Dr. Cathy Cavanaugh
Dr. Cathy Cavanaugh is Principal Program Manager for Professional Development in the education products group at Microsoft. Previously she was Director of Teaching and Learning in Worldwide Education at Microsoft, working with education leaders and organizations around the world to transform learning and teaching. Cathy’s experience includes leading an education transformation initiative and launching a virtual school in Western Australia; higher education leadership and research in the Middle East during a national mobile learning program; and work as a professor and researcher in educational technology in US universities; as well as school teaching and leadership. She was a Fulbright Senior Scholar advancing e-learning in Nepal. She has developed successful and innovative online degree and professional development programs, and blended learning programs for K-12 students. She also directed professional development centers in the US and was a STEM classroom teacher in the US and Caribbean. Cathy’s research and her 150 publications focus on technology-empowered teaching and learning in virtual schools, online and blended learning, teacher development, and mobile learning. Her work has been recognized for its impact with international awards including a 2016 International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Making IT Happen award. Cathy is a frequent speaker at education events and she has consulted on educational technology with national and state governments, universities, schools, and organizations. She serves as associate editor of the Journal on Online Learning Research. Her education includes a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, a Master of Education, and a Bachelor of Education.
Dr. Wendy Drexler
Wendy Drexler has been a champion for effective integration of technology for learner empowerment for over 20 years. As assistant professor at Johns Hopkins University, she led Digital Age Learning and Educational Technology MS Degree. Prior to that, Wendy served as Chief Innovation Officer for the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) and continues to serve as ISTE faculty. As Director of Online Development at Brown University, she led the design and production of Brown’s first online courses. As a post doc at the University of Florida, she managed the research portion of the Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT) federal Title II grant across 23 school districts in Florida. Before earning a Ph.D and Ed.S in educational technology, Wendy managed eLearning design teams at IBM and AT&T. She has taught in elementary, middle, and high school in both public and Independent school settings. She developed the first blended learning courses for Shorecrest Preparatory School in St. Petersburg. Her research interests include student construction of personal learning environments, balancing teacher control with student autonomy, and advancing the processes that support networked learning. She continues to serve on the Boards of a number of educational nonprofit organizations.