University of Maryland University College congratulates faculty member Randy Hansen on two impressive achievements.

Hansen was invited by the White House and the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Educational Technology to participate in the Advancing Educational Technology in Teacher Preparation Innovation Summit. The event focused on the forward-thinking work of innovators advancing the four principles of educational technology in teacher preparation and provided an opportunity to share ideas, progress, and success stories. Hansen's panel discussed improved and sustainable technology-related professional development for teacher preparation and higher education faculty. The summit convened at the White House on December 14, 2016.

In addition, School Administrator magazine has invited Hansen to write an article on personalized learning for their March 2017 issue. School Administrator is a publication of the School Superintendents Association, providing perspectives and advice on a range of topics specific to K–12 education and the leadership of public school districts.

Hansen is program director and professor for the Master of Education program at UMUC. He has more than 15 years of experience as an educator and administrator. He began his career as an elementary ESOL teacher in Prince George's County, Maryland, public schools, and he was also a technology coordinator.

Most recently, Hansen served as program director for the technology in education program at National Louis University in Chicago. He holds a master's degree in instructional systems development from University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and an EdD in educational technology from Pepperdine University.

His current research interests include the examination of the role of technology in creating active learning, online and blended learning pedagogy, mobile technologies, and online professional development.