Plenary Speakers

OblingerDiana G. Oblinger, Ph.D.

Dr. Diana G. Oblinger is President Emeritus of EDUCAUSE, a nonprofit association of 2,400 colleges, universities, and education organizations whose mission is to advance higher education through the use of information technology. She served as President and CEO from 2008 – 2015, and as Vice President from 2004-2008. Previously, Oblinger held positions in academia and business: Vice President for Information Resources and the Chief Information Officer for the University of North Carolina system, Executive Director of Higher Education for Microsoft, and IBM Director of the Institute for Academic Technology. She was on the faculty at the University of Missouri-Columbia and at Michigan State University.

Oblinger is known for her leadership in teaching and learning. She founded the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative, and, in collaboration with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, she led the creation of the Next Generation Learning Challenges, a $65M program focused on improving college readiness and completion through information technologies.

Oblinger has served on a variety of boards including the National Science Foundation’s Advisory Committee on Cyberinfrastructure, the board of directors of ACT, the American Council on Education (ACE) board, and chair of the Washington Higher Education Secretariat.

Oblinger is a frequent keynote speaker as well as the author or of co-author multiple books. She has received outstanding teaching and research awards, has served as a Distinguished Visiting Fellow in Learning Technologies at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and holds three honorary degrees. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, and Sigma Xi.

Presentation Content:

“Connected Learning”
Learning connects all aspects of life and today’s digital ecosystem provides higher education with many options to strengthen learning experiences, meet individual learner needs, and interconnect a world that is highly interdependent. Information technology is allowing educators to create the next generation of learning―for the next generation of learners. The presentation will highlight unique learning environments, student support systems, and the emerging alternative credentialing marketplace.

bordenJeff Borden
Chief Innovation Officer at Saint Leo University

Dr. Jeff D Borden is the Chief Innovation Officer at Saint Leo University.  For two decades, Jeff has focused on trying to transform higher education.  From 2002-2014, Jeff worked as a Vice President with eCollege which was acquired by Pearson Education, providing an academic vision and strategy that encompassed digital learning, neo-millennial instruction methods, authentic assessment, and beyond.    In 2013, as Research & Innovation Network’s Center for eLearning Director, Jeff pursued rigorous research opportunities through a ‘think tank’ of educational innovation.  Now Dr. Borden is implementing almost a dozen strategy initiatives (concurrently) at Saint Leo University to create true “next generation learning” for students.

For 20 years Dr. Borden has consulted with educators in every U.S. state, led transformative efforts in 34 countries, provided almost 200 keynote presentations to audiences of 100-10,000, and spoken with stakeholders from teachers to principals to college administrators to government officials.   Prior to his private sector work, Jeff taught full time at the University of Northern Colorado and was the Coordinator of Public Speaking at Metropolitan State College of Denver.  At the same time, in twenty years, Dr. Borden has taken only 1 semester away from teaching Communication, Rhetoric, and Education classes at various levels – from technical schools to community colleges to state and private universities.

In Dr. Borden’s current role at Saint Leo, he is creating a learning innovation incubator and promoting transformational and effective practices, at scale, that are research driven.   These strategies tie back to Jeff’s platform of “Education 3.0” – the confluence of neuroscience, learning design, and education technology.  Through this lens, Dr. Borden is incorporating his extensive history consulting, teaching, and researching to provide a fertile bed of learning innovation.  Jeff continues to blog for’s Innovation site, presents keynote addresses at numerous conferences each year, and promotes research / publications in Education, Technology, and Communication.

To see the Short-Film around Education 3.0 and the future of learning – “School of Thought” – which Jeff wrote and produced:

Presentation Content:

“Creating a Culture of (Learning) Innovation”

Every school has a few innovation “pockets” to showcase.  From pioneering instructors to first-adopter technologists, innovation exists at most schools.  But disparate, silos of innovation likely are not enough to solve the problems education is facing anymore.  We need scalable, sustainable, intentional innovation impacting multiple streams of education context (like retention, content delivery, instruction, assessment, etc), if we want to stay relevant and successful as teaching and learning organizations.

Dr. Jeff Borden, Chief Innovation Officer, will share his blueprint for such initiatives as used by Saint Leo to create a culture of Learning Innovation, at scale, across the entire organization.  Leveraging the latest frameworks from organizational psychology, creating efficiencies through strategic technology, and tapping into resources across multiple stakeholder groups, this methodology is comprehensive and attainable.  While re-imagining some old processes, strategic Learning Design and Innovation can help us move into the next century, helping solve some long time problems and addressing others before they manifest.

JuliusDr. Daniel J. Julius
Provost and Senior Vice President

Dr. Daniel J. Julius has been a senior academic administrator and faculty member for many years. Prior to coming to NJCU he served as the Executive Director of the SUNY Levin Institute, as the Vice President for Research and Academic Affairs for the University of Alaska system of higher education, Academic Vice President and Provost at Benedictine University in Illinois, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of San Francisco, and Assistant Vice Chancellor Faculty and Staff Relations for the California State University system. Earlier in his career he served as the Director of the Center for Higher Education and lecturer at Teachers College, Columbia University. His academic areas are in organizational behavior, management, higher education and industrial labor relations and he has published extensively in those fields.
Dr. Julius has been a faculty member at Stanford University, Schools of Business and Education, the University of New Hampshire, Whittemore School of Business and Economics, and a Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, Center for Studies in Higher Education and the ILR School at Cornell University. He has had significant international experience as a Fulbright Scholar, a Visiting Scholar at the ILO in Geneva, and as a visiting distinguished lecturer at universities in Spain, France, the United Kingdom, Canada, the Sultanate of Oman, Israel, and the People’s Republic of China. He received his higher education at The Ohio State University, Cornell, and Columbia University.

Presentation Content:

Can We Promote Good Digital Citizenship, Safeguard Academic Freedom and Comply with Federal Legislation? 


Can We Promote Good Digital Citizenship, Safeguard Academic Freedom and Comply with Federal Legislation?

This presentation will focus on how Colleges and Universities might promote “good digital citizenship” among students, faculty and staff.  The matter relates to wider issues associated with compliance and federal legislation on illegal downloading, file sharing and copy write infringement. Organizational, pedagogical, community related and legal issues as such relate to good digital citizenship and the management DMCA notices will be discussed as will strategies for addressing these topics in academic cultures which appear to be less concerned with copyright infringement  than those responsible for compliance policy might hope.

WeinsteinDave Weinstein

Dave Weinstein is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for the State of New Jersey, a newly-established cabinet post in the Administration of Governor Chris Christie.  As CTO, Dave is responsible for the administration of the New Jersey Office of Information Technology.

Prior to this June 2016 appointment, Dave previously served as New Jersey’s Chief Information Security Officer and Cybersecurity Advisor with the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness.  Outside of Trenton, Dave was a senior civilian at the United States Cyber Command in Fort Meade, Maryland, as well as a cyber risk consultant with Deloitte and Touche.

Dave has been recognized by Forbes as a “top 20 cyber policy expert” and his analysis and commentary has been featured in numerous media and academic publications, including the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy,, The Boston Globe, and The Huffington Post.  Dave is a Cybersecurity Fellow with New America and an “Influencer” for the Christian Science Monitor’s security and privacy project.  He is the author of the forthcoming chapter “Information Sharing at the State and Local Level,” published in Cyber Insecurity: Navigating the Perils of the Information Age (Rowan & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.).

Presentation Content:

Cybersecurity in New Jersey, David Weinstein, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for the State of New Jersey