10:15-11:30 a.m.: Bakary Diallo, plenary speaker

11:45 a.m. -12:15 p.m.: Thomas P. Mackey and Jennifer Boisvert, “Introducing Moodle”

12:45–1:45 p.m.: Keith Landa, “Learning about Moodle”

4:15–5 p.m.: President Alan R. Davis, “Reflections of Empire State College”

About Bakary Diallo

Plenary speaker Bakary Diallo is CEO and rector of the African Virtual University, an intergovernmental organization based in Kenya whose mandate is to significantly increase pan-African access to quality higher education and training through the innovative use of information-communication technologies.

Diallo has been working in the education sector for 23 years as a secondary-school teacher in his native Senegal, and as an academic, a consultant, a project administrator and a researcher in higher education. He earned his Ph.D. in educational administration from the University of Ottawa, where he also served as part-time lecturer in the Faculty of Education and as a consultant on the integration of information and communications technology.

About SUNY Empire State College

SUNY Empire State College was established in 1971 to offer adult learners the opportunity to earn associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the State University of New York.

In addition to awarding credit for prior college-level learning, the college pairs each student with a faculty mentor who supports that student throughout his or her college career. Students engage in guided independent study and course work onsite, online or a combination of both, which provides the flexibility for students to learn at the time, place and pace of their choosing.

The college serves more than 20,000 students worldwide at more than 35 locations in New York state and online. Its 63,000 alumni are active in their communities as entrepreneurs, politicians, business professionals, artists, nonprofit agency employees, teachers, veterans and active military, union members and more.

More information about the college is available here.

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