Matthew comes to Grand Valley with a PhD in Political Science and almost 10 years in the college classroom, as well as extensive experience in programming and web design. These two parts of his background give him a first-hand understanding of the importance of instructional technology.
Education and Experience
- Ph.D., University of Minnesota: Political Science
- B.A., Calvin College: Political Science and Philosophy
- Has taught at: the University of Minnesota, Calvin College, Aquinas College, Hope College, Kuyper College, and Grand Valley (2012-2013)
- Served as instructional technology staff at the University of Minnesota and Calvin College
- Certified as a Quality Matters Institutional Representative and in applying the Quality Matters rubric
Interests and Specialties
- The changing nature of education in light of technological progress
- The "flipped classroom"
- Mobile learning
- The cognitive and aesthetic aspects of presentations
James Zull is a professor of biology and biochemistry at Case Western Reserve University. His book on the neuroscience of learning should be required reading for all faculty.
This is the book that first introduced me to a better way to design presentations. While many others have picked up the "Anti-PowerPoint" mantle, for me Garr Reynolds is the authority. Anyone who presents anything needs to read his work.
There are a lot of blogs and news sources about instructional technology. This blog from InsideHigherEd provides consistently interesting stories that focus on trends and directions in the field, while maintaining a healthy dose of skepticism.
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