Our Instructional Technology Team

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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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Jean Kelly

Instructional Technologist, Queens College Center for Teaching & Learning

I have an MLS from the Graduate School of Library and Information Studies at Queens College. My educational background also includes studio art and art therapy. Before studying and working at Queens College, I worked primarily as a graphic designer.

My work at the Center for Teaching & Learning includes promoting the development of hybrid and online courses through a variety of technologies. I've contributed to a pilot program in inter-campus course offering using Adobe Connect; the CUNY Hybrid Initiative; and the Center for Teaching & Learning Tech Tips.

How I can help

I strive to inspire confidence in individuals who are nervous about using educational technology. Talk to me about using Blackboard Collaborate or Google Hangouts on Air to flip your classroom. I can also help you explore Google Apps for Education.

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Rachel Lockerman

Instructional Technologist, Queens College Center for Teaching and Learning

I have been in the Instructional Technology field for over 4 years, focusing on ePortfolios and Google Apps for Education. My academic background was in Psychology and Political Science here at Queens College.

I manage an Instructional Technology team comprised of undergraduate and graduate student technology mentors who assist me on our various instructional projects and initiatives. I collaborate with faculty members to enhance their teaching with technology through workshops and consultations. I research and develop tools to meet faculty needs, train the users, and provide continuing support. Creativity is essential to this process since proprietary tools don’t always meet the unique needs of our faculty. In these instances, I build new tools customized to their needs or work with existing programs to meet their needs. One such example is my team’s work developing a system within Google Apps for individual and department-wide assessment for the Graduate Library School. My colleagues and I assess the efficacy of these programs using quantitative and qualitative means.

I thrive in the Queens CTL’s collaborative environment; I enjoy working with others to improve and grow our understanding of pedagogy. I strive to improve and enhance the scholarship of my institution through implementing the most effective pedagogies. Instructional Technology stokes my passion for research and hands on technology implementation.

Please feel free to contact me for anything related to enhancing your course with Google Tools or Course Evaluations.

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