2016 TxDLA Conference

Thursday, March 31st, 2016
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM: Closing Keynote & Annual Business Meeting
Closing Keynote and Annual Membership Meeting: Achieving the Impossible: Unsung Heroes Push Possibilities
Imagine distance learning ten years from now, perhaps just five, and think about the role you have played so far. Think about those around you and how they interact within a sensitive ecosystem of dependencies and complexities. There are many "unsung heroes" which surface and many unique and innovative approaches that push distance learning beyond imagination. Join Belinda and Marci as they take us on a journey through their own experiences and share some of yours and the ways others are pushing the boundaries to take distance learning beyond imagination.
Room: Lone Star Ballroom (Floor 2)
Prof. Belinda Tynan, The Open University, Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Learning Innovation
As Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Learning Innovation, Professor Tynan contributes to the strategic vision and mission of the University and has a focus on supporting student success by providing executive leadership in the areas of innovation, strategy and policy development, production, informal learning and research and scholarship in technology enhanced learning. The PVC is chair of several of the University's main governance committees, including the Institute of Educational Technology, which is at the heart of the University's mission to be a world leader in the design, content and delivery of supported open and distance learning through the innovative use of technology.

Prior to joining the The Open University in 2013, Professor Belinda Tynan was Pro-Vice-Chancellor Learning, Teaching and Quality at the University of Southern Queensland, Australia. She is an active researcher with expertise in technology enhanced learning, staff development and scholarship and learning and teaching pedagogy. She has 70 peer reviewed articles, books and book chapters and in excess of 3000 views and more than 2600 downloads on ResearchGate. She is a frequently invited speaker, experienced postgraduate supervisor and has more than thirty years of experience in the education sector in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and the UK. She is on the editorial board of two major journals, a non-executive director of the Executive Committee of the European Distance Education Network and FutureLearn (UK); on the board of the Menzies Centre at Kings College, London and the Singapore Institute of Management International Academic Panel (IAP 2016). She additionally holds a two year appointment as a member of the Polytechnic Quality Assurance Framework (PQAF) External Review Panel for the Ministry of Education, Singapore.
Marci Powell, Marci Powell & Associates, CEO and President
Marci Powell is an expert in the field of educational technology with extensive experience in applications related to lifelong learning and innovation. Powell began her career as a classroom teacher and has served as an administrator at various educational institutions across Texas. Marci has been inducted into the Texas Distance Learning Association (TxDLA) and United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) Halls of Fame and most recently was recognized as a European Distance and Elearning Network (EDEN) Fellow for her distinguish contributions to the European learning field. She is Chair Emerita and Past President of the USDLA and currently chairs the Global Partnership Committee. Marci also sits on the High Level Advisory Board of the International Council for Open and Distance Education. Higher Ed Tech Decisions named Marci as a 2014 Top 10 Leaders in Higher Education. With over 25 years of progressive leadership and management serving as an advisor to public and private sectors in the Americas, Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Asia Pacific, Marci shares global best practices in digital learning.