Plenary Speakers

The e-Learning Conference will feature plenary sessions by some of the world’s leading thinkers and innovators in the field, as well as numerous parallel presentations by researchers and practitioners. This year's plenary speakers include:

Steve Rhine

Steve Rhine, Ed. D. is an Adjunct Professor of Education in the School of Education at Pacific University. Dr. Rhine began as a high school mathematics teacher for eleven years. Upon completing his doctorate at UCLA, he began a career in teacher education that now spans 20 years, primarily at Willamette University.

He has been awarded numerous federal and other grants focusing on mathematics education and uses of educational technology that total approximately $4 million. He directed the Oregon Technology in Education Network (OTEN), from 2001-04 that was then funded by the Preparing Tomorrow’s Teachers to Use Technology (PT3) program. He was also instrumental in a Teacher Quality Enhancement Partnership grant that funded OTEN 2004-09. He is currently completing a $740,000 Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education (FIPSE) grant that makes use of research on algebraic thinking to help prepare pre-service teachers with understanding of how students struggle as well as technological tools to help develop understanding of challenging topics in algebra. In 2000,
he participated on the writing team for ISTE’s National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) for Teachers.

He has presented at multiple educational technology conferences around the world and has recently published two books. The first, "A Brilliant Teacher", an engaging account of his year-long trip around the world with his wife and three children. The second, "Integrated Technologies, Innovative Learning: Insights from the PT3 Program", an edited book of stories of efforts by institutions to integrate technology in the development of preservice teachers. He is currently working on a third book: “How Students Think When Doing Algebra.”

Mark Szymanski

Dr. Szymanski is an Assistant Professor of Education at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon with a background in technology, cognitive science, and instruction. He was a public school teacher in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. His research interests include the development of learning skills informed and facilitated by psychology and technology, learning disabilities, and assessment.