Working at the Penn State World Campus in a number of different roles since the year 2000 has given me a vast amount of experience in the field of Educational Technology. I have served as an IT Specialist, a Programmer/Analyst, and, most recently, as the Manager of Educational Technology. In my current position I oversee all technical aspects of the development and delivery of World Campus courses, and help to maintain the overall technology vision and strategic direction of the organization. The Educational Technology unit supports World Campus Learning Design with multimedia programming, audio/video production and delivery, accessibility and usability, investigation of emerging technology, and desktop support.
In addition to my work with the World Campus, I am also a PhD student in the university's resident Instructional Systems program. My research interests include the development of mobile applications for education on the iOS platform. More specifically I am interested in using a design-based research methodology to investigate how people might leverage mobile devices for teaching and learning (commonly referred to as m-learning) that is substantially different from how they utilize non-mobile technology. To this end I have developed a number of iPad applications for use in research, including a collaborative environment for communicating concepts that are not easily communicated via text (ie drawings or pictures) and a mobile video annotation application for digital ethnographers.