I work in the Academic Learning Transformation Lab (ALT Lab) at Virginia Commonwealth University as the Associate Director of Learning Innovation. In this role I am part of a team focusing on working with faculty to integrate technology in interesting and powerful ways. I'm currently in the unique position to help set our vision for innovation and online learning while working with faculty to build the relationships and tools needed to get there.
A multi-stage departmental project with Dr. Kathryn Murphy-Judy (Coordinator of Foreign Languages) to plan and build engaging multimedia-driven content. The work was featured in Inside Higher Ed, an internal funding award, and a conference presentation.
Additional information about this project and more OER work is available at Open Content Creation at VCU.
A multi-year project implementing WordPress portfolios as a major element in our first-year student curriculum, GLOBE education program, Digital Sociology, and other programs. We currently have over 27,000 sites on our WordPress multi-site.
A course (online & face-to-face) at Kansas State University led by Dr. Michael Wesch and Ryan Klataske. This course focuses on involving students in experiential multi-modal work and presenting that work in ways that deepen engagement.
While this course continues to evolve, the ANTH101 Rebirth post gives a view of how the technology supports key pedagogical concepts.
This presentation focused on doing things with WordPress that you might not expect with a focus on front-end submissions, structuring data, plotting posts on maps, and other non-standard possibilities. You can see the whole WordPress presentation here.
A presentation done in partnership with Marie Selvanadin and Dr. Yianna Vovides (Georgetown University) that delved into the entwined pedagogical and technological needs that help create a cohesive programmatic whole out of the myriad pieces in a Domain of One's Own initiative.
For nearly two years I was the sole support for our 25,000 member WordPress site. I was also still providing custom development work and consultations for faculty. This presentation documents some ways I found to survive and thrive in this scenario. You can also read a review from someone who attended.
I've taught classes from kindergarten to graduate school, from alternative schools to small liberal arts colleges, face-to-face, blended, and online.
I get things done in whatever language/platform I need to use but have significant experience in . . .
Through the years I've also developed a good deal of experience in . . .
I try to give back to the communities that have helped me. That includes public documentation, Creative Commons licensing, and volunteering.
While I've come to have mixed feelings about these things . . .
Prior to VCU, I was the Director of Instructional Technology for Henrico County Public Schools in Richmond, Virginia. My focus was determining the professional development, technologies, and curriculum needed to improve learning in a district with 50,000 students and 67 physical locations. I was involved in numerous grants and district initiatives. I also supervised a distributed team of around 45 individuals.
I have worked across the spectrum in education. This lends a unique perspective and deeper empathy for all involved. I've attended and taught at large R1 state schools and small private liberal arts universities. I have worked with medical school professors and kindergarten teachers. I have taken and taught online and face-to-face courses. In particular, my experience teaching in an alternative middle school setting began a focus on technology as a way to open possibilities and differentiate for students that has been a driving force ever since.
I completed 12 hours of a Master's in Liberal Arts degree from the University of Richmond that included painting, the modern Middle East, and poetry.