Society For Media Psychology & Technology
For Immediate Release
Learning Psychologist Bernard Luskin to keynote EDEN 2013 Annual Conference in Oslo, Norway
The Joy of Learning:
Enhancing Learning Experience - Improving Learning Quality
Newswire, January 8, 2013, Los Angeles. “Dr. Bernard Luskin, internationally recognized learning psychologist and administrator in online and distance learning will Keynote the European Distance Education Network 2013 Annual Conference in Oslo, Norway in June 2013,” announced EDEN Secretary General Andras Szucs. “I applaud the mission and leadership of EDEN members to maximize the sharing of their academic and professional experience and knowledge to stay at the cutting-edge of new knowledge about access and opportunity in learning,” said Luskin.
“EDEN is a UK based non-profit international educational association and the largest learning organization and conference in European education. Established in 1991, EDEN now has more than 200 institutions and 1200 individuals as members. “EDEN members offer outstanding leadership in e-learning, open and distance education. The theme of the Oslo conference is The Joy of Learning: Enhancing Learning Experience - Improving Learning Quality,” added Szucs.
“I will analyze key questions in e-learning, open and distance education and to discuss best practices, creative methods, smart solutions and innovative developments in the context of learning, psychology and social media. I will explore new knowledge in media psychology that improves learner motivation, provides inspiration and enhances learner satisfaction leading to increased student success,” added Luskin.
Dr. Bernard Luskin has been recognized with a life achievement award for contributions to media psychology by the American Psychological Association’s, Society for Media Psychology and Technology, and was recently named president-elect. Luskin also received life achievement awards for contributions to learning, education and media from the UCLA Doctoral Alumni Association, California State University, Los Angeles, The Futures Commission of the American Association of Community Colleges, the Irish Government and the European Commission. Luskin has served as distinguished professor of education and psychology in a number of universities and as CEO of four colleges and universities. While at Fielding Graduate University, he launched the first Master’s, Ph.D and Ed.D programs in media psychology and media studies in any university. Luskin publishes a regular column in Psychology Today Magazine titled, The Media Psychology Effect.
European Distance Education Network (EDEN)
EDEN has held conferences for open, distance and e-learning, learning innovation for twenty years. The 2013 Conference will be held June 12-15, 2013 in Oslo, Norway in collaboration with the Norwegian Association for Distance and Flexible Education and the University of Oslo. http://www.eden-online.org/
Luskin International is a media and online learning solutions company with a primary focus on higher education. www.LuskinInternational.com
Society for Media Psychology and Technology
The SMPT is the Media Psychology Division 46 of the American Psychological Association and is the specialty society representing professionals in applying theories in psychology to media and technology in all forms. http://www.apa.org/divisions/div46/
American Psychological Association (APA) Media Psychology Division Life Achievement Award to Bernard Luskin
WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif., July 18, 2011 /PRNewswire-US Newswire/ -- "Bernard Luskin will receive APA Media Psychology Division life achievement recognition for contributions to Media Psychology at a convention reception in Washington, D.C., on August 5, 2011," announced Dr. David Shapiro, Chair of the Awards Committee and former Division President.
"Bernie Luskin has been active in media psychology for most of his professional career," said Rachel Bishar, recipient of the first Ph.D. from the first university doctoral degree program in Media Psychology. In 2002, we launched this first university Ph.D. program enrolling what we called, ‘The Magnificent Seven,’ meaning the seven MA, Ph.D. students who first pioneered this important and unique new graduate program in media psychology," said Bishar.
"The master's degree, Ed.D. and Ph.D. programs we began at Fielding Graduate University were triggered by the 1998 APA Media Psychology Division Task Force report, Psychology and New Technologies, chaired by Dr. Lilli Friedland and me. The findings identified emerging professional areas of work where media psychology is emerging," Luskin explained.
Since then M.A. and Ph.D. degree programs in Media and Communications Psychology have been started in other colleges and universities with Bernie's leadership, said Paul Wright, renowned entertainment and education attorney.
"Bernie Luskin has been developing the application of psychology to media and technology all of his professional life. We worked extensively together in the mid-nineties when Bernie was CEO of Philips Interactive Media. He developed the world’s first interactive CDs, producing titles in art, reference, games and movies. Those programs included the first Sesame Street CD, the first Compton's and Grolier's Encyclopedias on CD. He also put the first 50 feature films on CDs in a landmark deal with Paramount Studios," said Dr. Jean Pierre Isbouts, award-winning documentary writer and producer.
Throughout his career, Bernie Luskin has served as president of Mind Extension University, a leading cable network dedicated to education, founding Chancellor of Jones International University and founding President of Coastline Community College, where he was central in the establishment of KOCE-TV. He helped to establish the PBS Adult Learning Service as a pioneer in distance education, online learning, and interactive media.
"These innovative programs paved the way for education programming today. In fact, his work in applying behavior to interactive CD paved the way to DVD and digitally accessible movies," said Eric Doctorow, Executive VP and Home Video chief at Miramax Films.
"My interest in psychology and technology began while I was experimenting with computer assisted instruction at Orange Coast College and completing a doctorate in Education and Technology at UCLA," explained Luskin. "I am honored to be acknowledged with this award and look forward to continuing to work in developing programs and understanding in media psychology," he said.
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NY Times Square Jumbotron photo of Bernie Luskin receiving APA Life Achievement Award.
From Left to Right: Scott Sobel, June Wilson, Jerri Lynn Hogg, Bernie Luskin, John Cabiria, Pamela Rutledge.
NY Times Square Jumbotron photo shows Bernie Luskin chosen President-elect by
Society of Media Psychology & Technology.
Bernard Luskin Chosen President-Elect for the American Psychological Association (APA)
Media Psychology Division
WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif., August 15, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- "Dr. Bernard Luskin, Professor of Media Psychology and Family Therapy, and CEO for Luskin International has been chosen President Elect for the Society of Media Psychology and Technology, Division 46 of the American Psychological Association," announced Dr. Mary Alvord, Elections Committee Chair.
"Dr. Luskin has an exceptional history as a senior administrator, educator and leader in media psychology. He has made many outstanding contributions and pioneered new programs," said Dr. Judith Kuipers, President Emeritus of Fielding Graduate University. "While at FGU, Bernie Luskin developed and launched the first Master’s and Ph.D. degree programs in the field of Media Psychology and the first Ed.D. program in Media Studies in any university. He partnered Fielding with UCLA Extension to launch a successful master's degree program in Media Psychology and Social Change and has guided new master’s and doctoral degree programs in Media and Communications Psychology for other universities," said Kuipers.
"Bernie Luskin has pioneered media psychology where ever he has been," said Glenn Jones, CEO of Jones International, Inc., and founder of Jones International University. "While at Jones, Bernie was central to the launch of Jones International University, the first accredited fully-online university. In addition, we began Mind Extension University, a precursor for many of the online university programs of today, including massive online education strategies that are now evolving into what are called MOOC strategies," added Jones.
"Bernie and Dr. Lilli Friedland, co-directed Media Psychology and New Technologies, a major study for APA’s Division 46. That was a major milestone in shaping this cutting-edge field. He prolifically writes articles and blogs for several publications and produces cutting-edge online programs for universities and corporations, explained Dr. Toni Luskin, Program Director and Professor of Media Psychology at TUW.
Author of ten books, several films, television series and interactive programs, Dr. Luskin won two Emmys from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, served as Chairman of the American Association of Community Colleges, president of Orange Coast College, Coastline Community College, and CEO of Philips Interactive Media, Inc., where spearheaded the landmark deal between Philips and Paramount Studios that brought the first 50 feature films to consumers in early DVD format.
As a licensed marriage and family therapist and school psychologist, Bernie and I are now working within the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy to foster applications of media psychology to improve global understanding of urgent family issues such as ADD, obesity, autism, depression, PTSD, addictions and other social-behavioral concerns now facing society," said Scott Sobel, President of Media and Communications Strategies, Inc.
In addition to his lifetime achievement recognition by the APA’s Society of Media Psychology and Technology, Dr. Luskin has received lifetime achievement awards from the UCLA Doctoral Alumni Association, University of Florida, California State University, Los Angeles, Long Beach City College, the Irish Government and European Commission.
"I look forward to continuing to contribute as President and Member of the Board of Directors of the Society for Media Psychology and Technology. This is a 21st century specialization whose time is now," said Dr. Luskin.
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