Sunday 2nd June, 2013
1:00pm to 4:30pm
This half-day workshop will provide participants a range of real-life story-based introductions to the rSmart/ANI Sakai CLE. The workshop has two parts: (1) an overview that includes functional and technical details; and (2) a hands-on, site design and construction workshop. Knowledgeable Sakai experts will demonstrate a range of possible course or project designs of past Teaching with Sakai Innovation Award winners, highlighting how the tools created and supported learning. Faculty, course designers, project managers, students, and technical staff will benefit from this workshop.
Sakai Functional Consultant
Jim Mezzanotte has been involved with Sakai for the last four years. At rSmart, he focuses on improving the Sakai user experience, providing user guidance for faculty and students as well as for Sakai administrators.
Tier 3 Support Manager
Brooke Biltimier has worked at rSmart for over 7 years and has been involved with the Sakai CLE since 2005. She has played many different roles at rSmart, varying from software engineer, Tier 3 Support Engineer, Case Operations Manager and most recently Tier 3 Support Manager and rSmart Sakai Product Manager. She has worked in troubleshooting and solving application issues. Most recently, she has started to work with Mike DeSimone and Kenny Aragon to work on troubleshooting server-side issues.
Academic Technology Consultant
Amber D. Marcu came into her line of work 15+ years ago. Her specialty is in the "adoption of innovations and change management," but she's best known for her presentations of (and research into) Sakai and Pedagogical Transitions. She also has publications in distance education and educational psychology. Hailing from California State University, Chico, she combined her skills in computer science, customer service, and instruction to pursue German internships overseas. Upon her return to the states, she enjoyed opportunities with Nor-Cal institutions and non-profit organizations. After securing degrees in English (B.A.), Technical Writing (Certificate), and Instructional Design and Technology (M.S.), she was accepted to Virginia Tech's Doctoral program in Instructional Design and Technology. At the same time, she enjoyed full-time employment with the Learning Technologies group under Dr. John Moore at Virginia Tech (VT). She was instrumental in facilitating the successful transition from Blackboard to Scholar (Sakai) through the use of communication, training, and support structures founded upon research produced by Rogers (2005) and George, Hall, Hord, and Stiegelbauer (2006). In 2012, she joined rSmart and the Kuali community. She currently resides in Peoria, IL with her husband and two dogs.
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