Speakers

Dr. Lilia R. Juele

Dr. Lilia R. Juele

Dr. Lilia R. Juele has extensive experience as online education and academic technology administrator, industry professional, and business professor of strategic planning, marketing, and management, research, and ethics. A solid background in business and academia has lent Dr. Juele a keen eye in linking theory and practice resulting in the success in setting up online programs from the ground up and moving them into the successful online enterprise.

Dr. Juele's teaching and research focus on authentic, problem based, experiential, and values based education. She has been awarded The Chancellor’s Award for Excellence by the State University of NY (SUNY). She was also a recipient of the "Glimmer of Light Award" for her advocacy and volunteer work in the field of education.

Dr. Lilia Reyes Juele is currently the Director of Online Education and Academic Technology in a State University of New York (SUNY) member institution, Rockland Community College (RCC). Her most recent accomplishment was leading her institution in a seamless transition from face-to-face to live-remote instruction in response to the COVID19 pandemic. Dr. Juele, an experienced marketing executive, has been in higher education since 1995, both as a professor and an administrator. She has worked tirelessly integrating faculty training and the latest educational technology into the curriculum strategically positioning her institution as a leader in online education. As of 2020, most of the faculty at RCC are trained and equipped in the use of the latest technology to teach and develop content for fully online, hybrid/hyflex, and live/remote instruction. In recognition of her outstanding work, the State University of New York honored Dr. Juele with its Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service in 2019. The Chancellor’s Award is the highest honor bestowed by the New York’s State University System.

By early 2000, Dr. Juele had concluded the tremendous role the internet was destined to play in the world at large especially in the academic world. Around this time, Dr. Juele initiated the Distance Education Program, from the ground up, at Monroe College in New York City. Because of her knowledge and experience in Distance Learning, she was invited to be a member of the New York State Department of Education (NYSED) task force that developed and implemented the rules and regulations governing Distance Education in New York.

Dr. Juele grew the online program at her College from 27 courses in 2007 to more than 300 faculty designed and developed online courses by 2020. The number of faculty trained in the use of a learning management system (LMS) and design of online courses grew by more than 500% since she took over the department in 2007; an outstanding performance among community colleges in the SUNY system. She was instrumental in obtaining approval from the New York State Department of Education (NYSED) to offer 24 online degrees and was instrumental in gaining the College’s Middle States accreditation by demonstrating the College’s administrative and academic capabilities in the offering of online programs. Through her efforts, RCC has been designated as a SUNY+ school after going through a qualifying process demonstrating its ability to serve current and potential online students.

Dr. Juele’s passion for serving her country led her to start an initiative to connect US-based Filipino-American teachers to the Philippines to conduct seminars and workshops to share their expertise with their Philippine counterparts. As president of the Association of Fil-Am Teachers of America (AFTA), she conceptualized and implemented in 1994 the Balikturo (Return to Teach) project which has benefited thousands of teachers in the Philippines. Dr. Juele is also a board of director for KAISIPAN, a not-for- profit organization with a mission to help improve the performance and ranking of the Philippines on the Programmed for International Student Assessment (PISA) survey of 79 countries in reading, math and science. It is the same commitment to excellence and innovation that Dr. Lilia Juele brings to Formasumma, an online training and consulting firm that she started in 2020, to help teachers and educational institutions particularly in countries like the Philippines, in the planning and implementation of effective and successful online programs.

Of her work in online education, Dr. Juele says, “I feel very proud to have contributed to the growth of distance education. A growing number of faculties take pride in having trained in developing and teaching an online course. They realize that with changing habits and lifestyles, distance learning will not only serve students who are not able to attend class face-to-face at a campus but also serve those who choose to use technology in making education accessible to them.”

Dr. James Garrison

Dr. James Garrison

Dr. James Garrison is founder and president of Ubiquity University and the convener of Humanity Rising. He came to this having served as president of Wisdom University which he led from 2005 – 2012, after which he led its transition into Ubiquity University, established in 2012. He has spent his entire professional life in executive leadership, including as co-founder and president of the Gorbachev Foundation/USA (1992 – 1995) and State of the World Forum (1995 – 2004) with Mikhail Gorbachev serving as convening chairman.

Jim received his B.A in History from the University of Santa Clara, an MA in History of Religion from Harvard University, and a PhD in Philosophical Theology from Cambridge University. He has written numerous books, including The Plutonium Culture, America as Empire, The Darkness of God: Theology after Hiroshima, Citizen Diplomacy, and Civilization and the Transformation of Power. He lectures regularly on comparative philosophy and religion, world history and politics, and the implications of global warming.

Wim Van Petegem

Wim Van Petegem

Wim Van Petegem holds an MSc degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Ghent (Belgium), an MSc degree in Biomedical Engineering from the KU Leuven (Belgium) and a PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from KU Leuven (1993).

He worked at the University of Alberta, Edmonton (Canada), at the Open University of the Netherlands and at the Leuven University College (Belgium). From 2001 till 2012 he was the head of the Media and Learning Center and later he became Director of the Teaching and Learning Department at KU Leuven (Belgium). Currently he is Professor at the Faculty of Engineering Technology at KU Leuven.

His research interests are in learning technologies, instructional design, engineering education, hyflex learning, and digital scholarship. He and his team are involved as contractor, partner, coordinator, expert, or evaluator in many research, implementation and development projects. He is teaching courses on professional and intercultural engineering skills, and implements innovative approaches of teaching and learning in other courses.

He is a regular panel member of review committees to assess quality of education in Flanders and the Netherlands. He is actively involved in different international networks of universities (like SEFI, EDEN, and MEDEA) and he is heavily engaged in development cooperation projects with the South. He also gives regularly trainings (in Leuven and abroad, e.g. in South-Africa, Ecuador, Ethiopia, China, Philippines, etc.) on innovation in education and digital competences for teachers and professional support staff.

More information can be found at: http://www.kuleuven.be/cv/u0015681e.htm, and http://be.linkedin.com/in/wimvanpetegem