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Meet Nick Webster - Emerging Technology Specialist

by Ruth Gregory 25. March 2015 14:56

By: Nick Webster

In my new role at Washington State University as an Emerging Technology Specialist I will be helping faculty to incorporate technology into their teaching practice alongside Emerging Technology and Multimedia Specialist Ruth Gregory.  I'm excited to tackle asynchronous technologies after spending time working with instructors teaching in a face-to-face environment on the Pullman campus, and over Academic Media Services’ videoconferencing system throughout the state.  My current topics of interest include gamification in education, the facilitation of synchronous distance learning, as well as learning analytics and the ways they can propose interventions to keep students on track to success.

While I come from a background in Information Technology support, my focus has always been to help educators utilize technology to enhance their teaching.  I began my career at a Department of Defense institute in Honolulu in 2007, providing support to faculty and visiting international fellows.  While an undergraduate, I worked as a student technician for two different units: Instructional Technology Services at Leeward Community College in Pearl City, Hawaii, and Technology & Distance Programs at the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s College of Education.  After receiving my Bachelor of Arts in Communication I came to Washington State University in 2013, working first for the Enrollment Information Technology group, later moving to Academic Media Services, and now to the Global Campus.  

When I'm not working with technology I enjoy playing golf, tennis, and basketball. I am originally from Colorado and, thus, I am a die-hard fan of the Denver Broncos and you'll likely see me walking around campus with my bright blue and orange coffee tumbler.


I am thrilled to have the opportunity to be able to support faculty here at WSU. If you would like to talk about any ideas or needs you have for your course, I can be reached at nicholas.a.webster@wsu.edu, (509) 335-9453, on Twitter @nickwebsterwsu, or in my office next to the Technology Test Kitchen in Holland 150. I hope to meet you all soon, and in the meantime… Goooooooooooooooooooooo Cougs!

Faculty Led Workshops Explore Virtual Environments

by Ruth Gregory 25. November 2014 11:05

On October 27th the WSU Global Campus hosted instructors Adam Attwood and Ray Lee who presented about the positive effects virtual environments have had on student engagement in their courses.  

Lee (seen above), an instructor in Marine Biology, discussed his use of online streams and records of underwater explorations in his classes.  He pointed out that viewing marine life through your computer actual mimics the way that most oceanographers explore the sea since sending people into the highly pressurized depths of the ocean is not always possible.

Attwood, a doctoral candidate in the College of Education, has used the Google Art Project in various teaching environments to expose students to artwork that they might now otherwise be able to see in person.  Some of the pieces even allow viewers to get up to works in a way they cannot do in person.

You can now access video of the Virtual Environments Faculty Led Workshop on the Global Campus Faculty Led Workshops YouTube channel.

An announcement of this workshop was also in the WSU News.

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