WCET’s 30th Anniversary Celebration and Annual Meeting
Thursday Speakers
Linda Baer
Senior Consultant
Linda L. Baer, Consultants
Linda Baer is a senior consultant with Linda L. Baer Consultants.  She has served over thirty years in numerous executive level positions in higher education including senior program officer in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, system senior vice chancellor, university senior vice president and interim president, and senior fellow with Civitas Learning. Her ongoing focus is to inspire leaders to improve student success and transform institutions for the future. Baer presents and publishes on educational transformation, partnerships, shared leadership and workshops on building capacity in analytics.  An Analytics Handbook: From Evidence to Action is forthcoming from the Society for College and University Planning. 
Dan Bartell
CBEESC - Sagence Learning
Dan Bartel serves as President of CBEESC - Sagence Learning. Dan has worked in higher education for over two decades,  helping educators select the most effective educational technologies and content to help learners improve their performance and success rates; technology can be an incredibly powerful assist when properly implemented in education. Dan has worked in large companies,  like Pearson,  building and leading new enterprise solution sales and marketing teams and serving as liaison to campus executives, boards, legislative bodies, and task forces examining the critical initiatives and challenges in higher education.  Dan has also worked in the start-up environment, selling products and services the moment they were developed and contributing to building a new successful technology company.
Brett Berkowitz
Director of Client Services
CBEESC- Sagence Learning
Brett Berkowitz collaborates with institutions and organizations that offer programs on the Sagence Learning platform. His career has been focused on analyzing, implementing, enhancing, and operating processes and systems that drive institutional excellence. His portfolio of projects all demonstrate improved business processes, expanded use of data while maintaining data integrity, continued expansion of use into full capabilities of technology platform, and complete support of client staff.
Marianne Boeke
Senior Associate
Marianne Boeke joined NC-SARA in 2018 as the associate director for policy research and state support. Prior to joining NC-SARA, she served as a senior associate at the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS). Boeke has worked on a variety of long and short-term projects including ones associated with the Aspen Institute, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Lumina Foundation for Education, National Science Foundation (NSF), Strada Education Network, WICHE, and WCET State Authorization Network (SAN). Boeke has also held administrative positions at The American University, the University of Denver, and the Western Governors University (WGU). Her work in state authorization began in 2011 when she co-created the SHEEO survey on state authorization. She has presented at numerous regional and national conferences and co-wrote several white papers on state authorization topics including: “State Authorization and Military Students” and “State Authorization and Non-Credit Courses and Programs.”
Thomas Cavanagh
Associate Vice President of Distributed Learning
University of Central Florida
Thomas Cavanagh, Ph.D. is Associate Vice President of Distributed Learning at the University of Central Florida. In this role he oversees the distance learning strategy, policies, and practices of the nation’s 2nd largest university. In his career, Tom has administered e-learning development for both academic (public and private) and industrial (Fortune 500, government/military) audiences. He is also an award-winning author of several mystery novels.
Cody Connor
Manager of Course Design and Development
Purdue University
Cody Connor is the manager of course design and development at Purdue University, leading a team of twelve instructional designers. He serves as a member of the Teaching and Learning Technologies leadership team, collaborating with IT and academic leadership across campus to envision, develop and grow University-wide faculty resources and programs to support exemplary face-to-face and online course design and development. Connor also serves in a leadership role in Purdue's IMPACT program to redesign large foundational courses for student-centered learning and furthering Purdue's strategic goals toward student success and affordability.
David Dannenberg
Director, Academic Innovations & eLearning
University of Alaska Anchorage
David Dannenberg is the director of the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) Academic Innovations & eLearning (AI&e). Reporting to a senior vice provost, he leads UAA’s efforts to innovate teaching through the use of instructional technology. In this role, he oversees the instructional design, eLearning/distance education, professional development, online student and ePortfolio Services.
Van Davis
Foghlam Consulting, LLC
Van Davis is Principal at Foghlam Consulting, LLC where he helps colleges, universities, non-profits, and policymakers understand where higher education is heading and how to navigate that future. Davis has spent over 20 years in higher education as a faculty member, academic administrator, policymaker, and consultant. Most recently he served as associate vice president for Higher Education Policy and Research at Blackboard Inc. Prior to his time at Blackboard, he served as director of innovation at the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board where he was responsible for the development of competency-based education programs, distance education policy, the development of the state's adult degree completion project, course redesign, and online faculty development. Prior to the Coordinating Board, Davis spent a decade as a professor of history and an academic administrator.
Lindsey Downs
Manager, Communications
Lindsey Downs is the manager of communications for WCET and has a background in Communications, Marketing, Instructional Design, Higher Education, and Educational Technology. She holds a M.Ed in Adult and Higher Education and a Certification in College Teaching from Montana State University and is a certified Instructional Designer. Downs' interests include teaching with technology, effective classroom facilitation, training, higher education policy, and classroom design. When not enjoying her work, she spends time in beautiful Helena, MT with her husband and boxer dog Piper. You can follow her adventures on Twitter @lindsey0427.
Christine Forgette
Research Assistant
University of Mississippi
Christie Forgette is from Oxford, MS and is a junior in the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College. She is majoring in elementary education and works as a research assistant for the PLATO Project.
James Fountain
Executive Director for Competency Based Education
Texas A&M University
James Fountain currently serves as the Executive Director for Competency Based Education at Texas A&M University-Commerce. He has 12 years’ experience in Higher Education and has served a Dean, Faculty-member and Campus Director of Academic Affairs. James has a distinguished background in Competency Based Education which started with direct assessment and helped launch various types CBE programs while serving at private colleges and Universities. He is currently an Ed. D. candidate at Nebraska Methodist College.
Darcy Hardy
Associate Vice President
Blackboard, Inc.
Darcy W. Hardy is associate vice president for Enterprise Consulting at Blackboard Inc. In this role, she leads a team of nationally-recognized experts in higher education, K-12, e-learning and distance education, information technology, open source technologies, outcomes and assessment, and analytics. Prior to her position with Blackboard, Hardy spent over 25 years in public higher education, most recently serving as assistant vice provost for Technology Education Initiatives at the University of Texas at San Antonio. During her tenure with UTSA, she completed a two-year (January 2011-December 2012) Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) appointment at the US Department of Labor, where her work primarily focused on the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant program, and the use of online and technology-enhanced education to reach adults and the workforce. She also completed a one-year IPA appointment with the Office of Adult and Vocational Education (OVAE) at the US Department of Education in Washington, DC in 2013, where she provided expertise and guidance in the area of online higher education and the opportunity it provides to low-skilled and other adult workers, while continuing her work with the TAACCCT grant program at the Department of Labor.
Cara Harris
Instructional Designer
Cara Harris has been in higher education for six years with the last two and half of those years working for the College of Professional Studies at Lipscomb University as an instructional designer developing competency-based courses for a new competency-based program that launched in 2016. She worked with the curriculum director and faculty content creators to create courses and was responsible for designing the courses in the learning platform as well making changes and developing a system for continuous improvement. Harris also worked closely with the Curriculum director to develop ongoing trainings for faculty on subjects like backwards design and quality feedback. In addition to her role with the College of Professional Studies, she also worked with the Center for Teaching and Learning at Lipscomb doing internal Quality Matters reviews for online courses. She is currently taking on contract instructional design roles and consulting. One of her current projects is with GoLong Consulting working to create competency-based online trainings for direct care workers in the state of Tennessee.
Chuck Hayward
Assistant Director, Every Learner Everywhere
Chuck Hayward joined WCET in October 2017 as the Assistant Director of the Digital Learning Solution Network (DLSN), which seeks to improve outcomes for first generation, low-income, and students of color. The DLSN uses a collective impact framework: by fostering connections between partner organizations, aligning to common goals, and engaging in collective action projects, our impact can be greater than the sum of our individual efforts. Before joining WCET and the DLSN, Chuck was an educational researcher at the University of Colorado Boulder, focusing on faculty development in college mathematics. He previously taught mathematics at a girls’ middle school in Denver CO and at a high school in Philadelphia PA. Chuck earned a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Michigan and a M.S.Ed. from the University of Pennsylvania.
Kenneth Heard
Director, Department of State Authorization
University of Mississippi Medical Center
Kenneth M. Heard, III is the director of state authorization at The University of Mississippi Medical Center (2015-present) and previously held both Senior and General contract administrator roles at UMMC. Heard graduated from the Mississippi College School of Law and clerked for the Honorable Rhesa Barksdale in 2005. He serves as the co-chair of the WCET/State Authorization Network Health Sciences Task Force. Additionally, Heard serves as a member of the Academic Affairs Council and the Workforce Development Scholarship Review Committee.
Marshall Hill
Executive Director
National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements
Marshall A. Hill is executive director of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA), which provides a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of distance education. His involvement with SARA spans work with the Presidents’ Forum/ Council of State Governments drafting team, the development of SARA agreements with the country’s four regional higher education compacts, and membership on the National Commission on Regulation of Postsecondary Distance Education. Prior to assuming his NC-SARA position in August of 2013, he served eight years as executive director of Nebraska's Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education. Hill earned a B.A. in music from Utah State University in 1968, followed by an M.A. in music from the same institution in 1969. In 1972, he earned a Ph.D. in music education, with a minor in higher education, from Florida State University.
Phil Hill
Co-Publisher of the e-Literate blog, Co-Producer of e-Literate TV, and Partner at MindWires Consulting
Phil Hill (@PhilOnEdTech) is co-publisher of the e-Literate blog, co-producer of e-Literate TV, and partner at MindWires Consulting. As a market analyst, Hill has analyzed the growth of technology-enabled change for educational institutions, uncovering and describing the major trends and implications for the broader market. His unique graphics and visual presentations have been widely used in the industry. As an independent consultant, he helps educational institutions, technology and content vendors, and policy makers as they consider and implement new initiatives. Hill’s clients have included Western Governors University, California Community College System, Iowa State University, Bournemouth University, Pearson Education, Coursera, and others.
Sukhwant Jhaj
Vice Provost for Innovation, Planning and Student Success
Portland State University
Sukhwant Jhaj, vice provost for academic innovation and student success at Portland State University, provides vision and leadership to advance student success and undergraduate learning at Oregon's urban research university. Jhaj uses design thinking to discover new solutions for incremental and disruptive challenges facing the academy. Jhaj is an active researcher with funding from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Association for Public and Land Grants Universities, and government agencies. He is an expert in design thinking, design of student services, managing change, open innovation and user centered design.
Constance Johnson
Chief Academic Officer/Provost
Colorado Technical University
Connie Johnson, Ed.D, is Colorado Technical University's (CTU) chief academic officer and provost, working with both online and ground degree programs. She has oversight of academic affairs, including faculty, curriculum, classroom experience, and accreditation. During her time at CTU, Johnson has initiated adaptive learning technology implementation, leading academics through change, and effective technology implementation in the online classroom including the promotion of academics, faculty and student engagement through social media. Connie also serves as a peer evaluator and team chair for the Higher Learning Commission, and is a member of the Association of Chief Academic Officers (ACAO) and was recently appointed as an ACAO Digital Fellow. Her educational background includes a Doctorate of Education, organizational leadership emphasis (2010), and a Master of Business Administration in management (1991) from Nova Southeastern University; and a Bachelor of Science with honors in criminal justice from Florida State University.
Sally Johnstone
National Center for Higher Education Management Systems
Sally M. Johnstone is the President of the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS). She served as a vice president at Western Governors University and as provost at a public, comprehensive university. She was the executive of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education’s WCET, and a faculty member. Dr. Johnstone has written and presented extensively on issues of integrating effective new practices to improve student success. She is the founding editor of the Journal of Competency-Based Education and leads the new Foundation for Student Success.
Tanya Joosten
Director, eLearning Research and Development
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Tanya Joosten, Ph.D., is a senior scientist, the director of digital learning research and development, and co-pi and co-director of the National Research Center for Distance Education and Technological Advancements (DETA) at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is nationally recognized in her work in blended and online learning as an Online Learning Consortium (OLC) Fellow and works to guide strategic digital learning efforts, including her current involvement on the University of Wisconsin System Learning Technology Executive Council, the CourseWare in Context (CWIC) Executive Committee, the McGraw Hill Learning Sciences Research Board, the SXSWedu Advisory Board, the OLC Research Board, Distance Teaching and Learning (DTL) Advisory Board, and others. Her expertise has led to invitations to planning the future of digital education events at the White House, Harvard, Stanford, Arizona State, and others.
Judy Komar
Vice President of Educational Technology
Colorado Technical University
Judy Komar is vice president of Educational Technology at Colorado Technical University (CTU). Recently, Komar has been working with the academic teams, specifically the Nursing Leadership team, to design new adaptive learning nursing maps powered by a learning analytic engine. In addition to creating a new model for nursing students, the Nursing Leadership team and Komar have also mapped all lessons in the program to the program outcomes within the adaptive learning system to provide increased information to the Nursing Leadership team.
Mary Larson
Associate Director for Student and Institution Support
Mary Larson is the associate director for Student and Institution Support at NC-SARA. Prior to NC-SARA, she was the director of Student Access Programs and Services. She oversees a number of programs designed to help students start or continue their education, including adult degree-completion programs and state authorization issues. Prior to assuming her duties at the SREB in 1998, she worked at Fort Lewis College. Larson has a Master’s Degree in Adult Education from the University of Georgia and a B.A. in English Literature from Montana State University.
Sharon Leu
Senior Policy Advisor, Higher Education Innovation
Department of Education, Office of Educational Technology
Sharon Leu leads the Office of Educational Technology’s higher education innovation initiatives, including next generation assessments, individualized learning pathways, use of open resources and platforms, and strategic partnerships with stakeholders. Leu also works in offices across the Department to design programs that improve quality of education and increase success of students and adult learners. Prior to joining OET, she oversaw the design and implementation of the Department of Labor’s $2 billion Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant program, the largest federal investment in postsecondary innovation and systematic infrastructure change. Leu can often be found leaping from boulder to boulder with a heavy backpack and dreams of becoming a park ranger when she grows up.
Jennifer Lewis
Compliance Coordinator
University of Southern Mississippi
Jennifer S. Lewis serves as the first-ever compliance coordinator at the University of Southern Mississippi (2015-present). Lewis previously served as the Learning Management System Administrator for Novant Health for three years and was previously worked as an IT project analyst while contracted out to TIAA-CREF. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in English, a Masters in Adult Education and Training, a Masters in Healthcare Administration, a paralegal certificate, a business administration certificate and is working on her Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration. Ms. Lewis recently received her Certified Higher Education Professional (CHEP) designation [Excellence in Online Learning]. She has been part of several published journal articles and several refereed books.
John Louviere
Assistant Vice President and Executive Director, Academic and Instructional Services
Utah State University
John Louviere, assistant vice-president for his division, has been working on various uses of student analytics at Utah State University for many years. With extensive background in teaching and learning technology, educational governance, and organizational leadership, he consistently brings together the right people to work together to drive institutional effectiveness. Most recently, Louviere’s vision and commitment to student success has initiated development of a stackable associate of science CBE-degree built on foundation of predictive analytics.
0Howard Lurie
Principal Analyst, Online and Continuing Education
Howard has 20+ years of experience in developing online education solutions for the higher education and K-12 markets. He co-authored Eduventures' report on competency-based education, Deconstructing CBE: An Assessment of Institutional Activity, Goals and Challenges in Higher Ed. Howard focuses on the adult learner market, alternative credentials, and analyses of OPM services. Howard served as Managing Director for Academic Partnerships at Acrobatiq, and also served as a VP for External Affairs at edX. Howard is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and Teachers' College, Columbia University.
Kara Monroe
Provost/Senior Vice President
Ivy Tech Community College
Kara Monroe holds a PhD from Capella University, an MBA from Jones International University, Masters Coursework in Mathematics from Converse College and Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics Education from Ball State University. She is currently the Provost/Senior Vice President of Ivy Tech Community College.
0Heather Nash
Title III Activity Director
Kenai Peninsula College
Padraig Nash
Learning Engineer
Padraig Nash has worked in the field of education for over twenty years, as a teacher, teaching-artist, researcher, consultant, program director, and designer. He has a PhD in the Learning Sciences from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he designed and studied mentoring in virtual internships. He is currently a Learning Engineer at Cengage.
Donald Norris
Strategic Initiatives
Donald M. Norris, Ph.D. has over 40 years of experience as a thought leader and expert practitioner in leading and navigating change, crafting and executing strategy, strategic marketing, and organizational transformation. He has counseled over 200 learning institutions, non-profits, commercial enterprises and entrepreneurial ventures on crafting strategy, leading change, and thriving in the face of disruption. Norris is author or co-author of more than 25 books and monographs on strategy, transformative change, and analytics in higher education, starting with Transforming Higher Education: A Vision for Learning in the 21st Century (1995) and culminating in The Engaged, Innovative Learning Enterprise (2018).
Patricia O'Sullivan
Adaptive Learning Program Manager
University of Mississippi
Patricia O’Sullivan is the manager of the University of Mississippi's Personalized Learning & Adaptive Teaching Opportunities (PLATO) Program. She holds advanced degrees in Theology and History, and has been an educator for over 20 years. With a background in instructional design and online learning, O'Sullivan transformed her large, lecture Health Ethics course into a flipped hybrid using adaptive courseware and employing collaborative problem-based learning.
Russ Poulin
Director, Policy and Analysis
Russ Poulin organizes WCET's national policy and research activities, edits WCET's Frontiers blog, coordinates WCET's research efforts, and works on elearning consortia issues. He represented the distance education community in the U.S. Department of Education's 2014 Negotiated Rulemaking process. Previously, he coordinated distance education activities for the North Dakota University System. He holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of Colorado Denver and a Master's from the University of Northern Colorado. Poulin enjoys going to the films with his wife, Laurie.
Pam Quinn
Provost/LeCroy Center (Retired)
Dallas County Community College District
Pam Quinn is an educational consultant with a long career in distance and online learning. As a founding and current member of the NC-SARA Board, she is champions quality options for students navigating online educational opportunities. Prior to her retirement in 2018, she was the chief officer of the Dallas County Community College District’s LeCroy Center for 33 years working strategically with faculty and students in a variety of learning technologies and applications. During her tenure of leading the distance ed team, DCCCD reached 189,000 online enrollments which was nearly 40% of the district’s total enrollments. She remains an advocate for students studying online having earned her own doctorate totally at a distance.
Megan Raymond
Director, Programs and Sponsorship
Megan Raymond, director for programs and sponsorship at WCET, the leader in the practice, policy, and advocacy of technology-enhanced learning in higher education. She directs various events and programs including the Annual Meeting and WCET's monthly webcast series. Raymond builds relationships with corporate sponsors invested in the WCET community and edtech as the contact for sponsorship. She has been with WCET since 2007. Prior to this, she was the assistant director of housing and conference services at Fort Lewis College, a small liberal arts college in Colorado. She directed a successful conference program, adjudicated student conduct, and trained and managed 30 student staff members. If it weren't for her passion for improving access to higher education, she'd likely live in the remote mountains and spend her days exploring by bike or foot, fortunately she gets to do both as much as possible. She has a BS in marketing and a MS in Health and Nutrition Education
Carlos Rivers
Operational ResearchAnalyst
Texas A&M - Commerce
Carlos Rivers serves as the operations research analyst of the Institute for Competency Based Education at Texas A&M University-Commerce. Rivers is considered a subject matter expert in competency-based data analytics and has spoken on the subject at numerous conferences at both the state and national level. He has also assisted other universities in the development and implementation of their own CBE programs. Rivers was recently selected to serve on the National Advisory Board for Postsecondary CBE and CBL by the American Institutes for Research and the Lumina Foundation.
Cyndi Rowland
Associate Director
Center for Persons with Disabilities, Utah State University
Cyndi Rowland is the associate director of a large research-training-and-service center, the Center for Persons Disabilities (CPD) at Utah State University. The CPD is in a national network of University Centers of Excellence in Disability; with one in each state. She directs projects on, technology and disability. She is the founder and executive director of WebAIM (www.webaim.org) and the technology director of the National Center for Disability and Access to Education (NCDAE; www.ncdae.org).
Jason Ruckert
Vice Chancellor and Chief Digital Learning Officer
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Worldwide
Jason Ruckert serves as the vice chancellor and chief digital learning officer and is responsible for the overall strategy as well as the development, delivery, and quality control of online education at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s three distinct campuses. He provides direct leadership and oversight of the following departmental units; academic technology, academic advisement, center for teaching and learning excellence (CTLE), faculty quality control and instructional design and development (currently 96 staff members). Ruckert also serves as second in command for the Worldwide Campus and assists the Chancellor by providing leadership and assistance to the Academic Colleges and Administrative units within the campus for all learning modalities.
0Michael Sano
Community Manager, Higher Ed
Ruth Tarantine
University Dean of Nursing
Colorado Technical University
Ruth Tarantine holds the position of dean of nursing for Colorado Technical University. Her academic career has focused on leveraging technology to design new online nursing programs with a focus on quality, scalability and compliance. Research interests focus on the use of simulation in multidisciplinary education as well as reducing 30 day hospital readmissions.
Sasha Thackaberry
Vice Provost for Digital and Continuing Education
Louisiana State University
Sasha Thackaberry is a higher education leader in innovative learning models and the effective use of eLearning systems. She holds the role of Vice Provost of Digital and Continuing Education at Louisiana State University. Before her current role, she served as Assistant Vice President for Academic Technology and New Learning Models at Southern New Hampshire University. She was previously the District Director of eLearning Technologies for the Office of eLearning and Innovation (eLi) at Cuyahoga Community College, responsible for both operational support for eLearning technologies and for innovative learning projects. In that role she led the administration and front end support for Blackboard Learn, as well as other academic technologies. She also led Quality Matters initiatives at Tri-C, including serving as the QM Coordinator. She has consulted for higher education organizations, for corporations in their eLearning efforts, and in the K-12 sector.
Frank Vazquez
Director of Academic Technology
Frank Vazquez joined CCCOnline as director of academic technology in 2016. He oversees the various services provided by Academic Technology, assures that CCCOnline's technology needs are met, and his team provides support for the Learning Management System to the 13 Colorado Community Colleges. He has worked in higher education and with technology since 2001. Vazquez has contributed to eLearning for over 16 years, has been recognized for his work by receiving the 2004 Telecoop Technical Support Person of the Year, 2007 ELCC eLearning Technical Support of the Year and 2010 Desire2EXCEL Innovation Award. Throughout his career, he has filled various technical and leadership roles and has experience with a wide range of technologies.
Beverly Wade
Director of State Authorizations
University of the Pacific
Beverly Wade serves as the director of State Authorization for the University of the Pacific. She was previously at the University of Arkansas, where she played a key role in developing and managing compliance activities and structures. With more than 10 years of experience in compliance and operations management, she guides and supports academic and administrative units across campus in state authorization and professional licensure compliance. She ensures the institution abides by University, state, and national regulations.
Ellen Wagner
Senior Consultant
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, IC Industry Consortium on Learning Engineering
Ellen Wagner currently supports the IEEE IC Industry Consortium on Learning Engineering (ICICLE). She has held leadership positions at Hobsons (VP Research); Sage Road Solutions LLC (Partner); PAR Framework; Co-Founder/Chief Strategy Officer); WICHE, (VP Technology; Executive Director, WCET); Adobe Systems (Sr. Director, WW eLearning Solutions); and Macromedia (Sr. Director Global Education Solutions). In another life, she was a tenured professor and chair of Ed Tech at the University of Northern Colorado.
Jenny Yu
Instructional Designer
CBEESC – Sagence Learning
Jenny Yu is an instructional designer at CBEESC - Sagence Learning. She works alongside instructors and designers at institutions of higher education to design and develop competency-based programs, professional development programs, and other online flexible learning experiences. Jenny has had the opportunity to design and deliver educational experiences for disciplines that span education, healthcare, business, and the sciences, as well as K-12 mathematics and writing. Jenny strives to craft learning experiences that focus on the process of learning, including authentic assessments and activities that encourage exploration, critical thinking, and reflection.