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Clarkson University Educator Merges Teaching, Learning and Technology

Phylise Banner, director of online teaching and learning at Clarkson University's Capital Region Campus in Schenectady, has been selected to serve a new two-year term as an Adobe Education Leader (AEL).

Phylise Banner“It's a big honor in the industry to be an Adobe Education Leader,” she says. “While the designation isn't new to me, it is special each time it's renewed. Adobe Education Leaders get together for workshops and summits, and share ideas on how to best meet the needs of faculty and students. This is a great network for sharing with other educators.”

Through the Education Leaders Program, a network of outstanding educators inspires each other, shares ideas, and collaborates. The program provides the leadership and professional development to help administrators and faculty think in new and creative ways.

Banner became an AEL about a decade ago when Adobe reached out to faculty and administrators to help shape the future of its educational technology road map. Her charge is to enhance creativity and collaboration while teaching and learning with Adobe technologies, and to share that information with the community.

These education leaders help develop standards-based curriculums that are used worldwide. Also, as Adobe updates its products and develops new ones, Banner and her Adobe Education Leader colleagues provide valuable feedback.

Banner has been working in the field of online teaching and learning since 1997. She designs, develops, and delivers online courses, programs, and faculty development initiatives. She is featured regularly at regional, national, and international conferences to speak about online teaching and learning, faculty development, instructional strategy, digital storytelling, information visualization, and GIS technologies.

She holds a bachelor of arts degree in information analysis and design from New York University and a master of science degree in instructional technology and distance education from Nova Southeastern University.

For more information on the AEL program, go to

Clarkson University educates the leaders of the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as an owner, CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. With its main campus located in Potsdam, New York, and additional graduate program and research facilities in the Capital Region and Beacon, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university with signature areas of academic excellence and research directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through more than 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, education, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo and connect discovery and innovation with enterprise.

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