Date: March 21, 2013
Time: 4:00 - 5:00 Pm (ET)
A presentation that examines how universities, like Ball State University, use emerging technologies to enrich and expand the utility of course materials at scale by leveraging the inherent production flexibility of digital tools. The advantages of digital technologies when designing virtual participation, collaboration, and interaction will be discussed, as well as the pedagogical uses of un-assembling and re-assembling diverse sets of course materials.
Jo Ann M. Gora, PhD
Since Jo Ann Gora became Ball State's 14th president in August 2004, she has led the development and implementation of the university's Education Redefined strategic plan, the cornerstone of which is making immersive learning opportunities available to every Ball State student. In the eight years since President Gora’s arrival, Ball State has been in the midst of an unprecedented era of campus improvement, spending approximately $418 million on major construction and renovation projects. Additionally, she has led Ball State's sustainability efforts, including its geothermal district energy system, the largest of its kind in the country. Such efforts will eventually save Ball State $2 million a year while reducing its carbon footprint by nearly half. In 2009, President Gora earned the Mira Trailblazer Award from TechPoint for her significant and lasting contributions to technology innovation in Indiana. She is a member of the Association of Governing Boards’ Council of Presidents and is on the advisory committee of the Association’s executive search arm. President Gora is also a member of the American Council on Education's Board of Directors, chairs the Mid-American Conference Presidents' Council, and co-chairs the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership, where she previously chaired the governance committee.
John Fillwalk, MFA
He is an internationally recognized artist and practitioner of virtual and hybrid environments. He serves as the senior director of the Hybrid Design Technologies initiative [HDT] and as the director of the Institute for Digital Intermedia Arts [IDIA Lab} at Ball State University. HDT and IDIA Lab are virtual reality design studios exploring the intersections of art, science and technology. He is also a professor of art and an Intermedia artist. His artworks have been exhibited internationally in festivals, galleries and museums including SIGGRAPH, CYNETart, Synthése, 404 Festival, Dutch Design Week, Boston Cyberarts, Virtual Broad Art Museum, ISEA, ASCI, VIdéoformes, Indian Institute of Technology and the Beijing Science and Technology Museum.
Philip Repp, MFA
Philip Repp has worked in higher education for over thirty years, twenty of those years in administration. He has served as a department chairperson, associate dean, director, and associate vice president for information technology. Presently, he is vice president for information technology at Ball State University. Repp was a co-author for the $20 million iCommunication: The Media Initiative grant Ball State University received from the Lilly Endowment, and the $20 million follow-up grant titled, Digital Exchange, also from the Lilly Endowment. These grants laid the foundation for a number of innovative emerging media efforts by Information Technology. For example, the Hawaii-based Avatar Reality, gifted the virtual world technology of Blue Mars, valued at $10 million, to Ball State’s Hybrid Design Technologies unit to further its research in 3-D simulation and virtual worlds. Under Repp’s leadership, Hybrid Design Technologies was also invited by the Mellon Foundation to work with an international academic consortium consisting of King’s College, London; Trinity College, Dublin; UCLA and University of Virginia to develop a comprehensive platform for Digital Humanities use of game engines for the next generation teaching and learning spaces. His IT portfolio includes leading initiatives such as the institutional systems review and replacement, business continuity, IT governance, statewide network initiatives, and emerging media. Recently, he received two Campus Technology awards and an ACUTA award for outstanding enterprise innovation and IT leadership. Repp provided leadership in the implementation of new administrative systems for human resources, finance, payroll, and student information systems and the implementation of Office 365 including the migration of over 70,000 email accounts to the cloud. To improve the technology support at Ball State University, Repp created Unified Technology Support [UTS}. UTS is a technology rich gathering space that brings institutional support functions together with the university community in collaborative environment that encourages the use of emerging technologies and the development of learner centered content and tools. In addition, he lead the creation the Helen B. and Martin D. Schwartz Digital Complex in Bracken Library as an innovative, interactive learning, and teaching environment. His professional writing has been in leading journals, including LOOP: AIGA Journal of Interaction Design Education, Change, and Design Issues. His essay on teaching in a digital learning environment was reprinted in Looking Closer 2, edited by Michael Bierut. Mr. Repp received his bachelor’s degree from Bowling Green State University and his Masters from Michigan State University.
Linda Sweigart, MSN
Linda Sweigart teaches in physical assessment courses for baccalaureate students, on-line RN to BSN program and Master’s programs. She has taught at BSU School of Nursing for 8 years. During that time she has piloted several technologies including leading the transition to computer based tests and quizzes, use of mobile devices for student response, interactive classroom systems, and implementation of virtual environment simulations as well as the use of community volunteers in simulations. She was selected along with Dr. Hodson Carlton to represent Ball State University in the 2011 Health Information Technology Scholars program of the National League for Nurisng. National presentations have included poster presentations at INASCL and NLN Technology Conferences in 2010 and 2011 and a podium presentation of the HITS project in 2011 and 2012. Publication of work in the Second Life virtual environment has appeared in Computers, Informatics and Nursing and in Nurse Educator. Clinical background includes patient and community education, nursing administration, and several areas of acute and intensive care. She earned both her BSN and MSN from Indiana University and completed a post-graduate certificate as adult nurse practitioner through Ball State University.
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