Four learning technology leaders discuss how they take care of themselves and avoid burnout during the pandemic.
Jennifer Sparrow is Senior Manager for Higher Ed Business Development at AWS. She was formerly the Deputy CIO and Associate Vice President for Teaching and Learning Technology (TLT) at Penn State. TLT works to help PSU faculty take advantage of information technology to enrich the educational experiences of their students and to champion the creative and innovative uses of technology for teaching, learning, and research. Prior to her work at PSU, she was Senior Director of Networked Knowledge Ventures and Emerging Technologies at Virginia Tech. For more than 20 years, she has championed the use of technology to engage students in the learning process. She has a passion for working with faculty to explore new technologies and their potential implementations in teaching and learning. She loves working with faculty who are willing to push the boundaries of the leading edge of technology in teaching, learning, and research. Her teaching and research projects included examining the convergence of technologies and learning spaces to create interactive and engaged learning opportunities. Jennifer's conversations around technology focuses on increasing digital fluency for students, faculty, and life-long learners. Jennifer received her bachelor's degree from Smith College, her master's degree from Florida Gulf Coast University, and doctorate from the University of Central Florida. Jennifer is the winner of the 2013 EDUCAUSE Rising Star Award.
The role of the senior academic technology officer (SATO) is crucial in higher education. Those in this emerging profession need to take action to further define the role, mentor future SATOs, and advocate for its importance.
How do we in higher education help students prepare for the future by becoming not only problem solvers but also problem creators?