ORG American Distance Education Consortium/NCSU Title BIO Dan Cotton is Director of Communications & Information Technology (CIT) at the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR) at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. CIT provides professional leadership and support in communications, distance learning, computing, networking, and information technology to IANR academic departments and units involved in teaching, research and extension. At Nebraska, Dan founded the Distributed Environments for Active Learning (DEAL) Laboratory which assists faculty in the development of Internet-based active learning environments. Dan serves as a technology consultant to the Children, Youth and Family at Risk (CYFAR) initiative sponsored and managed by USDA. Dan is a member of the ADEC Program Panel. He is currently a co-principle investigator in the NSF funded Advanced Satellite Internet Extension Project.