Coached by BLSC Executive Director Dr. Kayode C.V. Adebowale, our girls from Hillcrest Middle School once again took first place position at the May 2017 Science Olympics at Lauralton Hall.
Working together, they applied various team strategies, developed during their coaching sessions, to tackle various challenging tasks at The Science Olympics.
This is not the first time our team of girls have placed first in The Science Olympics. In May 2016, our team of girls from Bridgeport and Trumbull public schools, also took first place, ahead of twenty three other teams.
This year was exceptional because all our girls in the team are graduating into high school. Go Girls!
Kayode C. Victor Adebowale
I am a product of the State University of New York (SUNY) school system, having completed all my postsecondary education, with the exception of my Masters in Education, at Stony Brook University. I am deeply passionate about global education, and currently involved in higher education and K-12 online and blended learning modalities of instructional delivery, as well as research on their efficacies. My leadership experiences as an Executive Director, a teacher, a coach, a mentor, and as a researcher, at K-20 levels, working at the levels of the state, city, national, and with global institutions in Africa, Asia, and North America is what I will bring to Blended Learning and Study Center.
Below is an overview of some of my leadership experiences.
At the K-12 level, I was part of the committee that wrote and published the Virtual Learning Program rubric adopted by New York State Education Department (NYSED), Rhode Island, and Massachusetts State Education Agencies (SEAs).Also, in my work with New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) as the Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP) coordinator and the School-Based Inquiry Team member, I led a group of teachers to improve the bottom third of the student population, while ensuring that 100% of our honor students were accepted into four-year degree-granting institutions. In this capacity, I implemented the first online course management system and online curriculum map for biology for the school and district. I also worked with the Three Village Central School District Board to close the State funding gap that existed between Long Island schools and the rest of the State. As a New York Academy of Science member, I promote the cause of science at the K-20 level. I have mentored several students who participated in various state, city, and national science fairs, where I also served as a judge. I served as a middle school soccer coach and a debate team coach for the Bridge Public School district. I am also a Boy Scouts Den Leader in the Trumbull Public School District.
At the State level, I worked with NYSED Office of Educational Design and Technology as a research policy intern to develop and implement K-12 online and blended learning policies, specifically Commissioner's Regulation 100.5(d)(10)--credit for online and blended courses. I also helped evaluate, monitor, and manage the Virtual (online and blended) Advanced Placement grant, and wrote some policy briefs for the NYSED Board of Regents.
At the higher education level, I pioneered and taught a hybrid research course to high school students at Stony Brook University (SBU) Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP). In fact, one of my students who was involved in varsity soccer kept up with the course by logging in remotely from wherever her game was held. I have taught online and blended undergraduate and graduate courses for the past seven years using Blackboard Learn, Moodle, Google Classroom, Adobe Connect, Blackboard Collaborate, Skype, and a host of other web 2.0 technologies; while focusing on my research on using predictive modeling to understand patterns of online and blended students’ interactions with course contents. I was a recipient of SUNY IITG grant with which we built the first open online and blended Japanese and Korean courses for the State University of New York (SUNY) school system. I also serve as a reviewer for the Computer and Education journal.
Finally, I also assisted my advisor and Stony Brook University’s Department of Technology and Society to manage a blended (hybrid) Masters' program in Global Operations Management (GOM), which has students in Taiwan, China, and Korea receiving instruction from the Stony Brook campus. For the past years, we have presented some of our findings and effective practices from the GOM program at various conferences such as Sloan Consortium (now Online Learning Consortium (OLC)) and Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). The program has successfully graduated more than 300 students worldwide.
Sato, E., Sohn, H., Chen, J., Adebowale, K., &Jourdain, S. (2015). Building Innovative Online Korean and Japanese Courses: A Pilot on Technology-enhanced Curriculum Development. Journal of Educational Technology Systems.
(Adebowale) Ekwunife-Orakwue, K. &Teng, T. (2014). The impact of transactional distance dialogic interactions on student learning outcomes in online and blended learning environments. Computers & Education Journal. Vol. (78): 414-427.
“Virtual Learning Program Rubric.” Crean Davis, A., Gaines, J., Paul. A., &Rukobo, E.Z. (2014). Philadelphia, PA: Center on Innovations in Learning.
Adebowale (Ekwunife-Orakwue), K., Chen J., Jourdain, S., Sato, E. and Sohn, H. (2015, May). Building Innovative Open Korean and Japanese Courses: A Pilot on Technology-enhanced Curriculum Development. Paper presented at SUNY Conference on Instruction and Technology (CIT).
Adebowale, K. (2015, February). TheImpact of Transactional Distance Dialogic Interactions on Student Learning Outcomes in Online and Blended Learning Environments. Paper presented at Emerging Researchers National Conference.
Adebowale, K. &Teng, T.(2011, November). The Impact of Learner and LE Factors on Student Learning Outcome in Online Learning Programs at SBU. Paper presented at Sloan Consortium International Conference on Online Learning.
Adebowale, K. &Teng, T.(2010, October). The Hybrid Learning Model used by the Department of Technology and Society’s Overseas Master’s Program in Global Operations Management (GOM) and Technological Systems Management (TSM). Paper presented at the Association for theAdvancement of Computing in Education (AACE).