I have worked at Penn State for the past 16 years in the field of education technology. Currently I am the director of the Teaching and Learning with Technology Studio at Penn State. The Studio consists of technologists, designers, and software developers working on building things to support innovative teaching, learning, research, and communication. A key part of the strategy of TLT Studio is to partner closely with faculty and look for places where faculty research interests align with the University’s interest in innovating around the use of technology. In the last year and a half the Studio has tackled projects related to digital badging, artificial intelligence, learning analytics, peer critique in the context of visual literacy, and multi-institutional collaboration on educational resources. The Studio also implemented and supports a web publishing platform with the goal of improving education by making the University more open and connected.
Prior to being Director of the TLT Studio, I was the Manager of Software Design and Development in Education Technology Services. While there I led the launch of Blogs At Penn State, a web publishing platform which saw over 53,000 users in the course of its time in operation. My role as the manager of the blogging service helped develop my philosophy of open web publishing being integral to a 21st century education experience.
Previously I worked as an instructional technologist at the Penn State World Campus. In that role I developed and supported new technology initiatives in order to improve the experience of World Campus faculty and students, developed and implemented a content management strategy and system, and maintained and supported the various learning management systems that were in use at the campus.
I have a BA in Media Studies from Penn State. Even after all these years, I am still seriously in love with the internet.