Boston EdTech - July Meetup


Boston Architectural College
320 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02115
United States

Tuesday, 18 July 2017 -
6:00pm to 9:00pm

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Join us at thisfreeEdTech event hosted by the Boston EdTech Meetup Group!

This month we have a panel on E-Learning in Higher Education. We'll discuss the impact that online learning has in the development of college curriculum, the new roles of educators, and how online learning will grow or change in the future.


Eleni Glekas is the Director of Historic Preservation at the Boston Architectural College. Eleni is a preservationist and urban planner with experience both in the US and abroad. She holds a master's degree in City and Regional Planning from Pratt Institute and a Master of Conservation of Monuments and Sites from the Raymond Lemaire International Center for Conservation (RLICC) at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium.

Prior to joining the BAC, Eleni worked as an urban planner at a boutique real estate development company in Charleston, SC, where her projects were located in the city's historic city center. She also spent several years in New York City working as a preservationist and project manager for a variety of clients. In 2008, Eleni was awarded a position in the US/ICOMOS International Work Exchange Program where she traveled to Lithuania to work as a preservation planner for Lietuvos Paminklai, Lithuania's equivalent of the National Parks Service. Since then Eleni has also worked in India and Jordan on heritage based planning and documentation projects for DRONAH and UNESCO.

Yvonne Simon is Chief Learning Architect and a founding member of the Innovation Lab and College for America at Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) responsible for designing and implementing a low-cost student success model and system that provides personalized support at scale.

Previously Ms. Simon led SNHUs College of Online and Continuing Education through aggressive growth and cultural change. In 1996, she co-founded and ran for ten years a profitable educational software company, Six Red Marbles, focused on the design and development of flexible authoring systems and learning products. Other experiences include more than a decade in educational publishing, and teaching high school science and study skills. Ms. Simons work has appeared in EDUCAUSE and Change Magazine, among other industry publications. She holds a bachelors degree in Biology from Bowdoin College and a masters degree from Harvards Graduate School of Education.

Justin Reich is an educational researcher interested in the future of learning in a networked world. He is an Assistant Professor in the Comparative Media Studies department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an instructor in the Scheller Teacher Education Program, and the director of the MIT Teaching Systems Lab. The Teaching Systems Lab investigates the complex, technology-rich classrooms of the future and the systems that we need to help educators thrive in those settings.

He is the co-founder of EdTechTeacher, a professional learning consultancy devoted to helping teachers leverage technology to create student-centered, inquiry-based learning environments. He was previously the Richard L. Menschel HarvardX Research Fellow, where he led the initiative to study large-scale open online learning through the HarvardX Initiative, and a lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Justin is an alumni of the Fellows program at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society. He earned his doctorate from Harvard University, where he created the Distributed Collaborative Learning Communities project, a Hewlett Foundation funded initiative to examine how social media are used in K-12 classrooms.

Griff Reschhas almost 20 years of experience in education technology, as a teacher, instructional designer, and a product strategist. Griff is currently Senior Product Manager at edX. Griff lead the development of the Arizona State University Global Freshmen Academy offering on edX, the foundation of the ASU's groundbreaking partnership with Starbucks to offer high-quality education opportunities to their employees. Griff is now focused on developing new pathways for organizations to transform the way they approach corporate learning initiatives by partnering with edX.


Robyn Belair is a recent graduate from a fully online Master's of Education program at Lesley University. She is also an instructional designer and technologist for Lesley's eLearning and Instructional Support department, designing and building both graduate and undergraduate online and hybrid courses. Robyn is passionate about design and pedagogy for successful online learning experiences, and volunteers with the Boston EdTech Meetup to help represent the voices and experiences in higher education and to network with education technology professionals in all domains.

6:00 - Networking with Dinner
7:00 - Announcements and Introductions
7:05 - Panel Discussion - Structured Online Learning
7:30 - Audience Q&A
7:55 - Closing Remarks and Networking
8:30 - AfterParty at Dillon's Resteraunt and Bar

Directions and Parking
For $15 parking after 5pm,park at
The Haviland Street Garage
7 Haviland Street, Boston, MA 02115
or walk from Hynes Convention Center Station (Green Line).
Bus routes include 1, 9, 39, 55 to Newbury Street/Hynes Convention Center.

Special thanks to The Boston Architectural Collegefor hosting the event, and Rosetta Stone for providing food and drinks!