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Do Not Be Virtually Confused: Learn How to Evaluate Effective Virtual Learning Environments

Saturday, November 11
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Location: 208 B

Over the past 20 years, the virtual learning world has exploded, with 5 million of the country’s 54 million K-12 students having taken at least one online class. While there are some advantages to virtual schools/classes, there are questions about the type of education our gifted students are receiving. Furthermore, given that nearly all of this learning takes place online, what types of digital-personal interactions do our students experience? How are you evaluating a virtual learning environment to determine if it is right for your gifted child or program? Attend this session and learn how to make effective digital pedagogical decisions. You virtually can't afford to miss it.

Kevin D. Besnoy

Associate Director, K-12 Programs - ACCESS Virtual Learning
The University of Alabama

Dr. Kevin D. Besnoy and the Associate Director of K-12 Programming and Director of ACCESS Virutal at The University of Alabama. He earned his Ph.D. in Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education an emphasis in Gifted and Talented Education and Instructional Technology from The University of Southern Mississippi in 2006. Prior to coming to the The University of Alabama in 2011, Dr. Besnoy worked at Northern Kentucky University where he co-founded the Institute for Talent Development and Gifted Studies. His research interests focus on integrating technology into classroom instruction, effective virtual learning environments, identification of giftedness among culturally diverse populations, and advocacy for twice-exceptional students. Dr. Besnoy’s accomplishments include developing a model for supporting a sustainable classroom digital ecosystem and exploring theoretical implications of the Technology Zone of Proximal Development. When Dr. Besnoy is not conducting research or teaching classes, he spends time playing in a power trio band with his twin 8-year olds called 'Potato Chips'. His son Simon plays the drums, his daughter Penelope plays the ukuele, and Dr. Besnoy plays the guitar.

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