Featured Presentation

A New Class of Course: Why Mashing up the MOOC and the Math Emporium Matters!

Myk Garn, PhD., Featured Speaker, Valdosta State University, 2014 Online Lifeline Conference

When colleagues from five Georgia colleges 'virtualized' the Math Emporium model to create a Pre-calculus Emporium they created a new course model that is both highly rigorous and highly affordable. Built from the eCore syllabus and utilizing a Franken-structure of resources including Coursera, Cengage, WebAssign plus tutoring and proctoring services this online course focuses on providing s structured learning ecosystem of supports and services. Key elements to be discussed include models for supporting 300+ students with critical learning services including new MOOC-based conceptual models for office hours, peer-to-peer support, faculty roles and student engagement in virtual learning environments.

About the Speaker...

Myk Garn, PhD
Assistant Vice Chancellor for New Learning Models
University System of Georgia



Myk Garn, PhD, brings over 25 years experience developing, deploying and leading college and state system strategic, organizational and instructional operations models. His current emphasis is on scenario-based planning for competency-based, student-driven, advancement-by-mastery models. His specializes in strategic planning, affordability, emerging trends, disruptive innovation, quality standards, governance, fast failure/learning from worst practices and accessibility of Internet-based instruction and services for learners with disabilities.

Most recently Dr. Garn served as Vice President for Academic Strategies for StraighterLine where he was in charge of building and deepening relationships with SL's academic partners. Previously he directed the Educational Technology Cooperative at the Southern Regional Education Board, was Executive Director of the Kentucky Virtual Campus and Associate Vice President for eLearning at the Kentucky Council for Postsecondary Education. Prior to that he was Director of Distance Education Policy and Planning for the University System of Georgia and Executive Director of the Instructional Technology Development Center at Lamar University/Orange in Texas.

As the Director of the Educational Technology Cooperative a consortium of state- level K-12 and postsecondary public educational technology leaders from the 16 Southeastern states. During his tenure at SREB Dr. Garn was Principal Investigator on a National Science Foundation project researching student-directed search models for the National STEM Digital Library, developed the SREB/iNACOL National Online Teacher of the Year program as well as leading and keynoting numerous symposia, conferences and workshop on the use of technology to increase student performance and affordability of education.

Dr. Garn holds a Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Evaluation from the University of Kentucky, a Masters of Arts in Educational System Design from Michigan State University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brooks Institute of Photography

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