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Spring is the time for renewal and intentional action. Dust off those winter cobwebs and join us for a day of learning and inspiration. Take what you hear and begin applying it today. We hope to see you blooming in April!



The Queen vs. The Gardner: A Tale of Two Teachers

Wednesday, April 11 | 12:00pm - 12:30pm PT 


Presenter: Jennifer Robinson, Ph.D.

Webinar Link:

Meeting ID: 526-580-648

Phone (Optional): (646) 558-8656, 526-580-648#

Once upon a time, there was a teacher who started her career with a brand-new box of crayons, markers with ink, and sharpened color pencils. She quickly became a middle school teacher who needed to wear a tiara to remind students who was in charge! Fast forward a couple of decades and this Teacher/Queen/Gardener Extraordinaire figured out that the best way to teach was to ask her students how she could help them learn. Pull up a cushion or sit in your assigned seat while learning how she shapes her teaching from discussions with students about learning. Jen will tell you how she helps her students bloom from their higher education readiness levels with; 1) bridging the asynchronous divide, 2) being ever present with face time (or Facetime), 3) using digital components to your advantage, and 4) mentoring students across the wireless cyberworld.

Looking forward - What’s in store for the online classroom of tomorrow?

Wednesday, April 11 | 1:00pm - 1:30pm PT 

Presenter: Michael Kolodziej, Ed.D.

Webinar Link:

Meeting ID: 328-728-267

Phone (Optional): (669) 900-6833, 328-728-267#

In this session, Mike will share some of the innovation projects that are underway at Ashford University, as well as early indicators of success and opportunities for further research and exploration. 

Zoom Tutorial

Wednesday, April 11 | 2:00pm - 2:30pm PT 

Presenter: Michele Fairbank

Webinar Link:

Meeting ID: 321-961-771

Phone (Optional): (669) 900-6833, 321-961-771#

Join Zoom Senior Executive Representative Michele Fairbank as she shares the in and outs of the Zoom cloud meeting platform!

From Inspiration to Life-long Learning

Wednesday, April 11 | 3:00pm - 3:30pm PT 

Presenters: Kimberly O'Brien

Webinar Link:

Meeting ID: 523-202-532

Phone (Optional): (646) 558-8656,523-202-532#

In a globalized community with endless information, we continually individualize our goals in tandem with our surrounding environment.  We are consumers of a great deal of knowledge throughout our life time.  Many times throughout this feast, we separate knowledge into passion and learning.  What do we do with all the risks, criticisms, idealistic passions, experimentation, and creativity?  Our self-development and learning experiences begin from our inspiration and our passion for what we do does not end once we attain our degree.  The most important thing is how we measure success for ourselves through a life-long journey of learning. 

Keynote Presentation

How to Add More Happiness Into Your Life, Today

Wednesday, April 11 | 4:00pm - 5:00pm PT 

Presenter: Dr. Jaime Kulaga

Webinar Link:

Meeting ID: 395-979-785

Phone (Optional): (646) 558-8656, 395-979-785#

In this presentation, Dr. Jaime shares a variety of ways that you can add happiness into your life, today. So often we sacrifice being in the present in hopes of something bigger and better later on. As our mind wanders into the future, we miss the gifts and beauty of the present. Dr. Jaime educates on ways to be happy right now, today, which in turn will make your future-self happy, too. These tips are practical, real and ones you can use on the go in this busy society.  




Dr. Jaime Kulaga

Professor/Life Coach/Author

Dr. Jaime Kulaga, Ph.D, is the author of "The Superwoman's Guide To Super Fulfillment- Step by Step Strategies to Create Work Life Balance" published in over 15 countries across 4 continents. Her book had been named one of the best Work-Life Balance books of all time. She is a licensed mental health counselor and full time faculty at Ashford University. She has been featured on Daytime, CNBC, Chicago Tribune, Local News Stations, FORBES, Glamour, The Times of India and Yahoo among many other national sites for her insight into work/life balance, professional success and mental health in the workplace. She is the host of the weekly talk show, The Dr. Jaime Show which aims to increase success, happiness and likability among viewers. Dr. Jaime's talk show was named by the HuffPost as one of America's Rising Podcast stars and was number 1 in Women's Leadership in October 2017 according to Player FM. 

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Jaime Kulaga

Associate Faculty, Ashford University

Kim O’Brien holds a Master of Arts in Global History and has a background teaching world history courses since 2011.  She is a Course Lead for the Social Science/Humanities team at Western Governors University.  She has published the work titled, “China and the International Space Station (ISS):  China’s distance from the project” for the International Institute for Asian Studies and contributed a discovery session titled, “Championing Diversity and Inclusion for Online Teachers from Computer to Computer” for the Ashford Teaching and Learning Conference in 2016.  She has earned the Evaluation Department Award for Learning at Western Governors University and Outstanding Achievement in Teaching Award at Ashford University as an adjunct associate faculty member.  She is married with three daughters and two cats.  Some of her hobbies include art, baking, camping, hiking, and boating. 

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Michele Fairbank

Senior Sales Executive - Education, Zoom Video Communications

Zoom, the cloud meeting company, unifies mobile collaboration, cloud video conferencing and simple online meetings into one easy-to-use platform. Our solution offers the best video, audio and screen-sharing experience across Windows PC, Mac, iOS, Android and H.323/SIP room systems.

Zoom was founded in 2011 by experienced leaders and engineers from Cisco and WebEx. Every founding engineer has over 10 years of real-time collaboration software experience. Our mission is to develop a people-centric cloud service that transforms the real-time collaboration experience and improves the quality and effectiveness of communications forever.

Michele Fairbanks

AVP, Learning Design and Innovation, Bridgepoint Education

Michael Kolodziej, Ed.D.

Michael Kolodziej, EdD. earned his Doctorate in Learning Technologies from Pepperdine University,  focusing the attention of his research on Computational Thinking in Higher Education.  Michael currently serves as the Associate Vice President of Curriculum and Instructional Design for Bridgepoint Education, and is involved in a variety of projects and initiatives including the development of new online degree programs (Bachelors, Masters and Doctorate level), the creation of boot camp offerings, and a number of design based research fueled initiatives to improve the effectiveness and enjoyability of student learning.

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Jen Robinson, Ph.D.

Program Chair - Assistant Professor, Ashford University

Jen Robinson began planting the seeds of knowledge in the 1990s and spent 20 years as a K-12 and university ESL teacher. She has taught in Washington, Ohio, and Wisconsin. Along the way, she has learned a great deal about how to help students using their feedback regarding the teaching and learning process. Students as young as five and as old as, well, older than Jen, have helped her understand the teaching and learning process. The teacher education classes were fantastic (as were her professors), but she has learned that the true authority over learning are those who are learning. She now surveys her students about what helps them succeed in her classes. Yes, her witty and charming personality is grand, but the actions of teaching and learning have been impacted greatly by seeking real-time feedback from her students.

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