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Internet2 U.S. UCAN Workshop at Global Summit to Feature Presentations on Distance Learning, STEM and Federal Programs

Apr 20, 2015, by James Werle
Tags: 2015 Global Summit, U.S. UCAN

Attending the upcoming Internet2 Global Summit? Join the Internet2 US UCAN community on Monday, April 27 for a full day of exciting presentations and discussions around how community anchor institutions are utilizing research and education (R&E ) network connectivity and contributing to the richness and diversity of the Internet2 community.

A few highlights include a presentation by Sue Schmidt, North American Network of Science Labs Online (NANSLO) / Consortium for Healthcare Education Online (CHEO) Project Coordinator at Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) on NANSLO, which is delivering real science labs online using web accessible remotely control interfaces delivered over R&E networks. Kim Owen from North Dakota State University and Peggy Norris from Stanford Underground Research Facility (SURF) will discuss the latest outcomes from the Dakotas K-12 STEM Series, a two year pilot program that has enabled hundreds of students to participate in multi-classroom events including videoconferences with a physics experiment a mile underground, remotely operating a scanning electron microscope or performing chromatography experiments with a biochemist.

We're very excited to have Brady Kraft from Idaho Regional Optical Network (IRON) announce the opening of the Center for Interactive Distance Education Research (CIDER) this spring. CIDER, a cooperative effort between IRON, the Joe and Katheryn Albertson Foundation and other corporate sponsors, will be dedicated to conducting research on video teleconferencing based distance education solutions and validate teaching and learning outcomes in CIDER supported interactive education video teleconferencing classrooms. CIDER will be working closely with technology manufacturers to influence product evolution in support of interactive distance learning.

We also will facilitate a panel discussion on various federal initiatives benefiting national anchors featuring speakers from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), and the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA).

Lastly, Bill Altman from Smithsonian Enterprises will share a few emerging K-12 resources freely available through the Smithsonian.

Take a look at our full meeting agenda here and we look forward to seeing you soon in D.C.!