October 2017 Meeting

The Greater Wheeling Chapter of the Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) CompTIA will hold its Wednesday, October 11, 2017 meeting at the White Palace in Wheeling Park, Wheeling WV.  The White Palace is located inside Wheeling Park at 1801 National Rd, Wheeling, WV 26003.

Meeting Topic & Speaker

The presentation will consist of highlighting Chapter Standards to make Gold, Silver or Bronze as an organization at APUS, upcoming initiatives within the chapter, and a special presentation by Dr. Karen Hand entitled, “Descriptive Post Titles as Advance Organizer: Effects on Critical Thinking and Cognitive Load in Asynchronous Threaded Discussions.”

Dr. Novadean Watson-Stone is currently the Program Director for the Graduate and Undergraduate Information Technology and Information Technology Management Programs at American Public University System (APUS), where she serves an aggressively growing department consisting of over 10,000 students and over 100 faculty members. In this leadership and management position, she works closely with the School’s Dean to effectively manage program activities across functions in the school (sharing faculty, etc.) and the University (Admissions, Academic Services, Student Services, and IT) to create, implement, and manage systems to support effective online teaching and learning. Recently, Dr. Watson-Stone published a blog piece on Women in STEM – Payment Equality in IT, October 2015, and a Q&A piece on Cybersecurity in Higher Education at evoLLLution.com, November 2014; she presented research on Multimedia Beyond the Click at the 7th Annual Emerging Technologies for Online Learning International Symposium April 9-11, 2014 – Dallas, TX; conducted a podcast promoting key topics in the information technology industry, Summer of 2014.

Dr. Karen Gail Hand is a professor of Information Technology in the school of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math for the American Public University System.  She has been working in the Information Technology field for over 30 years and teaching for over 20 years.  Karen has dual Masters Degrees in Computer Science and in Open and Distance Learning.  She also has a Ph.D. in Instructional Systems and Learning Technologies from the Florida State University.  In addition to teaching Information Technology, Karen leads a weekly conversation group for English as a Second Language (ESL) adult learners and volunteers in her community as an ESL tutor.

Event Schedule

We will meet at the White Palace.  Social time and registration will begin at 5:30 p.m.  The dinner will be at 6:15 p.m. and the presentations will follow the meal.

Cost for the evening is $18.00 for AITP members, $12.00 for AITP student members and $23.00 for non-member guests.  We will have our 50/50 drawing and door prizes for those in attendance.

RSVP to Join Us

This is a special event with great speakers and an informative topic, so please RSVP early in order to allow the Wheeling Park catering staff the opportunity to prepare sufficient food for everyone in attendance and to ensure there is seating available for our group.

E-mail Karen Kovacs at kkovacs@dwc.org to RSVP.  Reservations are essential.

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