Alexandra M. Pickett

Alexandra M. Pickett

Associate Director, SUNY Learning Network, State University of New York, System Administration

Albany, New York Area

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Alexandra M. Pickett's Overview

  • Director of Publications and Public Relations at School Administrator's Association of New York State
  • Director of Materials Production at The MEDEX Group, John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honoloulu, HI

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Alexandra M. Pickett's Summary

I give leadership and direction to SLN online faculty development and instructional design.


online faculty development, large-scale online faculty development, online course design, effective practices in online teaching and learning, effective practices in online learning environment design, technology-enhanced instruction, instructional technology, web2.0 for instructional purposes, serious games and the gamification of education.

Alexandra M. Pickett's Experience

SUNY Learning Network, Associate Director

State University of New York

Educational Institution; 10,001+ employees; Higher Education industry

October 1994Present (20 years)

Leadership and direction for faculty development and instructional design at the system level.

Director of Publications and Public Relations

School Administrator's Association of New York State

Educational Institution; 10,001+ employees; Higher Education industry

19931994 (1 year)


Publications - Design and publication of monthly newsletter, quarterly journal, financial quarterly, periodic legislative bulletin, annual report, annual calendar, brochures, and additional materials. Activities included graphic design and illustration; planning; layout; systematic gathering of information; writing; editing; supervision of outside authors and designers; and coordination with printer, mailing company, and post office. Responsible for a print production budget of +$250K.

Public Relations - Organization and implementation of a PR program. Activities also include writing press releases, researching, co-authoring and editing grants, speeches, coordination of press conferences, creating and maintaining a network of media connections, and collecting newsworthy events. Coordinating TV, radio, and print media opportunities for marketing SAANYS events, issues, membership, etc.

Director of Materials Production

The MEDEX Group, John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honoloulu, HI

1986February 1992 (6 years)

Director of Materials Production
The MEDEX Group, John A. Burns School of Medicine,
University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii (RCUH)

In-house desktop publishing and production of training materials and manuals. Project management, editing, instructional/graphic design, and coordination of international authors. Collaboration with outside editors, artists, and designers. Supervision and training of an international materials production team.

Oversaw the production of:
- the national undergraduate Nursing curriculum for the Country of Kenya.

- the pre-service nursing training program for the country of Colombia, SA.

- an in-service primary health care curriculum for the department of Social Security for the country of Costa Rica, CA.

-Facilitator-led and stand-alone PHC training programs, materials, etc, for programs in Thailand, China, Papua New Guinea, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, India.

Alexandra M. Pickett's Organizations

  • Sloan-C ALN

    Conference Steering Committee & Program Track Chair
    • May 2005 to Present

    Program Track Chair:
    Faculty and Professional Development 2005-2011
    Student Sevices and Learner Support 2012
    Technology and Emerging Learning Environments 2013

  • Sloan-C Blended Learning Conference & Workshop

    Conference Steering Committee member
    • August 2011 to Present

    Program Track Chair:
    Student Support Services 2012
    Faculty Support 2013

    Featured Session Chair 2014

    The Sloan Consortium Blended Learning Conference and Workshop provides the opportunity for attendees to engage with one another throughout this conference sharing information and ideas.

  • National University Technology Network (NUTN)

    Advisory Board (elected position) & Excecutive Committee member
    • September 2010 to Present
    Innovation Award reviewer and award presenter 2010-11
    Student Award reviewer 2012-13
    Conference Planning Committee 2010

  • Campus Technology

    Advisory Board Member
    • March 2013 to Present

    Advisory Board Member for 2013-2015

  • The Center for Online Leadership and Strategy at the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA)

    Advisory Council Member
    • November 2013 to Present

    The Council will work together to shape a national center that will create a vision of online learning for the future, assist universities in achieving that vision, and provide information and insight on online learning through publications, presentations and the media. .

Alexandra M. Pickett's Projects

  • SUNY Blend

    • May 2011 to December 2012

    "SUNYBlend" uses a number of interventions &approaches to support at-risk student success including blended instruction, learning concierges, social networking, &a focus on developing student self-regulation.

    This NGLC-funded project uses a number of technical interventions and approaches ( to support at-risk student success. The “SUNY Blend” includes a blended program, student commons staffed by concierges, a focus on developing student self-regulated learning skills, and more.

    The SUNY Blend project is about student success, persistence and completion in a powerful context – to address the issue of poverty in NYS’s disadvantaged youth population.

    We know that education can disrupt the cycle of poverty and the intergenerational transmission of poverty. Persons with greater education levels and those who increase educational attainment have higher poverty exit rates.

    The barriers and issues faced by our at-risk student populations are many. Many struggle with competing life priorities. They work or have children and may be single parents or have multiple jobs. They enter college needing developmental courses. Their sense of self-efficacy in their ability to succeed is low. The costs of books are a financial burden. Many first generation college students may not know how to avail themselves of the support that is available. They may feel isolated and loose their sense of community for support in a college campus setting, which would be magnified in an online learning environment.

    A quasi-experimental research design is being employed to study the efficacy of our interventions.

    Materials from this project will be shared and can be used or adapted under our CC licensed.

Alexandra M. Pickett's Languages

  • spanish

Alexandra M. Pickett's Skills & Expertise

  1. E-Learning
  2. Instructional Technology
  3. Distance Learning
  4. Instructional Design
  5. Educational Technology
  6. Higher Education
  7. Blended Learning
  8. Adult Education
  9. Curriculum Design
  10. Curriculum Development
  11. Learning Management Systems
  12. Faculty Development
  13. Learning Management
  14. Staff Development
  15. Teaching
  16. Social Media
  17. Social Networking
  18. University Teaching
  19. Courses
  20. Training
  21. Technology Integration
  22. Program Development
  23. Web 2.0
  24. College Teaching
  25. Research
  26. Editing
  27. Leadership Development
  28. Moodle
  29. Leadership
  30. Public Speaking
  31. Program Management
  32. Teacher Training
  33. Technical Writing
  34. Instructor-led Training
  35. Classroom
  36. Educational Leadership
  37. Captivate
  38. Grant Writing
  39. Workshop Facilitation
  40. Camtasia
  41. Needs Analysis
  42. Multimedia
  43. Student Affairs
  44. Pedagogy
  45. Technology Needs Analysis
  46. Lecturing
  47. Academia
  48. Qualitative Research
  49. Technical Training
  50. YouTube

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Alexandra M. Pickett's Education

State University of New York at Albany

Ph.D (in progress), Education, Theory, and Practice

20072017 (expected)

University of Hawaii at Manoa



Bard College

B.A., Philosophy


Alexandra M. Pickett's Additional Information


online teaching and learning, instructional technology, web2.0, social networking/community building, online teaching and learning, web2.0, online faculty development, social networking for professional development purposes, elearning,online, secondlife, SL,Second Life, twitter, diigo, ning, seesmic, slideshare, facebook, e-learning, university, k12, k8, open course ware, open source, open education, cross-cultural communication, socio linguistics, ESL, tech-mediated teaching and learning, how people learn.

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Honors and Awards:

Sloan-C Fellow - class of 2012

Sloan-C Effective Practice Award, November 2010

NUTN Distance Education Innovation Award 2009

USDLA 21st Century Award for Best Practices in Distance Learning, Online Technology – Higher Education, October 2006.

Co-recipient Sloan-C award for Excellence in ALN Faculty Development, November 2001.

Co-recipient Sloan-C award for Excellence in Institution-Wide ALN Programming was presented to the State University of New York Learning Network (SLN), November 2002.

Co-recipient EDUCAUSE award for Systemic Progress in Teaching and Learning was presented to the State University of New York Learning Network (SLN), October 2001.

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