The pre-event stream will begin at 7:00pm MST. The webinar will begin at 8:00pm MST.
February 8, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. MST
This year's Winter Webinar will begin with a panel discussion including directors serving in the Online Learning and BYU-Pathway Worldwide organizations and fellow online instructors. Following the discussion, President Henry J. Eyring will address us.
Henry J. Eyring - President of Brigham Young University-Idaho
We are delighted to have President Henry J. Eyring address us for this year's Winter Webinar. A complete bio for President Eyring is available here.
Ben Packer - BYU Pathway Vice President of Student Success
After graduating in 2004 from the University of Kansas, Ben began working at Brigham Young University-Idaho admissions where he helped oversee the Heber J. Grant program alongside BYU-Pathway Worldwide’s current president, Clark Gilbert. Five years later, Ben pursued a PhD in higher education from the University of Arizona and worked as the director of Student Services for the University of Arizona South. Ben began working at the Erie Community College in Buffalo, New York, as the executive vice president of Student Affairs for three years. In addition, he served as the college’s associate vice president for Enrollment Management. Ben is now the vice president of Student Success for BYU-Pathway, overseeing Pathway Support, Mentoring, and the Dean of Students.
Torri Black - ENG 106 Online Instructor
Torri Black received her Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from BYU-Idaho and her Master's in Education with an emphasis in Reading and Literacy from Walden University. Her 4 children are between the ages of 3 and 10. In addition to raising kids and teaching online, Torri runs a properties company with her husband. In the past, she has been an Online Course Representative, a Teaching Group Leader, and an Assistant Instructor Manager, and she has served as an instructor coach and an online leadership training facilitator. Torri began her tenure at BYU-Idaho in 2008 as an on-campus adjunct professor, then moved to online teaching around 2011. She feels blessed to be able to combine her love for teaching with her love for the gospel and to be able to do it from her home.
Peter B. Williams - Online Curriculum Development Director
Peter B. Williams earned his masters and doctorate in Instructional Psychology and Technology at Brigham Young University. He worked with the BYU Technology-Assisted Language Learning (TALL) group and BYU Independent Study prior to joining BYU-Idaho Online Learning in 2007. He served as the director of Online Delivery (now Employment and Scheduling) until 2012. He currently serves as the director of Online Curriculum Development.
Allison Hicken received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology with a minor in Marriage, Family, and Human Development from Brigham Young University and her Master's Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Utah State University. She and her husband live in Idaho Falls and have 4 kids ages 8 months to 9 years. Her two boys and two girls are her full-time job, and she enjoys online teaching on the side. Having previously served as both an Online Course Representative and a Teaching Group Leader, Allison started this semester as an Assistant Instructor Manager. She began teaching BYU-Idaho online courses in Spring of 2014. Allison is a therapist by training and is passionate about helping families in distress. These skills translate well to helping students navigate transitions.
Joel Galbraith - Director of Online Instruction
Joel Galbraith has worked in online learning for more than 20 years as an instructional technology designer, course designer, researcher, online teacher, and since 2010, as the Director of Online Instruction at BYU-Idaho. Joel has worked in online learning at BYU, Penn State University — where he also earned his PhD — and at the University of North Carolina. Brother Galbraith enjoys photography, a good movie and being an online teacher. He and his wife, Shaleign, have five children.
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