Date: October 29, 2013
Time: 12:00 PM to 03:30 PM

Co-Sponsored by NJEDge’s Academic Technology Group and the Technology Across the Curriculum Group of WPUNJ

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Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are growing in popularity at colleges and universities across the country at a phenomenal pace. They are the newest type of online learning experience open to people around the world.

What is a MOOC?
How is a MOOC organized?
What is it like to teach a MOOC?

Find out more by attending a panel discussion this fall at William Paterson University.

The MOOC Experience: Faculty Reflections

Ken Ronkowitz, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT)


Ken Ronkowitz has been designing and teaching online courses since 2000. He was the Manager of Instructional Technology at the New Jersey Institute of Technology for seven years where he managed the design of online courses for the University as well as for corporate clients. From 2008-2012 he directed the Federal writing grant at Passaic County Community College. He continues to teach at PCCC and also online for the graduate program in Professional Technical Communication at NJIT. Ken has taught in a MOOC environment since 2011 and taught the “Academia and the MOOC” course offered byNJEDge.Net in the Canvas Network in 2013. Ken started his career in education in 1975 as a secondary school teacher of English.

Mary Zedeck, Seton Hall University

Mary Zedeck is an Instructional Designer with Seton Hall University’s Teaching, Learning and Technology Center where she is responsible for supporting faculty in the design, integration and assessment of technology resources for courses and programs on campus, as well as hybrid and online. Mary also manages the Freshman Studies ePortfolio program and is leading the campus Early Alert Retention Initiative. Training is an important part of Mary’s role at the university where she organizes and teaches workshops and programs in emerging technology including virtual worlds, online/hybrid design, Web 2.0, and social media.

Sandra Miller, William Paterson University

Dr. Sandra. L. Miller provides leadership and vision for the departments of Academic Technology, Media Services, and Broadcast, Production and Support for Cable, Satellite, and Videoconferencing. Miller was the PI for NJVID, an IMLS National Leadership Grant in 2007-2011. Miller’s recent conference presentations have included: Lilly Conference on “Creating a Video Dialogue Using Video Clips” in 2013, EDUCAUSE Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference in 2012 on “Planning for Informal Learning Spaces”, EDUCAUSE National Conference in 2010 on “NJVid: A Collaborative Portal for Statewide Video Access” and “Focus Groups as Formative Assessment” at CCUMC in 2008. Miller (2013) currently has a chapter on “Creating a Video Dialogue” in the Plugged-In Professor, Eds., Ferris, S. and Wilder, P., has published with Felson, J. “Student response systems: Are they for large classes only?” in the College and University Media Review 2009, “Faculty Focus Groups” in the College and University Media Review 2007-2008, “Video as process and product” in EDUCAUSE Quarterly, 2005 and numerous other technology articles. Miller was awarded the Innovation Technology Award by NJLA-CUS in 2011 and along with NJEDge, the 2012 WOW award from WCET. Miller has served as an NGLC Grant Reviewer, EDUCAUSE Review article reviewer, and is President-Elect for CCUMC. Miller received her doctorate in Educational Technology from Pepperdine University.

Mung Chiang, Princeton University

Mung Chiang is the Arthur LeGrand Doty Professor of Electrical Engineering at Princeton University. His research on networking received the Alan T. Waterman Award (2013) and the IEEE Kiyo Tomiyasu Award (2012). A Technology Review TR35 Award recipient (2007) and founder of the Princeton EDGE Lab, his technologies have resulted in several commercial adoptions. His education activities received the Frederick Emmons Terman Award (2013) from ASEE. He started the “3 Nights and Done” learning platform, and his MOOC reached 90,000 students in 2012-2013. The corresponding textbooks, “Networked Life: 20 Questions and Answers,” which received the PROSE Award in Engineering and Technology (2012) from AAP, and “Networks Illustrated: 8 Principles without Calculus”, adapted to individual readers via a mobile app. He chairs Princeton University’s Committee on Classroom Design, the founding steering committee of the IEEE Transactions on Network Science and Engineering, and co-chaired the U.S. NITRD Workshop on Complex Engineered Networks.

Dr. Bela Florenthal , Pennsylvania State University 

Dr. Bela Florenthal graduated from the Smeal College of Business Administration, Pennsylvania State University with a Ph.D. in Marketing. Her professional areas of interest include social media, e-learning, e-tailing/retailing, and culture-based behavior. Her teaching experience is in Marketing Management, Consumer Behavior, Introduction to Marketing, and Marketing Research.

Loretta C. Mc Laughlin Vignier,William Paterson University



Loretta C. Mc Laughlin Vignier is an Assistant Professor of Media Production and Broadcast Journalism at William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey specializing in television production.  She has served as the chairperson of the Technology Across the Curriculum (TAC) Committee since 2011.  In 2012, she moderated a campus-wide forum on E-books.  In spring 2013, Loretta co-presented at an iPad teaching circle.  She is currently doing research on the use of cell phones to alleviate test-taking anxiety.

Christopher Brinton, Princeton University

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Christopher Brinton is a third year PhD Candidate at Princeton University in the Department of Electrical Engineering. His primary research focus is on developing machine learning and social networking techniques to enhance the efficacy of massively scalable digital and online education. He is a MOOC co-instructor, reaching out to over 90,000 students from 2012-2013, and co-author of the textbook Networks Illustrated: 8 Principles Without Calculus, which became a best-seller on Amazon, and also adapted to individual readers in a mobile app format. Chris received his Master’s Degree in EE from Princeton University in May 2013, and his BSEE from The College of New Jersey (valedictorian and summa cum laude) in May 2011.

Panel Discussion 12:30 – 1:45

Followed by the NJEDge.Net Academic Technology Group (ATG) 1:45 – 3:30
Deep Dive into MOOC with Ken, Mary, Sandie & Chris


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