Staff Directory

Caroline Hamby

Digital Scholarship/Educational Technologist
Email: hambycc@jmu.edu
Phone: 540-568-7061

Areas of Expertise

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Zachary Williams

Innovation Services Specialist
Email: willi2ze@jmu.edu
Phone: 540-568-7061

Areas of Expertise

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Ivan Guadarrama

Educational Technology Instructor
Email: guadarji@jmu.edu
Phone: 540-568-4840

Areas of Expertise

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Eric Stauffer

Director of Instruction & Instructional Design
Email: stauffem@jmu.edu
Phone: 540-568-3393

Areas of Expertise

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Calvin Pynn

Innovation Services Specialist
Email: pynncj@jmu.edu
Phone: 540-568-7061

Areas of Expertise

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Dan Easley

Equipment & Space Manager
Email: easleydr@jmu.edu
Phone: 540-568-4374

Areas of Expertise

  • Fifth Place, Old-Time Banjo, 4th Annual Highland County Fiddlers Convention
  • First Place, Pig-Calling Contest, 104th Annual Elkton Field Days

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Lucas Wheeler

Innovation Services Specialist
Email: wheelelc@jmu.edu
Phone: 540-568-7061

Hey there! My name is Lucas and I graduated from James Madison University in 2016 with a B.A. in Media Arts and Design concentrating in Integrated Advertising and Corporate Communications. When I’m not in one of the libraries on campus assisting students and faculty with various technologies and media-based projects, you can either find me working on a freelance graphic design project or just hangin’ out. I enjoy being outdoors, playing soccer and basketball, cooking, listening to music, and finding new ways to express myself creatively. Keep curious.

Areas of Expertise

  • Graphic Design
    • Adobe Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign)
  • Video Editing
  • Social Media
  • Eating a large Papa John’s pizza all by myself

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Grayson Simmons

Media Specialist
Email: simmongd@jmu.edu
Phone: 540-568-4836

Prior to joining Innovation Services as a Media Specialist in February 2017, I graduated from James Madison University. While at JMU I received a B.A. in Media Arts and Design, concentrating in Digital Video and Cinema and a minor in History. When I’m not providing media-related support for the faculty and staff of JMU, I enjoy drumming, exploring new techniques in videography, watching critically acclaimed films, watching critically panned films, and learning useless trivia.

Areas of Expertise

Video Production
 
Post Production
 
Software:
 
Adobe Creative Suite: Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe Illustrator
 
Audacity
 
Camtasia Studio
 
Final Cut Pro X
 
iMovie

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Deborah Pugh

Media Instruction Coordinator
Email: pughdg@jmu.edu
Phone: 540-568-6803

Deborah Pugh is an instructor in Innovation Services and manages MADLab: the Media MindSpace, a program that offers workshops created and taught by JMU peer students to help other JMU students learn multimedia skills and software. She teaches workshops customized to the faculty members' digital projects including in-class instruction and technical support on software and equipment for video and multimedia projects. She also designs instructional web and print materials for video and graphic design software and use of video and photographic equipment.

Deborah received her B.S. in Sociology, A.A.S. in Electronics Technology, and M.F.A. in Creative Writing. She has experience in teaching writing and literature at the university level and in training and development including the design and production of technical manuals and training curriculums. Before coming to James Madison University, Debbie worked in public high school, teaching photojournalism, photography, graphic design, video production, and English.

In addition to her work in Innovation Services, she continues to hone her craft as photographer and writer. She values quality photographs, quality digital processes, and composed, artistic techniques. Debbie has a passion for her own art and creativity and loves to share that.

Areas of Expertise

Areas of Expertise:

  • Video, audio, and graphic design software
  • Video production and equipment use
  • Digital assignment content creation
  • Instructional design and pedagogy
  • New and upcoming media
  • Best practices in media creation.

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Kirsten Mlodynia

Digitization Specialist
Email: helferkn@jmu.edu
Phone: 540-568-6801

I have been working in Carrier Library since 2010, when I started as a student desk assistant. I graduated from JMU with a B.A. in History in 2012 and then received my Master’s degree (also from JMU) in 2014. I currently work as a Digitization Specialist  in Innovation Services.

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Lisa Hartman

Innovation Services Desk Manager
Email: hartmase@jmu.edu
Phone: 540-568-3540

Areas of Expertise

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Billy Brett

Equipment Manager
Email: brettwe@jmu.edu
Phone: 540-568-3842

Areas of Expertise

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Erika Peterson

Director of Innovation Spaces & Services
Email: petersed@jmu.edu
Phone: 540-568-6770

Areas of Expertise

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Jenna F. Polk

Media Specialist
Email: friesjs@jmu.edu
Phone: 540-568-5558

I started my video production career at James Madison University, where I graduated with a degree in Media Arts and Design, concentrating in Digital Video & Cinema and a minor in Sports Communication.  During my junior and senior years, I served as a CIT student consultant.  After graduating I joined CIT as the Office Coordinator in May 2015, and in July 2016 I became a Media Specialist for Innovation Services. As a Media Specialist, I provide media-related support for faculty and staf as well as shoot and edit instructional videos for JMU faculty and staff.

Areas of Expertise

Skills:

Video Production

Post Production

Software:

Adobe Creative Suite CC, including: Adobe Photoshop CC, Adobe Premiere CC, Adobe Illustrator CC, and Adobe InDesign CC

iMovie

Final Cut Pro X

Camtasia Studio

Screenflow

Audacity

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James West

Director of Classroom Technology Services
Email: westjr@jmu.edu
Phone: 540-568-7382

Areas of Expertise

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Bobby Perkins

Instructional Equipment & Applications Specialist Sr.
Email: perkinbd@jmu.edu
Phone: 540-568-6799

Areas of Expertise

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Elaine R. Kaye M.S.Ed.

Instructional Designer
Email: robertef@jmu.edu
Phone: 540-568-4832

I'm an Instructional Designer who specializes in pedagogy, social learning technologies, and new media. My experience as a student, faculty member and staff has allowed me to have a unique perspective on the role of educational technology in Higher Ed. I'm work with colleagues and faculty to develop innovative immersive programs and workshops to share and explore the implementation of these tools, best practices and pedagogies. My passion lies in the development and growth of people, and this is why I truly enjoy the work I do here at CIT. Other areas of my research and interest include social media, digital literacy skills, digital assignments, collaboration and online tools - but of course these are always evolving!

When I'm not working or teaching you can usually find me in my garden, playing with my two pups or enjoying Valley life with my husband. 

Areas of Expertise

As an Instructional Technologist I design, facilitate, and coordinate immersive programs for faculty to explore and experience the best practices in our field. When I'm not facilitating I'm availble for Individual consultations. Some areas of expertise include

  • Instructional Design
  • Collaboration & Online Learning
  • Digital Assignments
  • Blended Learning
  • Flipped Classroom 
  • Canvas 
  • Social Media 
  • Other Web 2.0 Tools

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Jessica Weaver-Kenney

Head of Media Production Services
Email: weaverjb@jmu.edu
Phone: 540-568-4839

I have been working in video production since 2006. I graduated from James Madison University with a B.A. in Media Arts and Design, concentrating in Digital Video & Cinema, and a minor in Creative Writing. As a student at James Madison, I worked as videographer and Senior Video Producer for JMU Marketing. From 2012 to 2016, I worked in the Center for Instructional Technology as a Media Specialist, creating instructional media content for faculty and staff and training and supervising CIT student employees. In September 2016, my role changed to Head of Media Production Services. I now provide media-related support for JMU faculty and staff and manage video production projects in Media Production Services.
 

Areas of Expertise

Skills:

Video Production

Post Production

Software:

Adobe Creative Suite CC, including: Adobe Photoshop CC, After Effects CC, Adobe Premiere CC, and Adobe Illustrator CC

iMovie

Final Cut X

Camtasia Studio

Screenflow

Audacity

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Jackie Woolf

Senior Educational Technology Engineer
Email: woolfjk@jmu.edu
Phone: 540-568-6799

Areas of Expertise

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Olen Siron

Sr. Educational Technology Engineer
Email: sironoc@jmu.edu
Phone: 540-568-6799

Areas of Expertise

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Jeff Roadcap

Instructional Equipment & Applications Specialist Sr.
Email: roadcajd@jmu.edu
Phone: 540-568-7381

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Kevin Pitchford

Tech Application Engineer
Email: pitchfkb@jmu.edu
Phone: 540-568-6929

Areas of Expertise

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Doug Gimbert

Installation & Repair Technician Sr.
Email: gimberdm@jmu.edu
Phone: 540-568-6799

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Vince Drumheller

Classroom Technology Specialist
Email: drumhevm@jmu.edu
Phone: 540-568-6799

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Nicole Wilson, M.S.Ed.

Senior Instructional Designer
Email: wilso2rn@jmu.edu
Phone: 540-568-5922

I am an instructional designer who specializes in new media design and pedagogy. I regularly design and facilitate immersive programs that explore the integration of digital storytelling in the curriculum. I believe we all have a story to tell. The art of storytelling is important in higher education because it encourages students to reflect on and engage with the content, which leads to the students having a deeper understanding of the content. I encourage faculty to implement assignments that allow students to share their stories.  I also collaborate with faculty from many disciplines to build creative and innovative digital assignments into the flipped classroom. These assignments encompass multimedia, photoblogging, student magazines, mapping and podcasts, and digital exhibits. When I am not flipping the classroom, I am creating new stories hiking and biking in the beautiful mountains of the Shenandoah Valley, where I occasionally flip my bike.

Areas of Expertise

While I facilitate and design workshops for the CIT, I am also available for individualized consultations.  Some specific areas of expertise include:

  • digital storytelling
  • digital assignments
  • course design and re-design
  • academic program design
  • wordpress
  • digital literacy skills

Presentations & Publications

Beyond Blogging: WordPress as a Platform for Innovation - November 21, 2013

Sloan-C Annual International Conference

Orlando, FL

Presented by: Kevin Hegg, Seán McCarthy, Nicole Wilson

JMU faculty, from a variety of disciplines, are using WordPress as a platform for building innovative and imaginative web spaces to enhance teaching and scholarship.

Build Your Own Network: Innovating the Liberal Arts - June 19, 2014

New Media Consortium Summer Conference

Portland, Oregon

Presented by: Kevin Hegg, Seán McCarthy, Nicole Wilson

Advances in technology in higher education often arise from dedicated interdisciplinary centers on research-intensive campuses. Since such focused resources are often beyond the mission and budget of liberal arts institutions, how can we foster technology-driven innovation at teaching-focused universities? Building on our research at such a campus, we propose that a viable answer is to marshal already-existing resources to build a research network that connects students, faculty, and campus organizations. Central to the success of this network, we argue, is sustaining a small interdisciplinary research team that promotes adaptable social media technologies as classroom and research practices.

Developing JMU Faculty One Click at a Time - October 10, 2011

Turning Technologies User Conference

San Diego, CA

Presented by: Jamie Calcagno-Roach, Nicole Wilson

From zero participants in workshops to fifteen plus in book talks and faculty forums, as Instructional and Educational Technologists at James Madison University, we have found creative ways to reach faculty when it comes to clicker training.  House calls have become the preferred method to obtain one-on-one personalized “how-to” training instead of a workshop that broadly covers everything.  Providing opportunities for the faculty to collaborate and share is in high demand among clicker users.  The switch from the typical workshop environment to more innovative sessions has sparked more interest in faculty use of clickers and more collaboration within departments.  

Beyond Blogging: WordPress as a Platform for Innovation - October 15, 2013

OpenVA: Virginia’s Summit on Open and Digital Learning

University of Mary Washington

Presented by: Kevin Hegg, Seán McCarthy, Nicole Wilson

n this presentation, we will show how faculty are using WordPress as a platform for building innovative and engaging web applications to support their teaching and scholarship. We will cover a wide range of topics and technologies; such as podcasting, video sharing, digital storytelling, digital scholarship, public history, social networking, Google maps, mobile-friendly themes, content upload from mobile devices, student journals and fanzines, the flipped blog, co-authoring, peer review, and more. Our demonstrations will highlight a couple of emerging trends within the JMU community. Multimedia assignments delivered online with a shelf-life extending beyond the semester are becoming more common. Students are creating video and audio files and sharing these on easily discoverable web sites. Students are also creating exhibits of carefully curated artifacts. WordPress is a place where scholarship is expressed. Unexpectedly, WordPress has also become an object of learning, a class assignment. Students in disciplines like Public Relations and Technical Communication are learning to build their own WordPress sites.

Assessing Faculty Needs: A Mixed Methods Approach - October 29, 2012

Library Assessment Conference, Charlottesville, Virginia
October 29-31, 2012

Presented by: Andrea Adams, Nisa Bakkalbasi, Jamie Calcagno-Roach, Jason Kopp, Megan Rodgers, John Sessoms, Donna Sundre, Nicole Wilson

This paper reports on the usefulness of a mixed method research approach to gain an understanding of teaching needs of faculty related to Learning Management Systems (LMS). Instruction using a learning management system (LMS) is a growing practice at institutions of higher education and the technology needs that faculty have for online, blended and face-to-face environments are evolving. The purpose of this study is to investigate and determine faculty needs related to instructional technologies and specifically their needs for a LMS. In an attempt to consider multiple viewpoints, perspectives, and standpoints a mixed method needs assessment approach (that is, qualitative and quantitative methods) was employed.

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Kevin Hegg

Director of Digital Projects
Email: heggkj@jmu.edu
Phone: 540-568-6945

Areas of Expertise

Adobe AIR, Flash and Flex; Actionscript and Javascript; CSS; web application development; MDM Zinc; etc.

Presentations & Publications

Beyond Blogging: WordPress as a Platform for Innovation - October 15, 2013

OpenVA: Virginia’s Summit on Open and Digital Learning

University of Mary Washington

Presented by: Kevin Hegg, Seán McCarthy, Nicole Wilson

n this presentation, we will show how faculty are using WordPress as a platform for building innovative and engaging web applications to support their teaching and scholarship. We will cover a wide range of topics and technologies; such as podcasting, video sharing, digital storytelling, digital scholarship, public history, social networking, Google maps, mobile-friendly themes, content upload from mobile devices, student journals and fanzines, the flipped blog, co-authoring, peer review, and more. Our demonstrations will highlight a couple of emerging trends within the JMU community. Multimedia assignments delivered online with a shelf-life extending beyond the semester are becoming more common. Students are creating video and audio files and sharing these on easily discoverable web sites. Students are also creating exhibits of carefully curated artifacts. WordPress is a place where scholarship is expressed. Unexpectedly, WordPress has also become an object of learning, a class assignment. Students in disciplines like Public Relations and Technical Communication are learning to build their own WordPress sites.

Build Your Own Network: Innovating the Liberal Arts - June 19, 2014

New Media Consortium Summer Conference

Portland, Oregon

Presented by: Kevin Hegg, Seán McCarthy, Nicole Wilson

Advances in technology in higher education often arise from dedicated interdisciplinary centers on research-intensive campuses. Since such focused resources are often beyond the mission and budget of liberal arts institutions, how can we foster technology-driven innovation at teaching-focused universities? Building on our research at such a campus, we propose that a viable answer is to marshal already-existing resources to build a research network that connects students, faculty, and campus organizations. Central to the success of this network, we argue, is sustaining a small interdisciplinary research team that promotes adaptable social media technologies as classroom and research practices.

Visual Resource Association Annual Conference 2010 - March 19, 2010

Madison Digital Image Database Special Interest User Group, VRA Annual Conference, March 2010.
Kevin Hegg, Andreas Knab and Christina Updike

Beyond Blogging: WordPress as a Platform for Innovation - November 21, 2013

Sloan-C Annual International Conference

Orlando, FL

Presented by: Kevin Hegg, Seán McCarthy, Nicole Wilson

JMU faculty, from a variety of disciplines, are using WordPress as a platform for building innovative and imaginative web spaces to enhance teaching and scholarship.

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Jamie Calcagno-Roach

Head of Innovation Instruction
Email: calcagjm@jmu.edu
Phone: 540-568-6578

I began my adventure with the Center for Instructional Technology in June of 2008!  As a JMU Alumnus I earned my Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a Human Resource Development Minor in 2004 and a Master of Science in Education in Adult Education/Human Resource Development in 2006.  I truly enjoy working with JMU faculty as we navigate the world of Instructional Technology together!  My particular areas of interest include Classroom Collaboration and the the idea of using 3D printing to create an environment where students can learn by making. 

Areas of Expertise

In working with faculty I am available to provide assistance with Customized trainings for a department or group, student trainings for a class, or even meeting one-on-one for consultations.  My particular areas of expertise include but are not limited to:

  • Instructional Design
  • Classroom Response Systems "Clickers"
  • Classroom Technology
  • Canvas
  • 3D Printing

Presentations & Publications

Developing JMU Faculty One Click at a Time - October 10, 2011

Turning Technologies User Conference

San Diego, CA

Presented by: Jamie Calcagno-Roach, Nicole Wilson

From zero participants in workshops to fifteen plus in book talks and faculty forums, as Instructional and Educational Technologists at James Madison University, we have found creative ways to reach faculty when it comes to clicker training.  House calls have become the preferred method to obtain one-on-one personalized “how-to” training instead of a workshop that broadly covers everything.  Providing opportunities for the faculty to collaborate and share is in high demand among clicker users.  The switch from the typical workshop environment to more innovative sessions has sparked more interest in faculty use of clickers and more collaboration within departments.  

Clickers Exhibit - July 24, 2009

Presented by: Jamie Calcagno

February 27th, 2009 at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA

Jamie Calcagno, Educational Technology consultant, presented a poster session on Clickers, JMU's Classroom Performance System, at the 5th Annual Teaching & Learning with Technology conference at James Madison University. Jamie presented information on what is a Classroom Performance System, how they are being used in the classroom and some statistics on student perception of clickers at JMU. 

VRA Mid-Atlantic Engaging New Technologies - May 29, 2009

Presented by: Andrea Adams, Jamie Calcagno, Mary Ann Chappel, Sarah Cheverton
May 29, 2009 at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA
Presentation: http://sites.google.com/site/vramidatlantic

Andrea Adams, Assistant Director of Faculty Development, Jamie Calcagno, Educational Technology Consultant, Mary Ann Chappel, Educational Technologies Librarian, and Sarah Cheverton, CIT Director, facilitated a 6-hour work session for the VRA Mid-Atlantic Chapter Meeting Participants on Engaging in New Technologies.  The Theme was Speed Dating:  Matching you with the technology of your dreams. Participants worked with CIT technology matchmakers who organized group events to allow them to get better acquainted with social media tools in a safe, no pressure environment.  

JMU CIT Technology Demonstrations - February 27, 2009

Presented by: Joshua Mathews-Ailsworth, Jamie Calcagno, Bruce Matthias, D. Lee Beard, and Grover Saunders
February 27th, 2009 at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA

Joshua Mathews-Ailsworth, Educational Technology Consultant, Jamie Calcagno, Educational Technology Consultant, Bruce Matthias, Lead Learning Support Specialist, D. Lee Beard, Assistant Director of Media Services, and Grover Saunders, Web Media Design Engineer facilitated a session to spotlight innovative ways to use technologies to enhance courses at the 5th Annual Teaching & Learning with Technology Conference at James Madison University. Demonstrations included:
    * How to Embed and Use Google Applications in Blackboard (Including Calendar, Docs, Forms, Blogger & Picasa slideshow)
    * How to Quickly Add Video to Blackboard from a Flip Camera
    * JMUtube and other Online Video Resources
    * CIT Multimedia Services

Assessing Faculty Needs: A Mixed Methods Approach - October 29, 2012

Library Assessment Conference, Charlottesville, Virginia
October 29-31, 2012

Presented by: Andrea Adams, Nisa Bakkalbasi, Jamie Calcagno-Roach, Jason Kopp, Megan Rodgers, John Sessoms, Donna Sundre, Nicole Wilson

This paper reports on the usefulness of a mixed method research approach to gain an understanding of teaching needs of faculty related to Learning Management Systems (LMS). Instruction using a learning management system (LMS) is a growing practice at institutions of higher education and the technology needs that faculty have for online, blended and face-to-face environments are evolving. The purpose of this study is to investigate and determine faculty needs related to instructional technologies and specifically their needs for a LMS. In an attempt to consider multiple viewpoints, perspectives, and standpoints a mixed method needs assessment approach (that is, qualitative and quantitative methods) was employed.

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Craig Baugher

Technical Instructor
Email: baughecc@jmu.edu
Phone: 540-568-6046

Areas of Expertise

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Andrea Adams

Acting Associate Dean of LET
Email: adamsah@jmu.edu
Phone: 540-568-6568

Areas of Expertise

I have been in the educational field for over 14 years, including both K-12 and higher education. I graduated with a B.S. in Technology Education from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and earned a M.Ed in Educational Technology from James Madison University. I lead the faculty development team in planning, implementing and assessing faculty development opportunities to help the JMU community effectively integrate instructional technologies into teaching and learning.

Presentations & Publications

Assessing Faculty Needs: A Mixed Methods Approach - October 29, 2012

Library Assessment Conference, Charlottesville, Virginia
October 29-31, 2012

Presented by: Andrea Adams, Nisa Bakkalbasi, Jamie Calcagno-Roach, Jason Kopp, Megan Rodgers, John Sessoms, Donna Sundre, Nicole Wilson

This paper reports on the usefulness of a mixed method research approach to gain an understanding of teaching needs of faculty related to Learning Management Systems (LMS). Instruction using a learning management system (LMS) is a growing practice at institutions of higher education and the technology needs that faculty have for online, blended and face-to-face environments are evolving. The purpose of this study is to investigate and determine faculty needs related to instructional technologies and specifically their needs for a LMS. In an attempt to consider multiple viewpoints, perspectives, and standpoints a mixed method needs assessment approach (that is, qualitative and quantitative methods) was employed.

Assessing Impact: Developing Quality Online Courses - June 26, 2014

19th Annual SLOAN Consortium International Conference on Online Learning
November 20-22, 2013, Lake Buena Vista, Florida

Engage in an assessment cycle to measure learning outcomes for faculty in Institutes for Online Course Development. Read the Extended Abstract.

Supporting Instructional Design & Distance Education for Online Learning - June 26, 2014

ACCS 2013 Conference, Charlottesville, Virginia
March 13-15, 2013

Presented by: Andrea Adams, James Madison University & Rick Reo, George Mason University

Staff from two VA colleges will share their experiences, best practices and technologies for supporting online education at their schools. A goal of this session is to establish a community of instructional designers and other distance education administrative or technical staff for the purposes of sharing resources and discussing issues related to online course development, faculty training, and technical support.  A 15 minute Q&A is planned at the end of this session.

VRA Mid-Atlantic Engaging New Technologies - May 29, 2009

Presented by: Andrea Adams, Jamie Calcagno, Mary Ann Chappel, Sarah Cheverton
May 29, 2009 at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA
Presentation: http://sites.google.com/site/vramidatlantic

Andrea Adams, Assistant Director of Faculty Development, Jamie Calcagno, Educational Technology Consultant, Mary Ann Chappel, Educational Technologies Librarian, and Sarah Cheverton, CIT Director, facilitated a 6-hour work session for the VRA Mid-Atlantic Chapter Meeting Participants on Engaging in New Technologies.  The Theme was Speed Dating:  Matching you with the technology of your dreams. Participants worked with CIT technology matchmakers who organized group events to allow them to get better acquainted with social media tools in a safe, no pressure environment.  

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Grover Saunders

Head of Innovation Spaces
Email: saundebn@jmu.edu
Phone: 540-568-3572

I'm the one on the left.

Areas of Expertise

  1. Hardly sounds like he’s from Boston at all.
  2. Willing to be big spoon or little spoon.
  3. Has a terrific family recipe for brownies.
  4. Used to be able to do “the worm” kind of.
  5. Very reliable for giving rides to/ from the airport.
  6. Knows every word to Jay-Z’s “I Just Wanna Love You.”
  7. Can consistently make babies laugh.
  8. Demonstrates inordinate politeness in nearly every situation.
  9. Sleeps well on airplanes.
  10. Will split a pizza with almost any topping.
  11. Does reasonably accurate impressions of rappers Slick Rick, The Notorious B.I.G., and DMX.
  12. Not afraid of bugs.
  13. Is fine with movies with subtitles.
  14. Expertly quotes and recognizes dialogue from early seasons of The Simpsons.
  15. Can be around boobs without staring creepily at them.
  16. Proficient in air guitar, air bass, and air drums.
  17. Able to lift slightly more than you’d think.
  18. Gives sincere apologies.
  19. Owns a Nintendo Power Glove.
  20. Not too shabby at spelling.
  21. Will not make a scene when your grandmother says something mildly anti-Semitic.
  22. Gives thoughtful and creative birthday presents.
  23. Adept at talking self and others out of fights.
  24. Takes the morning shift driving on road trips.
  25. Admits he is wrong, sometimes when he is not even wrong.
  26. Is not racist.
  27. Talks about sports with enthusiasm and accuracy.
  28. Sits back seat middle if necessary.
  29. Participates in karaoke but does not force others to go out to karaoke.
  30. Dances when he has to.
  31. Does not freak out if you haven’t seen his favorite movie (The Big Lebowski).
  32. Will loan you books without freaking out if you have them for a while.
  33. Can read (but cannot understand) Hebrew.
  34. Is totally laid back if you spell his name wrong.
  35. Gives compliments when compliments are due.
  36. Able to stop chewing ice or whistling on request.
  37. Just picks the tomatoes off of a sandwich instead of requesting a whole new sandwich.
  38. Drives at a safe rate of speed in snow or rain.
  39. Knows who Michel Foucault is.
  40. Doesn’t get weirded out by the word “moist.”
  41. Comfortable in the outdoors for up to eight hours.
  42. Can prove he is a real man by drinking whiskey.
  43. Gives hugs with appropriate pressure and for the right length of time.
  44. Showers regularly.
  45. Is comfortable with jokes about his receding hairline.
  46. Will pet your cat even though he does not like your cat.
  47. Exhibits eagerness to visit any non-Holocaust museum.
  48. Burps minimally.
  49. Listens attentively to boring stories.
  50. Always up for dessert.

-via Josh Gondelman