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
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.
Page last modified August 14, 2012