Welcome to the Fall 2009 newsletter!
This newsletter comes with some exciting flashbacks from this past year, including highlights of the EDEN Research Workshop 2008, Graduation Class 2009, MDE Academic Program Review, New ongoing program initiatives and news about faculty, students and graduates. We also would like to share with you information about upcoming events and projects that you might be interested in taking on an active role.
New websites for the MDE...
The MDE program HUB
You are seeing this newsletter in a new place... this is the MDE HUB. We have pulled out all the important information that was sitting in the "sidelines" of our MDE Blog, and organized in such a way that now you can search for the information in a specific place, instead of using a sidebar for it. In doing that, we were able to add more information in terms of advising and detail our ongoing projects. This new site has also allowed us to develop the newsletter in an integrated place, instead of a having a floating pdf file. Please bookmark this site: http://mdehub.weebly.com, and visit us often. Our blog also continues its existence at http://mdeblog.blogspot.com
New MDE website at Oldenburg
There is a new mde website http://www.mde.uni-oldenburg.de/ This gives the MDE new visibility for German and European students.
5th EDEN Research Workshop
New faculty and guest lecturers
We would like to welcome one new faculty member - Dr. Linda J. Smith and a new guest lecturer - Dr. Sarah Guri-Rosenblit. Linda is currently teaching DETT 607, and Sarah is participating as a guest lecturer in one of the sections of OMDE 601. Learn more about these two new members of our MDE community below.
Linda Smith is our new faculty since July'09. She is a graduate of the MDE program and has then moved on to complete her doctoral degree in Instructional Systems in the Department of Educational Psychology and Learning Systems at Florida State University (FSU). Linda's work has been shared in publications and presentations at international conferences. Before the MDE, Linda completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities and continued study through a Master of Arts degree in English (both at FSU). Then she added post-graduate work in Information Systems Technology while working at the Social Security Administration (SSA) in Baltimore, MD. At the SSA, she spent more than 30 years in a civil service career. She began work in computer programming, systems analysis and design. As her career progressed, she held a variety of senior management positions in quality assurance, process redesign evaluation, and program development and research. Many of the projects she worked on and led were national in scope. Then with the MDE, she was inspired to start a new career as a distance educator. Thus, Linda brings a wealth of experience to the program.
Sarah Guri-Rosenblit is currently the Director of International Academic Outreach, The Open University of Israel. Her area of expertise is comparative research of higher education, with a special focus on distance education and e-learning. She published books and dozens of articles in these fields. Her new book on Digital Technologies in Higher Education: Sweeping Expectations and Actual Effects was published in March 2009 by Nova Science in New York. She got her PhD from Stanford University in 1984 in education and political science. She has participated in the last decade in many international and national forums on various aspects of higher education. She was selected in 2005/6 as one of the 30 New Century Scholars in the Fulbright Program on: 'Higher Education in the 21st Century: Global Challenge and National Response'. Since 2003 she has been a member of the Scientific Committee of Europe and North America in the UNESCO Forum of Higher Education, Research and Knowledge. She is also a member in expert evaluations panels of HESC (Higher Education and Social Change) under the auspices of the European Science Foundation, and the Bellagio Conference Center of the Rockefeller Foundation.
One important ticket item on the MDE management's agenda is the renewal of our accreditation with EFMD-CEL. We have started the process earlier this month, and we should be handing the board our self-assessment early January. The auditors should be visiting us early March 2010. We will keep everyone informed about the process as we move forward.
ASF Series as e-books
The ASF Series will be freely available as e-books starting from Spring term 2010. In case some of the books or book chapters appear as required reading in some of the syllbi faculty should take them off the list of books required to be bought! However, the books will also be availble in printed form.
MDE 10th Anniversary
In 2010, the MDE celebrates its 10th anniversary. This is a moment of joy, as well as an opportunity for reflection and renewal of our commitment with all our stakeholders: students, alumni, faculty and society. We are already under way of several ways that we can celebrate this occasion, such as the Video project just mentioned above. We also intend to have celebratory publications and an eventual virtual conference. If you have any suggestions, please post them here. We would like to count on volunteers to help us celebrate this important milestone. Let us know how you believe you can help...
Suggestions and sign-up for 10th Anniversary Celebration
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The 6th EDEN Research Workshop