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Education Policy Fellowship Program

Educational Technology 
in the 21st Century

April 16, 2001
Michigan Virtual University
University Corporate Research Park
3101 Technology Parkway,
Suite G Lansing, MI
12:00 pm-5:00 pm

This session will examine the impact of educational technology as it is effectively applied to teaching and learning in the 21st Century. The afternoon will utilize the resources of the Michigan Virtual University,  (MVU) including the expertise of the staff and the facilities of their unique Collaboratorium.


Technology Learning Team Members
MaryAlice Galloway, Nancy Wilkinson, Wageh Saad, Maurice Henderson and Ric Wiltse

Session A

This session will give Fellows the opportunity to learn from the MVU staff about their various programs in the areas of education, health care, and economic development.

Session A Resource Persons:

Jamey Fitzpatrick (EPFP 90-91)
Vice President for Development & Educational Policy
Michigan Virtual University
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Jamey Fitzpatrick joined the Michigan Virtual University in 1998 as vice president of development and education policy. He works with corporations, granting agencies and foundations to enhance MVU fund development to help advance workforce development through distributed learning. Most recently, Fitzpatrick garnered a $750,000 Ameritech grant to MVU to support the launch of the Virtual Information Technology College.

In addition to fund development, Fitzpatrick also works with schools, colleges, universities and policy leaders in forming Web-based learning strategies.

Both an education and technology specialist, Fitzpatrick has practical experience in promoting the use of technology in education. Previously the director of data and technology services for the Michigan Department of Education, Fitzpatrick was the lead architect of the state's 1998 technology plan, adopted unanimously by the State Board of Education. He also has served as director of technology and media services for the Saginaw Intermediate School District and as a marketing specialist for the Pitney Bowes Corporation.

In 1995, Fitzpatrick was appointed by Governor John Engler to the Michigan Information Network advisory board, which examined statewide connectivity for the state's entire education system. He now serves on the boards of Olivet College in Olivet, Michigan, and the Michigan Information Technology Network.

Fitzpatrick earned a bachelor's in business administration from Olivet College and participated in the Education Policy Fellowship Program sponsored by the Institute for Educational Leadership in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Margaret Ropp
Director of Teaching, Learning & Professional Development Services
Michigan Virtual University
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Margaret Merlyn Ropp is the Director of Teaching, Learning, and Professional Development Services for the Michigan Virtual High School which is a new division of Michigan Virtual University. Before taking her position at MVHS, Dr. Ropp was an assistant professor of educational technology at the University of New Mexico. At UNM, Dr. Ropp worked with inservice and preservice teachers as they learned to integrate technology into the curriculum. Her research interests focus on the investigation and development of cognitive, social, and affective environments that support self-regulated learning through technology. Dr. Ropp was the major author and co-PI of a successful U.S Department of Education Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers to use Technology grant awarded to the University of New Mexico in 1999.

In 1997, Dr. Ropp earned her Ph.D. in educational psychology with a specialization in cognition and technology from Michigan State University. Before entering doctoral study, Dr. Ropp earned a BA in studio art and a Master's degree in museum studies from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and she taught K-12 art in the Louisville Public Schools in Nebraska.

Ms. Nancy Davis (EPFP 87-88)
Executive Director, Michigan Virtual High School
Michigan Virtual University
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Nancy M. Davis joined the Michigan Virtual High School as its founding Executive Director in January 2001. Previously she had served as Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment at the Calhoun Intermediate School District. She also served as the Director of the area's Regional Education Media Center. Her professional experience includes appointments as Assistant Principal at the East Lansing High School and Holt High School. Nancy also has experience working as a Coordinator of the Office of School Improvement, Consultant for the Office of Sex Equity, and Educational Specialist in the Compensatory Education Office, all with the Michigan Department of Education. Her teaching experiences include appointments at the high school level in the Midland and Mt. Pleasant Public School Districts. Nancy serves on the Board of the Michigan Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development and she is currently the Treasurer of the Board. She has served on a variety of statewide education advisory councils and is a member of several professional education administrator organizations.

Nancy Davis holds a BS in Secondary Education and a MA in Public Relations and Journalism from Central Michigan University, and a MA in Educational Systems Design from Michigan State University. She participated in the Education Policy Fellowship Program in 1987-88.


Session B

Session B will be spent in a hands-on learning exploration of resources and topics of common interest to all Fellows related to educational technology.  Questions for discussion will be collected from the Fellows in advance of this meeting. Preliminary discussion questions to use in the Collaboratorium include:

  1. How does technology affect education policy in schools and other learning communities?
  2. What skills do 21st Century learners need to have to be successful?
  3. What will the workplace and learning centers look like twenty years from now?
  4. Does the digital divide exist, and if so, how can it be overcome?
  5. What inhibits the effective use of technology?
  6. What enables the effective use of technology?

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