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October 26, 2009


University of Maine at Fort Kent professors, Dr. Soraya Cardenas, Dr. Thomas A. (Tony) Enerva, and Dr. Raymond T. Albert will present before the Sloan Consortium (Sloan-C) New England Regional Conference, to be held this Friday, October 30, at the University of Southern Maine, in Portland.  

Sloan-C is an institutional and professional leadership organization dedicated to integrating online education into the mainstream of higher education, helping institutions and individual educators improve the quality, scale, and breadth of online education.  

Dr. Cardenas will presentation is entitled: Opening the Cyber Door: Using Online Teaching to Conduct Research.  

Through careful planning and instruction, students can participate in the process of collecting and interpreting original data. This presentation discusses how effective research can be conducted online in order to increase learning effectiveness and support research initiatives. A case study will be used to demonstrate the process. 

Dr. Cardenas is an assistant professor at UMFK, and is an environmental sociologist. She has presented papers at the American Sociological Association and the Midwest Sociological Society.  She is a former recipient of the Fulbright Scholarship and the Hesburgh Award for teaching excellence.

Dr. Enerva will present on: Strategies Employed to Develop an Online Degree Program.  Developing an online degree program can be overwhelming and challenging, however, specific strategies and resources can be utilized mitigating the obstacles that prevent most faculty from considering this project. 

Enerva is Program director and assistant professor of Rural Public Safety Administration and Criminal Justice at UMFK.  He has a Juris Doctorate from the University of Minnesota and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration from San Diego State University. He has been teaching in higher education for twenty-three years.  

Dr. Enerva’s academic interests and teaching responsibilities include law, public administration, criminal justice and public safety. He has a strong interest in distance education.  He has developed three, online degree programs and over twenty-five online courses. His training includes Blackboard and WebCT, as well as WebTutor and Turn-it-in.  

Enerva also serves on the UMS TTT (Teaching Through Technology) Committee, addressing distance education and learning on the seven campuses.  He has collaborated with several universities and colleges regarding articulation, course sequencing, and online courses. 

Dr.  Albert will present as part of a panel on: Approaches to Blended ("Hybrid") Learning within the University of Maine System. 

The notion of blended ("hybrid") learning is evolving. Creative approaches to blending of delivery modalities and corresponding instructional strategies are being widely explored. This panel presentation by faculty representatives across the state of Maine will provide audience members an opportunity to learn more about ongoing efforts and to share their own experiences.   

Dr. Albert has over 21 years of traditional, interactive television, and web-based university teaching experience. He has served as Software Quality Engineer for NASA. His most recently-earned post-graduate certification is in Information Assurance and Security from Purdue University Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS).  

Albert has designed and implemented commercial online faculty/course evaluation systems and has developed educational game software that served K-12 audiences for more than 15 years. 

Membership in the Sloan Consortium provides knowledge, practice, community, and direction for educators. Originally funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Sloan-C is now a non-profit, member sustained organization.  

The Consortium helps learning organizations continually improve quality, scale, and breadth of their online programs according to their own distinctive missions, so that education will become a part of everyday life, accessible and affordable for anyone, anywhere, at any time, in a wide variety of disciplines.   

Sloan-C supports the collaborative sharing of knowledge and effective practices to improve online education in learning effectiveness, access, affordability for learners and providers, and student and faculty satisfaction.   ###