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July 25-27, 2011 :: San Diego, CA


Alisa Cooper, Assistant Chair and Professor of English, Glendale Community College In her role as assistant chair and e-courses coordinator for the English department at Glendale Community College, Alisa works with faculty to create and improve their online and blended courses. She currently serves as a technology specialist for the Maricopa District, providing a podcasting and vodcasting series and teaching with technology and mobile learning workshops for the Maricopa Center for Learning and Instruction. Alisa previously served as an interim instructional technologist for the Title V Grant at Phoenix College.

Veronica Diaz, Associate Director, EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) and Former Instructional Technology

Manager, Maricopa Center for Learning and Instruction, Maricopa Community Colleges Prior to assuming her role with ELI, Veronica supported and led learning technologies and faculty development initiatives for Maricopa’s 10-college system. She was also the co-principal investigator for a Technological Literacy National Science Foundation grant. Previously, she was responsible for the University of Arizona College of Management’s teaching and learning with technology initiatives and was principal investigator of the Hewlett Packard Technology for Teaching grant and HP’s Tablet PC Initiative. Active in the field of online and hybrid learning and teaching innovation, Diaz is the co-chair of the EDUCAUSE Advisory Committee on Teaching and Learning and has presented seminars nationally on faculty use of instructional technology, blended learning delivery models, intellectual property policies for distributed learning environments, and emerging technologies.

Patricia McGee, Associate Professor of Instructional Technology, The University of Texas at San Antonio (Chair) As associate professor of instructional technology in the department of Educational Psychology, Patricia has designed and taught more than 20 online and blended courses. She is the recipient of a US Distance Learning Association (USDLA) Gold Award for Online Technology. She has been awarded research fellowships with the National Learning Infrastructure Initiative (EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative), American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE)/Navy, and the ASEE/Air Force. Her professional work and consulting includes K-20 education, military, nonprofit, for-profit, and public sector projects. At the University of Texas at San Antonio, she is involved in both blended and online learning initiatives, serving on advisory and planning committees and conducting research. A prolific author, Patricia publishes in the areas of online and blended pedagogy, faculty technology use, and emerging learning systems and tools.


The conference will be held at: Hotel Solamar 435 6th Avenue San Diego, CA 92101

To reserve your room, call 877-230-0300. Please indicate that you are with the Academic Impressions group to receive the room rate of $159 for single or double occupancy, plus applicable tax.

A room block has been reserved for the nights of July 24-26, 2011. Reservations must be made by July 8, 2011. There are a limited number of rooms available at the conference rate. Please make your reservations early.

A hip, luxury hotel immersed in the dynamic energy of downtown San Diego, Hotel Solamar is the perfect contemporary setting for the vibrant sun-and-sea attitudes that define California. Located in the heart of the lively Gaslamp District, this Kimpton hotel offers an ideal destination for business and leisure travelers alike. It is steps away from the city’s best shopping, dining, and entertainment and is only minutes away from San Diego International airport. High-speed Internet access is complimentary for Kimpton InTouch Guest Loyalty members (to learn more, please go to www.kimptonhotels.com/intouch).


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