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Education Policy Fellowship Program

Technology Trends: Impacts on Society, Education & Policy

April 28, 2003
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Kellogg Center, MSU

The Fellows participating on the Technology Trends: Impacts on Society, Education & Policy Learning Team are responsible for planning this seminar.


Technology Trends: Impacts on Society, Education & Policy
Andrew Henry, Sue Schwartz, Mave Coxon, Mark Urban-Lurain

The Learning Team has used the book CODE and Other Laws of Cyberspace by Lawrence Lessig (Basic Books, 1999) as an organizing framework to explore how technology trends impact our personal and professional lives. Drawing specifically on Chapter 7 "What Things Regulate" the team members and a panel of experts will explore four key constraints: Market Forces, Norms, Policy and Laws, and Architecture that provide a model of regulation. The design and development of the Michigan Virtual High School (MVHS) is used as a case study to explore these constraints in greater depth. See the PowerPoint presentation for additional information.


  1. Introduction & Overview of "The Regulation Model" - Andrew Henry
  2. Overview of the Michigan Virtual High School - Jamey Fitzpatrick
    Regulator 1. Policy, Laws & Implementation: MVHS as a Case Study


  3. Introduction to Regulator 2. Architecture - Sue Schwartz
    Architecture: Needs & Constraints of Online Learning - Barbara Beckmeyer
  4. Break
  5. Introduction to Regulator 3. Norms - Mark Urban-Lurain
    Norms - Economics, Efficiency, Effectiveness & Sustainability - Patrick Dickson
  6. Introduction to Regulator 4. Market - Mave Coxon
    Market - Student Reactions to Online Courses - Deb Overbey
  7. Group Discussion & Questions


Resource Persons:

Mr. Jamey Fitzpatrick (EPFP 1990-91)
Vice President, Development & Education Policy
Michigan Virtual University
3101 Technology Parkway, Suite G
Lansing, MI 48910
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Jamey Fitzpatrick has served as a catalyst for change and a champion of innovation in public education. As both an education and technology policy specialist, Mr. Fitzpatrick works with corporations, granting agencies and foundations to enhance MVU fund development activities and to guide educational policy development. Since joining MVU in 1998, Jamey has lead two major statewide initiatives. He planned, organized and lead the implementation of the largest teacher-based deployment of technology in the U.S. Known as the Teacher Technology Initiative (TTI), this $106 million program equipped nearly 90,000 Michigan K-12 educators with a personal computer, software, remote Internet access and Web-based professional development. Jamey has also led the initial design and development of the Michigan Virtual High School (MVHS) project. Since 2000, over 7,800 students have enrolled in online high school courses in Michigan schools.Another 55,000 students have taken advantage of one or more of the MVHS online tools. Jamey served as the director of technology for the Michigan Department of Education, where he was the lead architect of the state’s 1998 technology plan. Jamey also worked for Saginaw Intermediate School District as a REMC Director and in the private sector for Pitney Bowes Corporation. Mr. Fitzpatrick serves on the Board of Directors of Trustees for Olivet College in Olivet, Michigan.

Barbara Truitt Beckmeyer
eProducer & New Media Specialist
Virtual University Design and Technology Group
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48823
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Barbara Beckmeyer has been involved with the creation and delivery of online education since 1997 through the Virtual University, Michigan State University. Working with one of the nation’s first experimental models for developing methods of using technology to help facilitate learning proved to be addictive. The ongoing challenges continue as technology advances. Barbara teaches at Lansing Community College, and has been involved as an instructor with both K.L.I.C.K, (Kids learning in Computer Klubhouses), a Federally funded program through the Department of Education at MSU and the Dimensions program developed by the Ingham Intermediate School District Office of Talent Development. Barbara holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and is working towards her Master’s degree in Digital Media Arts and Technology.

Dr. Patrick Dickson
Professor, College of Education
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48823
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Patrick Dickson is a professor of educational psychology with interests in human development, multimedia learning environments, and cross-cultural research. His teaching and research activities focus on applying lifespan developmental perspectives to the design of new learning environments. He is also exploring how the Internet can be used to create links among students and teachers around the world, as well as links between schools and out-of-school settings, including homes and science museums. His areas of expertise include Asia, cross-cultural and international uses of technology, curriculum applications of technology, educational technology and planning, the impact of technology on teaching and learning.

Ms. Debra Overbey
High School Library/Media Specialist
Stockbridge Community Schools
Stockbridge, MI 49285
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Debra Overbey is one of the Michigan Virtual High School “cyberpioneers,” who began teaching Developing Web Pages in the first semester of MVHS. She has been active in promoting technology in education since introducing the first microcomputer to Stockbridge Community Schools in 1982. She is the Stockbridge High School Library/Media Specialist which involves administration of the media center as well as coordinating the school district’s Internet services, Web site maintenance, technology planning and professional developing, network and hardware maintenance and serving as the liaison for regional technology activity. She has also worked with Merit Network where she collected and reviewed technology-related Web sites for the Michigan Teachers Network site.

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