Salve Regina University
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A senior advisor for innovation at NASA is teaming up with the chief information officer for CIEE, which operates 175 study abroad programs for students in more than 40 countries, along with some of the most renowned minds in the field to assess the current state of digital education and explore its future when they present a day-long symposium on the topic at Salve Regina University on Tuesday, Oct. 15.

The “Symposium on Digital Education,” which is open to invited students and guests, will examine current delivery, assessment and analytics of digital learning platforms with an eye on how the technology can evolve for enhancing future student success.  *Members of the media are invited to attend the symposium, which is being held from 9 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. at Salve’s Young Building, corner of Bellevue and Ruggles avenues. Please RSVP to Matt Boxler.

The symposium will feature the expertise of Charles Camarda, senior advisor for innovation to the Office of Chief Engineer at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, and Peter Morales, chief information officer at CIEE in collaboration with Irving Bruckstein, chief information officer at Salve Regina.

“The days of linear computer based training are behind us,” Bruckstein said in a press release. “The future lies with using artificial intelligence, machine learning, and advanced analytics applied to adaptive individualized learning; for maximizing student success and outcomes.” 

Camarda, who has logged 333 hours in space, will serve as master of ceremonies and will present his keynote address at 10:15 a.m. Participants will then break into working committee groups with expert panelists to focus on pedagogy, assessments, analytics and technology. The symposium will conclude with a Q&A session from 4:15-5 p.m., followed by closing thoughts.

Panelists include:

John Katzman (Pedagogy), creator of Noodle Partners, is the co-founder and former CEO of The Princeton Review and best-selling author of “Cracking the SAT.”

Diego Zapata Rivera (Assessments), Managing Principal Research Scientist in the Cognitive and Learning Sciences center at Educational Testing Service in Princeton, N.J.

Sasha Dietrichson (Analytics), founder of X-Ray learning analytics product developed for Moodle and now owned by Blackboard.

Sherif Samman (Technology), CEO of Business Transformation Technologies, LLC with 25 years of experience as an IT executive for business and higher education.

About Charles Camarda:

Camarda holds seven patents on various innovations, including NASA’s Heat-Pipe-Cooled Sandwich Panel, which was named one of the top 100 technical innovations of 1983 by Industrial Research Magazine. Named a mission specialist in 1996. He also served as a faculty at New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering. He served as a back-up crew member for Expedition 8 of the International Space Station. His first space flight was STS-114, NASA’s “return to flight” mission following the loss of the Space Shuttle Columbia. Camarda continues to work for NASA and has pioneered an engineering pedagogical approach called EPIC – that explores how to develop a mission as a collaborative training project. He has toured with this including in Finland in 2018.

He received a bachelor of science degree in aerospace engineering from Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn in 1974 and a master of science degree in engineering science from George Washington University in 1980.  In 1990, he received a doctorate in aerospace engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

About CIEE

CIEE is the country’s oldest and largest nonprofit study abroad and intercultural exchange organization. Since 1947, CIEE has helped hundreds of thousands of people gain the knowledge and skills necessary to live and work in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world by offering the most comprehensive, relevant, and valuable exchange programs available.  Every year, CIEE brings more than 45,000 people from across the world, in more than 40 countries, together in shared experiences that build bridges between individuals and communities.  Our mission and our passion is to promote harmony and understanding through education.

Symposium Agenda:

*9-9:30 a.m. – Welcome and introductions featuring Salve Regina University President, Dr. Kelli J. Armstrong and university CIO, Irv Bruckstein.

*9:30-10 a.m. – A word from CIEE featuring Peter Morales, VP and CIO.

*10:15-11 a.m. – Keynote speaker featuring Dr. Charles Camarda, NASA, Epic Foundation,

*11 a.m.-noon – Working groups input to each committee.

*Noon- 1 p.m. – Lunch and committees.

*1-1:45 p.m. – Report from the Pedagogy Committee.

*1:45-2:30 p.m. – Report from the Assessments Committee.

*2:30-2:45 p.m. – Break.

*2:45-3:30 p.m. – Report from the Analytics Committee.

*3:30-4:15 p.m. – Report from the Educational Technology Committee.

*4:15-5 p.m. – Panel Q&A.

*5-5:15 p.m. – Wrap-up.

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