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Rob Garfield

Instructional Technologist, Queens College Center for Teaching and Learning

Rob has over 10 years experience working in games/simulations, global learning and education technologies at Queens College, Columbia University, Full Sail University and in the game/simulation industry.

As a Course Director at Full Sail University, Rob taught in the thesis class of the Game Development program, evolving curricula for a new Bachelor of Science track as well as helping to transform the classroom into a professionally modeled “Gaming Studio” for the production of student games.

In his simulation production work, where he specialized in artificial intelligence programming and gameplay design, Rob was involved in the development of multi-user 3D environments for military training and experimentation. Some of his clients included DARPA and the West Point Military Academy.

At the Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning, Rob deepened his exploration of the educational possibilities of simulations and global collaborative technologies through his work on social science-based simulations for education and new models of distance learning on the Global scale. It was at Columbia that Rob also became an edTech generalist, developing dozens of pedagogical and technological interventions to target specific teaching and learning challenges.

Before taking the plunge into the worlds of education and real-time applications, Rob spent some years in publishing in New York for such diverse publications as Grand Street, Bomb and Spy as well as pursuing his own career as a poet, for which studying writing with Allen Ginsberg at Brooklyn College was a highlight. He "grew up" technologically as a tools developer and technical writer for Chase Manhattan Bank and Citibank in the mid to late 1990s.

How I can help

At Queens College, I am responsible for Qwriting, the college's blogging system, overseeing pedagogical support of Blackboard, supporting experiential learning and Google Apps for Education administration. This said, I am available to discuss any technical or pedagogical need you might have in your courses or outside them.

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