I joined Academic Technology Support Services (ATSS) in October, 2016. Collaborating with my ATSS colleagues, along with other Academic Technologists and Instructional Designers from across the UMN system, is one of the things I enjoy most about this job. Each month, a group of staff gathers for a meeting of the Academic Technology informal Community of Practice or AT iCoP. I’m thrilled to be involved in creating a space for the sharing of AT information as well as important discourse involving technology.
Currently, much of our work in ATSS is focused on the Canvas transition taking place at the UMN. I meet regularly with my college and departmental connections to discuss and plan project schedules, training, and new tools related to the transition. In addition, I co-teach, along with Lauren Marsh, a monthly Canvas Basics online workshop to help faculty, staff, and students get started in the new learning environment.
Before joining ATSS I worked at the UMN College of Pharmacy as an Academic Technologist. The College of Pharmacy is one college on two campuses, the Twin Cities and Duluth, and students from both campus sites take all of their core courses together in spaces linked by video technology. That experience taught me the importance of quality online meetings and the role of technology in bringing together remote groups for information sharing and collaboration. Prior to coming to the UMN-TC I worked at Augsburg University, a small private university in Minneapolis. Through my work there, I learned the importance of doing more with less and not throwing a fee-based or cost solution at every problem. I also learned about the importance of accessible colleges and the value of a diverse student population.
Prior to moving to Minnesota, I worked at the University of Iowa, College of Dentistry. It was there that I began to learn about the role academic technology and simulation experiences could play in professional education.
I graduated from the University of Iowa with a BA in Photojournalism and Visual Communication.