APR 3, 2020
FEATURED INDUSTRY EXPERTS
Technology continues to be a major influencer in planning and implementing successful learning programs. The challenge involves knowing how to select the right technology for your organization’s goals. Data analytics and virtual reality are two technologies many organizations are considering. If you are looking at these or other learning technology solutions, come and join our presenters and panelists to learn how they are addressing this challenge.
Chief Science Officer at STRIVR
Michael Casale, PhD
Topic - How Immersive Technologies are Shaping the Future of Learning
Michael Casale, PhD, might be the only person in history to author an article in The Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience as well as play collegiate basketball. For over 15 years he has researched learning, memory, and brain science, publishing dozens of papers in top journals in the field. He is an expert in learning transfer—how a training experience generalizes to everyday life. Since leaving academia, he has led multi-million dollar research projects using virtual technology to facilitate learning and behavior and has worked with Fortune 100 companies to help formulate their science and technology strategies. At STRIVR, Dr. Casale blends his research expertise with his insights as a high-level athlete to help develop training methodologies that optimize for maximum learning and performance.
Todd Maddox, Ph.D
Topic - The Promise of Virtual Reality in Healthcare Education and Training; It's All in the Neuroscience
Todd Maddox, Ph.D. is the Immersive Learning and Data Scientist at IKONA Health, Inc. His passion is to apply his 25 years of psychological and neuroscientific expertise, gained by managing a large human learning, memory and performance laboratory, to help build better education and training solutions in the healthcare sector. After receiving his Ph.D. in Psychology and Neuroscience, Todd embarked on a 25-year academic research career achieving status as a leader in the fields of human learning, memory and performance. Todd published over 200 peer-reviewed scientific articles, resulting in over 12,000 academic citations, and hundreds of speaking engagements. During his 25-year academic career he was awarded over $10 million in federal grants from the National Institute of Health, National Science Foundation, and Department of Defense to support his research.
Immersive Learning and Data Scientist at IKONA Health, Inc
Academy Head - North America at Cognizant Technology Solutions
Kshitij (Tij) Nerurkar
Topic - How will AI and machine learning change the elearning landscape, how will it affect the learning and how will it affect L&D practiticioners?
Kshitij (Tij) Nerurkar is the North America leader for Education Solutions at Cognizant, a global leader in Digital Consulting Solutions. For over 20 years, Tij has advised and implemented digital learning solutions across private and public sector clients on a global basis. At Cognizant, Tij helps Education Institutions and Learning Companies develop digital strategies to transform learner experience and skill enablement. He is also providing leadership in bringing Cognizant’s Learning Academy, Corporate Operations and Education Partners together to help bridge the re-skilling gap through innovative synergistic business models as the space between corporate learning and credentialing is rapidly shrinking,
Prior to joining Cognizant, Tij served as President at Tata Interactive Systems, a digital firm that specialized in developing innovative learning experiences for enterprises and academic institutions.
Tij has a degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters in Management Studies from University of Bombay, India and he has completed a sales and leadership program at Harvard University. Tij is also on the Executive learning council for North NJ ATD.
Learning Technology Panelist
Joe Barrow has been a senior leader at several learning companies including The Learning Edge, a Tasmania based content management startup that was later acquired by Pearson. Joe spent 5+ years at the DC based, platform/technology company Blackboard during its most significant growth phase in the mid 90’s. Joe most recently joined Area9 from the education team at Amazon Web Services.
As a leader in the learning space, Joe brings an understanding of the learner, the organization and the changing demands of learning and learning technologies that impact both individual and organizational outcomes. With more than 20 years of experience in academia and industry, Joe has implemented a host of technologies to solve a variety of challenges in the market.
Joe continues to explore new ways to skill/re-skill a workforce in a way that most effectively provides the outcomes an organization is looking to achieve. Improving the learning process and linking retained skills to company objectives is Joe’s key area of focus at Area9.
Area 9 SVP
Adaptive Training Scientist at Army Future Command, West Point.
Learning Technology Panelist
Jeanine A. DeFalco, PhD, is an Adaptive Training Research Scientist and Post-Doctoral Research Fellow with the Army Futures Command, CCDC-STTC, Orlando, Florida, working out of the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY, and an active member of IEEE’s working group to develop standards for adaptive instructional systems (AISs). Recently, Dr. DeFalco was elected to the executive board for the International Artificial Intelligence in Education society (I/AIED); she is also a board member for the Adaptive Instructional Systems Conference, a conference that runs parallel with the Human Computer Interaction Conference. In addition to her work with CCDC-STTC, Dr. DeFalco also works in a part-time capacity as a dissertation coach for the University of Pennsylvania’s PennCLO program, a multi-disciplinary executive doctoral program that prepares corporate and nonprofit learning and talent management leaders. She received her PhD in Psychology from Columbia University, specializing in Human Development/Cognitive Studies in Education with a concentration in Intelligent Technologies. Dr. DeFalco’s current research includes developing and testing pedagogical models for the Generalized Intelligent Framework for Tutoring to determine the relationship of creative and analogical reasoning in accelerated expert problem-solving in critical care medical education, as well as ethical considerations in the design and implementation of AISs.
Chief Learning Officer at Axonify
Learning Technology Panelist
JD Dillon is one of the most prolific authors and speakers in workplace learning. With his practical approach, JD helps organizations apply modern learning principles and achieve measurable results through employee development.
For 20 years, JD has worked in operations and talent development with some of the world’s most dynamic organizations, including Disney, Kaplan, Brambles and AMC. He is now the Chief Learning Architect with Axonify, where he collaborates with an award-winning team to build technology, content and services that enable frontline employees around the world do their best work every day.
You can find JD on Twitter via @JD_Dillon or online at learngeek.co.