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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!

Tech Test Kitchen: Hands-on help with new educational tools

by Ruth Gregory 25. March 2015 09:42

By: Richard Miller, Global Campus 

WSU Global Campus and the Provost’s Office are launching a new way for staff and faculty to try out the latest educational technologies in a supportive environment.

The Technology Test Kitchen starts March 25 with an open house and runs for five weeks in the AMS offices at Holland Library. Each week has a different focus, and will explore such tools as 3-D printers, Google Cardboard, cell-phone videos, lecture capture technologies, and quick-response systems.

“We don’t expect faculty to use these tools only because they’re very cool,” said Rebecca Van de Vord, associate director of the Global Campus. “We’re offering these options to create a meaningful difference in faculty’s ability to engage and inspire students.”

Each Monday is a brown bag session at Holland. Each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday will be workshops or presentations on specific tools, repeated at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Each Friday will be an open lab for exploring the technologies presented throughout the week.

More information is at elearning.wsu.edu/techtest, or select a link below for details on daily presentations and workshops. No registration is required, and all sessions are held in Holland Room 150. And be sure to check out the latest news on Twitter at #WSUTTK. 

Top of the page: The 3D printer at work creating new demonstration prototypes. Below: Emerging Technology & Multimedia Specialist Ruth Gregory demonstrates how to use the interactive presentation tool VoiceThread.

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