THE SHOWCASE TEAM

Eric Kunnen


 

Eric Kunnen - Associate Director of eLearning and Emerging Technologies

Department: Information Technology
Office: 010 Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons
Phone: (616) 331-9171
Email: kunnene@gvsu.edu
Web: http://about.me/ekunnen/

B.S., Grand Valley State University
M.A., Grand Valley State University

Eric has a passion for, works to lead, support, and coordinate effective uses of technology in education.  He is on mission to advance teaching and learning through the integration of emerging and innovative instructional technologies.

How long have you worked in the showcase? Since August 2013

What are two of your favorite technologies in the showcase and why?

  • Double Robotics: This was the first technology we purchased in the showcase and because of that, it's still my favorite.  I also see potential with this technology as the ultimate telepresence tool.  Finally, it's basically a Segway for your iPad, and what isn't cool about a Segway?
  • HTC Vive: I'm not a gamer, but I do see the potential of virtual and augmented reality in education.  This technology has a lot of exciting uses in medical simulations, laboratory work, architecture, art, and so much more. Google Cardboard get's an honorable mention in the VR space also.

Nicole Fizell

Sam Krepel

Emerging Technology Specialist

Major/Minor: Undecided

Year in School: Freshman

How long have you worked in the showcase? Since January 2017

What are two of your favorite technologies in the showcase and why?

  • 3D printing: I think it’s amazing that technology has become so advanced that we’re able to print anything that we can think of. Being able to have this technology available for GVSU students and faculty is remarkable.
  • Aurora Nanoleaf Tiles: I love these tiles because they are LED ambient light, and they can be customized in dozens of ways. Since you get to decide what pattern to arrange them in and what color you want them to be, they can provide a very relaxing environment.

Megan Thomas

Megan Thomas

Emerging Technology Specialist

Major/Minor: Computer Science / Mathematics
Year in School: Junior

How long you’ve worked in the showcase? Since May 2017

What are your two favorite technologies in the showcase and why?

  • HTC Vive: The HTC Vive has to be one of my favorites because it allows you to step out of your reality and enter into a completely different.  It has so many uses from educational to gaming the possibilities are endless!
  • 3D Printer: Having 3D printers allows us to print almost anything that we could possibly think of. Students and faculty can both use the 3D printer for free and that gives them the opportunity to use a really amazing technology when ever they want.

Amari Rose-Walker

Amari Rose-Walker

Emerging Technology Specialist

Major/Minor: AD and PR

Year in School: Junior

How long have you worked in the showcase? Since October 2014

What are two of your favorite technologies in the showcase and why?

  • Double Robot: It was cool to in person have access to something I first saw on the TV show Community and to actually make that connection of a piece of technology so futuristic it was on television years ago and to see that it is right in front of me every day at work makes it one of my favorite in the showcase.
  • Myo: The connection to the movie Iron Man using the same general concept of the myo to control objects and the ability in our case to turn your hand into a computer mouse wirelessly is quite unique. 

Nathan Hull

Nathan Hull

Emerging Technology Specialist

Major/Minor: Computer Science and Pre-med
Year in School: Junior

How long you’ve worked in the showcase? Since September 2016

What are your two favorite technologies in the showcase and why?

  • Amazon Echo: Alexa is the most helpful assistant I've ever had in my 20 years. From playing Pandora to solving simple math to just telling me a joke, Alexa's had my back and I know she always will. The added functionality that comes from syncing up speakers, Amazon accounts for shopping, and even smart home tech like the Nest thermostat is just the cherry on top!
  • HTC Vive: I hate to be unoriginal, but the Vive is the coolest piece of technology I've used. Whenever I try to explain why people should come in to the tech showcase, I use the Vive as my prime example. However, I can usually only describe it as "indescribable," because that's what it is. The level of immersion is incredible, and everyone should take the opportunity to use it here for free, as they may not get the chance to use it affordably again for a few years.

Ron Rounsifer

Ron Rounsifer

Emerging Technology Specialist

Major/Minor: Computer Science and Mathematics
Year in school: Junior

How long you've worked at the showcase: September 2016

What are your two favorite technologies in the showcase and why?

  • Microsoft HoloLens: The potential uses for augmented reality in our society are rapidly increasing and I am excited to witness the advancements that are made in this field of technology over the coming years.
  • 3D Printing: I have only recently been introduced to 3D printing, but from what I have seen the versatility is unmatched. From knick-knacks to laptop holders or even phone cases, you have the ability to print off nearly anything that you could ever imagine and I cannot wait to see how this technology pans out.


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