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The Langley DLN

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NASA Langley's Digital Learning Network™

Langley DLN StudioBob Starr looks on as Karen Ricks and Center Director Lesa Roe host an event in Langley's Digital Learning Network™ studio in the Office of Education
Image Credit: NASA/ Sean Smith

The NASA Digital Learning Network™ (DLN) delivers education through free, interactive educational events, webcasts and video conferences featuring NASA missions and research.

At Langley, the DLN studio is housed in the Office of Education, and employees work together to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics instruction for students and educators. The Langley DLN is constantly working to improve interactive instructional technologies for educator professional development and distance learning initiatives in the education community. The DLN celebrated its 10th anniversary of innovation in digital education in 2013.

For more information on the DLN, including a list of upcoming events available for students and educators, please visit the DLN website.

NASA DLiNfo Channel

Watch the NASA DLiNfo Webcast Channel! Featuring educational video clips from the past, and LIVE webcasts about NASA's missions and people, brought to you by the NASA Digital Learning Network™.

The NASA Langley DLN Team

Caryn Long
Manager
caryn.long@nasa.gov 
757-864-5032
About: Long provides educational counsel and services to America's schools through STEM and geography standards using state of the art technology and distance learning practices at NASA Langley. She has been an educator in the precollege and college level arenas for 25 years, and was the district science lead teacher of 90 elementary schools. Long has had various levels of educational experiences in NASA education, and is a consultant for a national science education company. She has worked for the North Carolina Department of Education as an elementary science expert, published articles in education books and magazines, and is a former Einstein Fellow, Eleanor Roosevelt Teacher Fellow, Presidential Awardee for Excellence in Science Teaching, was honored by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and the North Carolina Science Teachers Association (NCSTA), and was a finalist for Teacher of the Year.  She is currently working to complete a PhD in Educational Technology from Oklahoma State University.
Karen Ricks
Education Specialist
karen.ricks@nasa.gov 
757-864-5349
About: Ricks is responsible for distance learning STEM engagement programs, virtual professional development, and disseminating NASA's missions to educators and students through a host of NASA education projects. She has 12 years of teaching and administrative experience. Her latest teaching excursion was with Portsmouth Public Schools, where she served as the Science Department Chair at I.C. Norcom High School. She applies current theory, research, and technology to the design of curriculum and instructional models of NASA education resources. Ricks has a dual B.S. in Chemistry and Biology and a Masters in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment. She has completed a biotechnology certificate at Virginia Technical University, forensic biology and toxicology certificate at Virginia Commonwealth University, and a Bioinformatics research certification with the College of William and Mary. She excelled in her studies and served as a teaching assistant at Old Dominion University to analytical chemistry and organic chemistry undergraduates.
Dr. Robert M. Starr
Technical Monitor
robert.m.starr@nasa.gov
757-864-9492
About: Dr. Starr is the Technical Monitor for the DLN, as well as Co-Lead for the NASA Office of Education Infrastructure Division's Dissemination and Web Support Services Team. Starr has been an educator for over 42 years, teaching high school English, then humanities as part of a federal grant to develop and implement a program for rural gifted students, and then teaching Media Arts and Design at James Madison University. He also managed the JMU television production center, and created and operated a regional video production company (Independent Video Associates) serving clients in the Shenandoah Valley.  He has worked at LaRC since 1998, and received an Ed. D. in Instructional Technology and Distance Learning in 2005. Starr has been a multimedia producer, web designer, project manager, and communications consultant, and managed the NASA LE&RN Project (the DLN, NASA’s Classroom of the Future, NASA Electronic Professional Development Network).  He served as acting NASA K-12/eEducation Program Manager at NASA Headquarters.
Glenn Sweatt
Studio Manager
glenn.a.sweatt@nasa.gov 
757-864-8626
About: Sweatt is responsible for the day to day operations and management of the Langley DLN production studios, control room, training classroom and all associated systems and equipment. He performs various production duties for live and live-to-tape productions and webcasts, with duties that range from technical director, camera operator, audio, lighting, tape and CG operator. Sweatt assists Langley Education staff and customers with configuring, formatting, and converting still and motion imagery to improve presentations and ensure system compatibility. Sweatt also served as a producer, director, and videographer for the United States Air Force. He has been with the Langley DLN since 2011.

 

Page Last Updated: February 26th, 2014
Page Editor: Claire LaBar