The authors discuss how to build and leverage peer networks: where to find people to include, how to establish common ground among a variety of IT disciplines in higher education, and how best to realize the unintended benefits of these relationships.
BiographyJennifer Sparrow is the Senior Director 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.
She was previously Senior Director of Networked Knowledge Ventures and Emerging Technologies at Virginia Tech. For more than 15 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 current projects involve 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.