Exploring Business Education Technologies Webinar

Exploring Business Education Technologies

Building North Carolina’s future globally competitive workforce begins in the classroom. Supporting and fostering highly effective, world-class educators in our state hinges on teacher preparation and  professional development. That’s why as part of our 2014 program of work on building a quality teaching workforce, we hosted our third in a series of education webinars on January 15 entitled Exploring Business Education Technologies. 

IEI convened a working group of statewide policy, business and education stakeholders and identified teacher preparation and professional development as key factors in improving student performance and fostering economic growth in our state. To explore these concepts, we are bringing in experts in the fields of technology development, education and business aviation to hear multiple points of view on employee preparation, pre-service and professional development. Learning from other industries can help our state’s teachers effectively prepare their students.

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A few of the topics we discussed for our January 15th webinar included:

  • Online, blended, and technology-empowered classrooms
  • Virtual internships
  • Digital teaching portfolios
  • Online communities of practice and personal learning networks
  • Other forms of online professional development, tech camps, and related approaches utilized by both business and education


Cathy Cavanaugh, Director of Teaching and Learning at Microsoft Corporation, moderated this panel. 

Dr. Cathy Cavanaugh is Director of Teaching and Learning in Worldwide Education at Microsoft Corporation. She works with education leaders and organizations around the world. Cathy’s research and publications focus on technology-empowered teaching and learning in virtual schools, online and blended teacher learning, mobile learning, and integration of devices into schools. Her work has been recognized for its impact with international awards. Cathy held faculty and leadership appointments in US universities and a college in the Middle East, and was a Fulbright Senior Scholar advancing e-learning in Nepal. She also directed professional development centers in the US, and was a classroom teacher in the US and Caribbean. Her education includes a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, a Masters in Education, and a Bachelors in Education.

Julia Carpenter, Senior instructional designer at General Dynamics

Dr. Julia Carpenter is an experienced senior instructional systems designer and project lead with almost 20 years of experience designing, developing and facilitating instructor-led, computer-based, web-based, and paper-based learning products for a variety of government, military, and educational institutions. Dr. Carpenter is an expert in each stage of the ADDIE model, from needs assessment through summative evaluation.  She has designed and managed projects for a range of multimedia, including web-based training performance and support systems, and instructor-led training.

Barbara Treacy, Director, Education Development Center

Barbara Treacy is the Director of EdTech Leaders Online (ETLO), a capacity-building online learning program for state departments of education, school districts, virtual schools, colleges and universities, and other educational organizations to enable them to establish successful online learning programs for teachers, administrators and students. Since ETLO’s inception in 1999, Treacy has led teams of online curriculum developers, instructors, media developers, and technical specialists to provide graduate-level training programs in online and blended learning, a catalog of more than 70 online courses for teachers and administrators, a national forum for online specialists implementing local online programs, and custom online development and consulting services.

Leslie Fetzer, Professional Learning Coordinator for the North Carolina Virtual Public School and former National Online Teacher of the Year

Leslie Fetzer is a Professional Learning Coordinator at the North Carolina Virtual Public School (NCVPS). She is a former High School Chemistry and Biology Teacher and was the 2012 iNACOL/SREB National Online Teacher of the Year. As part of her current role, Leslie oversees the Teacher Induction Process, which is a virtual internship program required for all teachers wishing to teach for NCVPS.