Vice President of Education Technology shares Private Sector Advances & Leadership in Online Learning
Career Education Corporation (CEC) (NASDAQ: CECO) served on an expert panel focused on online learning during the inaugural meeting of the bipartisan Congressional E-Learning Caucus Wednesday. Judy Komar, CEC's Vice President of Educational Technology, shared the early leadership and significant advances by private sector education institutions, notably CEC, in delivering state-of-the-art online learning programs to its students.
U.S. Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) and Judy Komar, Vice President of Educational Technology for Career Education Corp., speak on an expert panel during Wednesday's kickoff of the Congressional E-Learning Caucus in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Business Wire)
Staff for Caucus Co-chair's U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem (R-S.D.) and U.S. Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) invited Komar to appear as a panelist to represent private sector higher education institutions and to offer insights into Career Education's substantial investment and leadership in developing an award-winning Virtual Campus and other educational technologies for students of its two flagship universities - Colorado Technical University (CTU) and American InterContinental University (AIU).
"We have worked to bring together the technological side with the human side to give our students the best possible educational experience," Komar told the caucus during the panel discussion at the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C. "E-Learning is becoming so incredibly popular. The more we have students learning online and the more institutions offer online courses, the more valuable e-Learning becomes."
At Career Education, Komar is responsible for providing innovative technology solutions for students, helping develop content for more than 500 new courses annually and facilitating and integrating educational technologies. Along with CEC's Virtual Campus, Komar was the chief architect in developing M.U.S.E. (My Unique Student Experience), which allows students to engage with course content in ways that best suit their preferred learning style. The M.U.S.E. platform recognizes that reading a textbook and traditional linear learning are not the ideal or most effective learning style for every student. Some students best absorb material by watching or hearing it, while others learn best through problem-solving using real-world examples or by practicing an activity until they've mastered it. M.U.S.E. adapts to and facilitates students' distinct and diverse learning styles.
In addition to the Online Virtual Campuses at CTU and AIU, the company is deploying its innovative education technology at its international institutions as well. CEC's International University of Monaco recently began offering an online Executive MBA program leveraging the company's technology.
With 20 years of experience in instruction, training, and consulting, Komar is a pioneer in the field of Educational Technology and has applied her Master's in Education and post-graduate work in Instructional Technology to benefit students with flexible, technology-enabled learning platforms. She has presented about online education to audiences around the world, including the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) International.
Komar is proud to have been included in the inaugural Congressional E-Learning Caucus meeting representing private sector higher education institutions as well as CEC.
"The Caucus will serve as a resource in Congress on using technology to enable all learners - from preschool to high school, from college to the workplace - to have access to the highest quality instructional materials and best-in-class instructors regardless of location or income level," Noem and Polis wrote in a letter to Congressional colleagues when announcing formation of the Congressional E-Learning Caucus last fall. "Our goals in forming the E-Learning Caucus are to promote increased understanding on Capitol Hill about the pivotal role E-Learning plays in our education system, to promote research on successes and failures in E-Learning so that federal education funds are used prudently, and to ensure that policy is aligned with practice."
Komar was joined on the panel by: Michael Kowalski, Administrator, Online Campus, Fairfax County (Virginia) Public Schools; Scott Jenkins, Director of External Relations, Western Governors University; and Becky Takeda-Tinker, President of Colorado State University Global Campus.