February, 2017

Monday, February 13, 2017

6:00 – 6:30 pm: Networking
6:30 – 8:00 pm: Business Meeting / Program

McNeely Hall, Room 117
2115 Summit Avenue, St. Paul

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Use and Misuse of Mobile Learning (presentation and roundtable discussion)

This presentation will focus on a variety of themes related to mobile learning and how each may detract from or add to the mobile learning experience. Themes will include:

  • Mobile Learning usage  (state of the nation)
  • LMS support
  • Pedagogy
  • Responsive Design
  • Accessibility
  • Collaboration (WebRTC)
  • Augmented Reality
  • Offline use
  • Audio/Video challenges

Bob Bilyk and Jothan Sargent will present information around these themes and show some examples to further illustrate use of mobile learning. After the two presentations we will open the floor to a roundtable discussion. Please feel free to bring your own experiences with mobile learning to examine with the group.


Robert “Bob” Bilyk, Director, Center for Online Learning

As the Director of the Center for Online Learning at Metropolitan State University, Robert Bilyk provides university-wide leadership and advocacy for online and hybrid teaching and learning for a diverse student population, including nontraditional adult students. He joined Metropolitan State in 2011 and has worked with faculty across the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system.

His work experience includes instructional design and computer programming for Allen Interactions, Minnesota Department of Human Services, Minnesota Department of Revenue, EMA, 3M and Thrivant Financial. He designed courses in computer science, chemical technology and multicultural sensitivity. He also helped Saint Paul College start information technology programs and founded Cyber Village Academy, the first elementary school in the United States to offer a hybrid program of online and on-campus classes for the International Baccalaureate Organization Middle Years Program.

Before joining Metropolitan State, he served on the ZebraZapps team at Allen Interactions working on a next-generation eLearning development environment. Prior to that, he developed training, computer programs and documentation in support of geospatial applications developed by ObjectFX.

Robert Bilyk is also the author of the LodeStar eLearning authoring system, which is used by higher education institutions throughout the United States and abroad.

Robert has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from the University of Minnesota and a Master of Education degree in curriculum and instructional systems from the University of Minnesota.

Jothan Sargent, Lead Programmer, Rivertown Communications, Inc.

Jothan Sargent works for Rivertown Communications, Inc., a custom training company located in Stillwater, MN, as lead programmer and developer for computer-based instruction and corporate web sites.  Mr. Sargent is a graduate of the University of St. Thomas where he received his bachelor’s degree in computer science.  Mr. Sargent has been developing instructional programs and web delivered training since April 1995. His work has included program development, integrating learning programs into network and Internet environments, web development, accessibility, technical support, database design and writing and delivering technical training.