Drones

Tuesday, January 13 2015 11:00 am – 12:15 pm

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Drones are unmanned aerial vehicles that are controlled autonomously by computers or pilots with remote controls. They were innovated in the early 1900s for military personnel training and typically leveraged in operations that are too dangerous or time-consuming for humans. Still most commonly used for military purposes, drones have been deployed for a wide range of tasks, such as policing and community surveillance and security, filmmaking, and the surveying of agriculture and crops. In the past century, drone technology has advanced users’ abilities to extensively view objects and landscapes below, as well as to detect changes in environmental conditions. Features including biological and chemical sensors, electromagnetic spectrum sensors, and infrared cameras make these detailed observations possible. While legal and ethical concerns have been raised by many over the prospect of constantly being monitored by these vehicles, new civil aviation programs and experiments that include drones reflect a growing use of the technology. There are not yet concrete applications for teaching and learning, but the continuous progress of drones in the military and consumer sectors make them compelling to watch closely over the next few years.

Michael Berman

Michael Berman, California State University Channel Islands
Bio: A. Michael Berman, Ph.D.Michael Berman has spent most of his career in higher education. After earning tenure as a faculty member in Computer Science at Rowan University in New Jersey, he became Director of the Office of Instructional Technology and then Associate Provost for Information Resources. In 2000, he moved to Cal Poly Pomona where he was named Vice President for Instructional and Information Technology. In 2005 he became the Chief Technology Officer at Art Center College of Design.In 2009, Dr. Berman joined CSU Channel Islands, originally as the CIO and now as Vice President for Technology & Communication. In this role he is responsible both for campus information and academic technology as well as communication and marketing. He has an appointment in the computer science department, has taught a graduate course on network programming and has advised graduate students.Dr. Berman earned a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Rutgers University, where he also taught undergraduate courses. He has written and spoken widely on topics including 3D printing, cloud computing, identity management, and the impact of technology on teaching and learning. He is an NMC Board of Trustee and an active member of the NMC Horizon Project Advisory Board.

Dr. Berman has a significant presence on social media (@amichaelberman), and was recently named one of 20 “Rising Star CIO’s on Twitter” and one of the 10 most “Social CIO’s in Higher Education” in Huffington Post. He is the co-founder of the EduSoCal conference, which annually brings over a hundred people from across Southern California to discuss information technology in higher education. He has worked with startup companies, developed computer software, and authored a widely-used textbook, published in 1997 and still in print.

Crista Copp

Crista Copp, Loyola Marymount University
At Loyola Marymount University (LMU) (CA), Crista serves as the Director of Academic Technology, in charge of educational technology strategies, procedures, and oversight of day-to-day operations. Reporting to the Chief Information Officer, Crista continually monitors, evaluates, and works to improve how technology impacts the teaching and learning process. With a staff of over 20 full-time employees, and 60 graduate and undergraduate students, her group is organized into four teams: Instructional Technology, Classroom and Creative Services, Training and Communications, and Student Support. Crista is also responsible for the both internal and external technology communications, and works closely with other campus entities.Prior to LMU, Crista worked at the Art Center College of Design (CA) as the Senior Director, Educational Technology. Her duties included overseeing 35 full-time staff in operations for classroom technology, audio-visual, the maker-shops (woodworking shop, paint booths, 3D printers, laser cutters), photo and film equipment rooms, and instructional technology. At California State University, Long Beach, as the Instructional Technology Manager, Crista launched their learning management system into an enterprise and vital part of the University. She held key roles in the California State University system through her work with system-wide initiatives and programs.Crista is currently a faculty member in the LMU’s School of Education, having earned her Ed.D. in educational leadership and administration, from the University of California, Irvine. She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in communication studies and has taught communication courses at both the community college and university levels.Within the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU), Crista serves as the information technology liaison for the Technology, Teaching, and Learning (TTL) group, leading the direction of the AJCU academic technology conversations. Crista serves on the advisory board for the NMC Horizon Report, which examines trends in technology in Higher Education. As a co-founder and chair of EduSoCal, a regional educational technology conference, Crista has also been the keynote speaker. Crista is a frequent presenter and moderator at many other educational technology conferences, and loves to connect people. Crista devotes any spare time to her writing, including her blog at offthewindowpane.com.

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