If the pandemic had struck ten or twenty years ago, our ability to interact with students would be severely limited compared with the tools and technology we have today.
W. Gardner Campbell is an Associate Professor of English at Virginia Commonwealth University, where from 2013-2016 he also served as Vice Provost for Learning Innovation and Student Success and Dean of University College. Before coming to VCU, Gardner was Senior Director for Networked Innovation in the Division of Technology-Enhanced Learning & Online Strategies (TLOS) at Virginia Tech, where he also served as an Associate Professor of English. Prior to his appointment at Virginia Tech, Gardner was founding Director of the Academy for Teaching and Learning at Baylor University, as well as Associate Professor of Literature, Media, and Learning in the Honors College. Before coming to Baylor, he was Professor of English at the University of Mary Washington, where from 2003-2006 he also served as Assistant Vice-President for Teaching and Learning Technologies. He has been involved in teaching and learning technologies for nearly twenty-five years.
Gardner received his B.A. in English from Wake Forest University, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in English from the University of Virginia. He is a Fellow of the Frye Leadership Institute (2005). Gardner was on the Board of Directors of the New Media Consortium from 2009-2012 and 2016-2017 (Vice-Chair, 2010-2011, Chair 2011-2012 and 2017). He has also served on the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative Advisory Board (2007-2011) and the Advisory Board of the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (2011-2013).
Gardner is a life member of the Milton Society of America (Executive Committee, 2004-2007). For six years, he served as a contributing editor for Literature/Film Quarterly. He has presented at numerous national and international conferences on Renaissance literature, film, and teaching and learning technologies. Recent presentations include keynote or plenary presentations at IAnnotate 2019, the Online Learning Consortium Emerging Technologies conference, HERDSA 2015 (Melbourne, Australia), the AMICAL conference at John Cabot University in Rome, the annual meeting of the Directors of Educational Technology for the California Higher Education system (DET/CHE), the University of Santa Clara, Carleton College, Open Education 2012, Union College, Northhampton Community College, Boston College, and many others in the US as well as Canada and Sweden. His essay on “Temptation” appeared in 2014 in the Cambridge Companion to Milton’s “Paradise Lost.” Other publications include scholarly articles on Milton’s poetry and prose (Cambridge University Press, Milton Quarterly, Clemson University Press, Duquesne University Press, MLA Press), an essay in the curated print and online editions of “Hacking the Academy” (University of Michigan Press), an analysis of Orson Welles’ work in the 1944 film of “Jane Eyre” (Literature/Film Quarterly), separate essays on personal cyberinfrastructures, faculty development, and podcasting (EDUCAUSE Review), and an essay on information technologies in higher education (Change). You can read Gardner’s blog, “Gardner Writes,” at www.gardnercampbell.net
Have we reimagined higher education with the use of technology?
In this long form interview, Gardner reflects on the meaning of personalized learning and the current hype cycle around the concept.