Dave has been the director of the UAA Faculty Technology Center since 2012. As Director he dreams up new ways to design and deliver learning using a variety of new and innovative technologies. A lifelong conservationist, Dave previously worked for The Nature Conservancy where he designed, implemented and managed the Conservancy’s learning portals and online courses. In 2013 Dave completed his Ph.D. in Instructional Design and Technology from Virginia Tech, with a research focus on how online virtual technologies can enhance education. Dave is also married, has three brilliant children and a houseful of pets he wished lived elsewhere.He dreams of playing the banjo one day.
Presentations and Workshops
Assistant Director, Instructional Design
Heather Nash is Assistant Director of Instructional Design Services for UAA's Academic Innovations and eLearning group. She oversees service and process related to instructional design, from Quality Matters to one-on-one work with faculty developing and revising courses. Her primary goal in this role is to build and maintain a suite of structures and services that will contribute robust, exciting eLearning capacity for UAA. She has worked at UAA for nine years, first as regular faculty in Adult Education and later as Activity Director & eLearning Developer for a successful, $2M Title III Distance Education Access & Success grant for Kenai Peninsula College. Heather Nash is Assistant Director of Instructional Design Services for UAA’s Academic Innovations and eLearning group. She oversees service and process related to instructional design, from Quality Matters to one-on-one work with faculty developing and revising courses. Her primary goal in this role is to build and maintain a suite of structures and services that will contribute robust, exciting eLearning capacity for UAA. She has worked at UAA for nine years, first as regular faculty in Adult Education and later as Activity Director & eLearning Developer for a successful, $2M Title III Distance Education Access & Success grant for Kenai Peninsula College.
Assistant Director, Professional Development
Sarah is the Assistant Director at UAA Academic Innovations & eLearning, where she oversees professional development trainings for faculty and staff. In her current position, her main goal is to provide effective and engaging learning opportunities for the UAA community, that are available to everyone regardless of location, and that lend to successful student experiences. She has been an Instructional Designer for 6 years in the UA system, and has a background in multimedia and web design. Sarah's most recent research has been in digital badges and online communities. Since moving to Alaska in 2003, she has lived in Kodiak, Fairbanks and now Anchorage. Sarah has found a love for Alaska and feels tuned in to the needs of our rural student population. You can read more about her professional learning & presentations at progressed.commons.uaa.alaska.edu.
Eric Baldwin joined UAA’s Faculty Technology Center in Fall 2011 as the resident media technician. Predominately, that means he records, edits and prepares video materials for faculty use both on and offline. Realistically, it means he tries to assist anyone who walks in the door …especially if they have questions involving audio or video capturing or presentation. He brings 30 years of experience in commercial and corporate video production and audio engineering. And he often makes the coffee. Lots of coffee. EXPERTISE: Field video production; Live sound reinforcement; Studio sound recording; Various audio and video post-production mixing and editing tools; Analog/Digital conversion; DVD authoring; Media encoding; Web streaming. His interests are: Media, music, writing, sports, animals, family, food.
Eric is currently pursuing a degree in Journalism/Public Communication at UAA. As a member of the National Court Reporters Association, he was Alaska's only Certified Legal Video Specialist for a number of years and has been a featured speaker at Alaska Bar and Alaska Shorthand Reporters Association events. He has traveled extensively throughout Alaska for nearly 40 years recording thousands of interviews, depositions and demonstratives and provided both lay and expert testimony to the Alaska Court System. His mother is fond of saying, "My son's been in every jail in the state", though that isn't altogether true. What is true, is that Baldwin frequently boasts of being one of the 10 best one-handed drummers in Spenard!
Jeanette entered the Instructional Design world with a background in teaching, both as a high school math teacher and as an English instructor overseas. She believes that anyone and everyone should have open access to education and is therefore interested in open courses and learning communities. She is also excited by the possibilities of making learning more engaging and interactive through the use of emerging technologies. However, in her spare time she makes sure to unplug and enjoy the beautiful Alaskan outdoors.
Apple Certified Trainer
Lara, a life-long Alaskan, grew up in Kasilof, Alaska on her families homestead, and now lives in beautiful Eagle River, Alaska with her husband, two daughters and two giant rescued rottweiler pups. She began her UAA career in the early 90?s as a student in JPC, and after a few kids and direction changes has completed a B.A. in History, a Graduate Certificate in eLearning and an Interdisciplinary Master of Science in Instructional Design & Technology all from UAA. As a staff member, Lara was a student worker in Financial Aid moved to a staff position in eMedia, through the CBPP Student Information Office as a student advisor and has finally landed at UAA Faculty Technology Center. As an Instructional Technologist, Lara has become the face of UAA Blackboard & eLive for faculty, as well as, all web 2.0 apps you might need help with. For fun she runs, thinks about running and tries to run more, even though its always uphill when you run in Alaska.
Certified Blackboard Trainer
Melissa joined Academic Innovations & eLearning in May 2013. She
enjoys the process of discovery to arrive at creative solutions with
individual professors and at the department level. In addition, Melissa is one of two Quality Matters Coordinators for UAA. Melissa brings ten
years of experience from the education and the non-profit sectors to her
position. Previous employers include the American Board of Surgery,
Volunteers of America and the Anchorage School District. Areas of
interest include cultural considerations and digital storytelling. In
her free time she loves exploring Alaska with her dog Moki.
Degrees & Certificates:
(2013). Denali Award. Team Category. Anchorage School District.
(2014, April). Digital Storytelling with Free Mobile Applications. 7th Annual Emerging Technologies for Online Learning Symposium.
Bell, MD, Richard H.; Banker B., Melissa; Rhodes, MD, Robert S.; Beister, Thomas W., Lewis, MD, Frank R. (2007). Graduate Medical Education in Surgery in the United States. Surgical Clinics of North America.August 2007, Vol 87, Issue 4.
Wayne moved to Alaska and the FTC in early 2012. His background is in digital media, specifically video editing and digital imaging. Wayne holds a M.S. in Educational Media Design and Technology. He took on the challenge of graduate school and working in higher education after spending many years in broadcasting and commercial media production. Wayne is pursuing the goal to become a subject matter expert in distance education. While in graduate school he became fascinated with the use of virtual worlds and gamification in education. Wayne’s step daughter lives in Palmer with her husband and son and he first fell in love with Alaska when first visiting some eight years ago. Wayne and his wife currently reside in Eagle River with their two cats.
Distance Education Student Technician
Brittani moved to Alaska in 2005 and completed her Bachelor's of Arts in Math through UAA in 2011. She first started working with Distance Education in 2009 as a student worker and has since accepted a full time staff position with the university. Over the last few years, she has seen the growth and potential in the distance education field and is excited to see that growth continue in the UAA system.
John has been a graphic designer for the past 6 years. He is currently
completing his BA in graphic design and associates in health
services/paramedical technologies at UAA.
Paul joins the unit having previously served as the Director of eStudent Services for the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU). The focus of the position was to invent and deploy “e” tools to better serve students, staff, and faculty. While at MnSCU, Paul was responsible for the design, deployment, and operation of the largest e-portfolio effort of its kind in North America - eFolioMinnesotaTM . Prior to joining MnSCU, Paul served as Director for Education Technology Initiatives for the Minnesota Office of Technology where he managed education technology initiatives for Minnesota. In the late 80’s and early 90’s, Paul a number of positions within Minnesota’s labor exchange department including the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the Workforce Preparation Branch.
• 2012 eFolioMinnesota Ten Year Anniversary Award (presented by the eFolioMinnesota community and the University of Minnesota);
• Wasko, Paul. "Implementing a Statewide Electronic Portfolio Infrastructure." Encyclopedia of Distance Learning, Second Edition. IGI Global, 2009.
UAA Academic Innovations & eLearning
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