In this long form interview, Gardner reflects on the meaning of personalized learning and the current hype cycle around the concept.
Gardner Campbell is Associate Professor of English at Virginia Commonwealth University, where for nearly three years he also served as Vice Provost for Learning Innovation and Student Success as well as Dean of the innovative 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 over two decades, including work at the University of San Diego and the University of Richmond. 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), was chair of the Electronic Campus of Virginia from 2006 to 2008, and has served on program committees for both EDUCAUSE and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative. From 2009-2012, Gardner was on the Board of Directors of the New Media Consortium (Vice-Chair, 2010-2011, Chair 2011-2012); he was re-elected in 2016 and will serve as chair for the 2017-2018 term. A past member of the ELI Advisory Board (2007-2011) and the Advisory Board of the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (2011-2013), Gardner currently serves on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy and the Journal of Information Fluency. He is also on the advisory board of the Doug Engelbart Institute.
Gardner is a life member of the Milton Society of America (Executive Committee, 2004-2007). He was secretary of the Literature/Film Association in 2006, and for six years 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 the annual meeting of Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia in 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, the Campus Technology 2012 Executive Summit, E-Learn 2012, SUNY-Buffalo, and many others in the US as well as Canada and Sweden. His essay on "Temptation" was recently published in the Cambridge Companion to Milton's "Paradise Lost" (Cambridge UP, 2014); his essay on "The Incarnate Sublime of Incarnate Immortality" is forthcoming from the same press. Other recent publications include scholarly articles on Milton's poetry and prose (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 networked learning, personal cyberinfrastructures, faculty development, and podcasting (EDUCAUSE Review), and an essay on information technologies in higher education (Change). In 2017, Gardner has published an encylopedia article on The Beatles as well as collaborated on an article for the AAC&U's Peer Review journal. You can read Gardner's blog, "Gardner Writes," at http://www.gardnercampbell.net/blog1, where you can also download his most recent CV. Find him on Twitter: @gardnercampbell.
The experience of building and participating within a digitally mediated network of discovery and collaboration is an increasingly necessary foundation for all other forms of experiential learning in a digital age.
Gardner Campbell, Director, Professional Development and Innovative Initiatives, Division of Learning Technologies, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University