Technology Test Kitchen

The Technology Test Kitchen is designed to provide you with hands-on learning experiences that will support your online teaching and learning efforts.

Designed as a Maker Space, each Test Kitchen station will feature expert “Chefs” who will guide you through hands-on exercises focused on practical applications of the technology featured at that station. You’ll have ample time to explore innovative ways to use what you have at your institution to support online learning.

BYOD! Bring your own device (laptop, tablet, smart phone) and visit the Technology Test Kitchen area to learn, explore, and share knowledge within a lab environment. Approaches will focus on both instructor and student applications, and include multiple platform and device applications.


2015 OLC International Conference Technology Test Kitchen Recipe Book (.pdf)



Atlantic Hall (Exhibit Hall)




Wednesday, October 14

12:00pm - 7:30pm

Thursday, October 15

9:00am - 12:00pm

1:30pm - 4:15pm

Friday, October 16

8:00am - 12:00pm


Schedule of
Come join us for our chef demonstrations. Hear from the experts, download the apps, and spend time with the chefs learning all about it.   
Wednesday, Oct 14       
11:45amApp Smashing With The Iron Chefs Ann Musgrove (Florida Atlantic University, USA)
Angela Gunder (University of Arizona, USA)
Dave Goodrich (Michigan State University, USA)
12:45pmAppetizers: EduGadgets and Smart Tools for Teaching, Learning, and Training Robbie Melton (Tennessee Board of Regents, USA)
Denise Malloy (Tennessee Board of Regents and Southwest Tennessee Community College, USA)
Tara Tansil-Gentry (University of Tennessee- Martin, USA)
2:45pmMain Dishes: EduGadgets and Smart Tools for Teaching, Learning, and Training Robbie Melton (Tennessee Board of Regents, USA)
Denise Malloy (Tennessee Board of Regents and Southwest Tennessee Community College, USA)
Tara Tansil-Gentry (University of Tennessee - Martin, USA)
3:45pmReady, Set, Cook - Leveraging Digital Storytelling Tools in the Online Classroom Phylise Banner (Union Graduate College, USA)
Thursday, Oct 15
9:15amDesserts: EduGadgets and Smart Tools for Teaching, Learning, and Training Robbie Melton (Tennessee Board of Regents, USA)
Denise Malloy (Tennessee Board of Regents and Southwest Tennessee Community College, USA)
Tara Tansil-Gentry (University of Tennessee- Martin, USA)
10:15amEasy Recipes for New Cooks Angela Gibson (American Public University System, USA)
1:30pmCreate A Stunning Spread By Telling Your Story In Your Voice Linda Algozzini (American Public University System, USA)
2:30pmSpice Up Student Engagement With These Five Freebies Clark Shah-Nelson (John Hopkins University, USA)
Friday, Oct 16
9:30amFun With Google Glass And Other Streaming Technology 

John Vivolo (New York University, USA)
Sebastien Auguste (NYU, USA)

10:45amCooking With Video Dean Dyer ( Jefferson Community College, USA)
11:45amRecipe Swap Ann Musgrove (Florida Atlantic University, USA)
Angela Gunder (University of Arizona, USA)
Dave Goodrich (Michigan State University, USA)


Our Featured Test Kitchen Stations:

Audio Technologies:Creating high quality audio on a budget can be challenging. Meet with the Top Chefs here to experiment with simple tools and technologies to boost your audio and video quality while keeping costs down.
Video Technologies:Creating high quality video on a budget can be challenging. Meet with the Top Chefs here to experiment with simple tools and technologies to boost your audio and video quality while keeping costs down.
Collaborative Technologies: Learning is social, and there are so many tools and technologies to use to engage our students in learning activities with each other. Join the Top Chefs here to experiment with new and existing applications that you can use for group projects and other collaborative activities.
Communication Technologies:Online learning effective practices encourage communication outside of the classroom. The Top Chefs here will show you the “nuts and bolts” of synchronous and asynchronous communication tools, and help you integrate well designed options into your online approach.
Presentation Technologies:Presenting content online is a key component of blended learning. Top Chefs here will share their recipes for creating engaging learning content with new and existing tools and technologies.
Mobile App Technologies:The Top Chef will showcase the latest innovations in educational and workforce mobile app and emerging technologies including mobile accessories and the top BYOD mobile devices for teaching and learning (Apple, Android, Windows, BlackBerry, Google, and Wearable Technology.)
Data Related Technologies:We are all surrounded by data and often asked to make sense of it. The Top Chefs here will show you how to explore, analyze, and communicate different types of data that you have on hand to better guide student learning outcomes and institutional goals.


Our Test Kitchen Master "Chefs":

Ann Musgrove

Dr. Ann Musgrove – Chair and Head Chef, Florida Atlantic University

Ann is an Assistant Professor of Instructional Technology in the Department of Teaching and Learning at Florida Atlantic University. She teaches undergraduate and graduate course online and F2F.

She embraces the philosophy of pedagogy before technology.

She has a Certification in Online Learning from the Online Learning Consortium and develops and facilitates workshops including Multimodal Design, Exploring Interactive Videos Tools, New to Online – Introduction to Online Tools, and Converting your Course Content. Dr. Ann Musgrove enjoys working with faculty and administrative teams to create, administer and deliver meaningful and flexible learning environments. She develops and creates curriculum for faculty transitioning to online and blended courses.
Ann has developed 2 courses that have been nationally recognized by Quality Matters (QM). She has extensive QM experience serving as an Institution Representative, Active Peer Reviewer in Higher Education, K-12, and Continuing Education, and is an online facilitator for the QM foundation course “Applying the Quality Matters Rubric”.

Angela Gunder

Angela Gunder – Co-Chair and Master Chef, The University of Arizona

Angela Gunder is Senior Instructional Designer for the Office of Digital Learning at The University of Arizona. Working on the web, in print and for the classroom, she brings to the table over fifteen years of design experience with a focus on emerging technology for student engagement. Her career as a designer for higher education has centered on usability and open access for all learners, as well as standards-based technology for second-language acquisition. Prior to instructional design, Angela served as the webmaster for The City College of New York and Barrett, The Honors College at Arizona State University, and Northern Virginia Community College’s Alexandria Campus. Angela holds an M.Ed. in Education Technology from Arizona State University and a B.S. in Computer Science and Fine Art from Fordham University. She is an Associate Editor for the Teacher Education Board of MERLOT, leveraging the quality open resources curated on the site in her teaching and work as a faculty developer. A voracious, lifelong learner, Angela is passionate about developing cutting-edge learning experiences that support innovation and creativity for any discipline, across any channel or medium. You can follow her tech adventures on her blog at

Phylise Banner

Phylise Banner – Master Chef, Union Graduate College

Phylise Banner is the Director of Online Teaching and Learning at Union Graduate College, where she is working to expand online offerings through a mindful institution-wide approach to program, course, and faculty development in alignment with teaching and learning effective practices and the Community of Inquiry framework.

She has been working in the field of online teaching and learning since 1997, planning, designing, developing, and delivering online courses, programs, and faculty development initiatives. As an online learning evangelist, she actively seeks out opportunities to experiment with emerging technologies in order to best serve faculty and students, and to create communities of lifelong learners.

She is featured regularly at regional, national and international conferences, speaking on the topics of online teaching and learning, faculty development, instructional strategy, experience design, social media, information visualization and GIS technologies. She also teaches Digital Storytelling online for SUNY Polytechnic Institute, and in person for the Academy for Lifelong Learning at Empire State College.

She is an Adobe Education Leader, STC Fellow, performance storyteller, avid angler, aviation enthusiast, and currently training to be a private pilot. She is also the proud owner of a 1967 Amphicar.

Robbie Melton

Dr. Robbie K. Melton – Master Chef, Associate Vice Chancellor of Mobilization Emerging Technology, Tennessee Board of Regents

The first proclaimed 'App-ologist' (the study of mobile apps for education and workforce enhancement). She currently serves as the associate vice chancellor for the Tennessee Board of Regents Office of Mobilization and Emerging Technologies. Chief responsibilities include strategic planning for higher education mobilization, assessment of emerging mobile technologies including smartphones, tablets, wearable, sensor tech, faculty PD and training, and creator and curator of the Educational and Workforce Mobile App Resource Center (Preschool - Careers) of apps aligned to academic programs and workforce careers. Speaker at the 2014 The United Nations Mobile Education Conference (UNESCO) in Paris, Panel Keynoter at the Mobile Learning International Conference, Madrid, Spain, 2013 Apple Distinguished Educator, 2012 Top Fifty Technology Innovation Educator from the Center for Digital Education and Converge, 2012 International ELES4-Africa Educator Technologist, WCET WOW Education Technology Award.

Clark Shah-Nelson

Clark Shah-Nelson – Master Chef, The Johns Hopkins University

Since 1993, I have developed, designed, taught, coordinated and managed distance, online and blended learning programs. I am currently Senior Instructional Designer, Team Lead with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore. Some past international projects include faculty development at the University of Ghana School of Public Health in blended and online learning technologies and techniques, and facilitating blended learning with the SUNY Online International Learning (COIL) Center with the European Humanities University in Vilnius, Lithuania. Recently published chapter: "Synchronous Tools in Support of Teaching and Learning." Learning Management Systems and Instructional Design: Best Practices in Online Education. 2013. Past awards include a 2010 OLC Effective Practices Award; a 2006 Excellence in Online Teaching award; and my German learning videos from were one of the top 100 People's Choice Video Podcasts from Apple's iTunes. Aside from fostering rich learning environments, I love biking with my family, dub reggae, rock steady and minimal ambient music, brewing beer, snowboarding, raising hens and lunchtime yoga.

Frank Tomsic

Frank Tomsic – Master Chef, Rush University

Frank is the Director of the McCormick Educational Technology Center at Rush University. He was the founding Director of Online Teaching and Learning at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, as well as the founding Director of Distance Education at Northwestern University School of Continuing Studies. A former teacher and corporate trainer, he earned his B.A. in teaching from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he studied language acquisition theory. He earned his M.S. in computing technology in education from Nova-Southeastern University where he focused on online learning environments. He also previously directed technology programs in both corporate and education environments, and is an active member of the Online Learning Consortium, iNACOL, and the eLearning Guild.

Dave Goodrich

Dave Goodrich – Master Chef, Michigan State University

Dave began as an Instructional Designer in the Office of Academic Technology at Spring Arbor University where he was elected the Faculty Representative for the Staff-Administration Personnel Association. For the past decade he has done instructional design work for Jackson College, Michigan Virtual University and is a full time instructional designer at Michigan State University.

Before going into the field of instructional design Dave was a high school science and physical education teacher. He has a masters degree in education specializing in instructional design for online learning through Capella University. Dave joined Michigan State University as an instructional designer in 2012. He works with instructors developing new courses, redesigning existing courses, and consultations for e-learning projects. He also enjoys helping design and facilitate faculty development programs and being a guest instructor for the Masters of Arts in Educational Technology program in the College of Education.

Dave is a musician, photographer, and likes being active outdoors in his spare time. He and his wife live in Jackson, Michigan where they raise their three boys.

Connect with Dave on Twitter, Google+, or Facebook!

Dean DyerDean Dyer – Master Chef, Jefferson Community College

Loves all things educational and/or techie.

I have a background in teaching from high school to grad school. If it's a gadget, I want to have it or at least play with it for a while. These two loves have combined for me in the field of instructional design and technology.

I currently work with faculty, training and supporting them in their teaching. While my main focus is online teaching and learning, I'll work with faculty all the way down to using a chalkboard. Occasionally, I even get to talk to them about teaching without there being a problem with some technology (tools) first.

Specialties: distance (online) learning
systemic change
qualitative inquiry
Denise Malloy

Denise Malloy -  Master Chef, Southwest Community College

Denise Malloy is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Southwest Tennessee Community College in Memphis, TN. She assists Associate Vice Chancellor of Mobilization & Emerging Technologies, Dr. Robbie Melton, Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR), as a faculty trainer, researcher, and pilots consultant. She is her campus’s TBR Mobilization & Emerging Technologies liaison, campus app distributor and faculty eMobilization mentor. She is a member of TBR’s eMobilization Executive Committee and Merlot team. And, she is a member of her college’s mobilization strategic planning team.

She evaluates mobile devices, apps, and web technologies for educational use. In addition to her listed roles, she is pursuing a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis at East Tennessee State University. She has 19 years of undergraduate teaching experience, has presented at regional, national and international conferences and looks forward to serving a leadership role, blending mobile and emerging technology with education.

Tara Tansil-Gentry

Tara Tansil-Gentry - Master Chef, University of Tennessee at Martin

Tara is an Instructor in the Health & Human Performance Department at the University of Tennessee at the Martin campus, where she also serves as peer-to-peer trainer for faculty introducing technology in the classroom through the Instructional Technology Center. She is completely her doctorate degree in Educational Technology.

Tara also serves under the direction of Dr. Robbie Melton is a member of the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) Mobilization and Emerging Technologies Team representing the University of Tennessee System campuses. The TBR Mobilization Team explores the impact, possibilities, and challenges of emerging technologies for increasing enrollment, retention, engagement, and graduate rates. Tara serves as a trainer, researcher, and pilots consultant in the area of fitness, health & wellness area for the TBR Mobilization Team. She reviews apps, devices, and wearable technology that impacts the fitness, health & wellness areas. Tara is a former Division I women’s basketball coach who brings 13 years of college coaching experience. She enjoys testing new technologies that have the potential to impact the classroom experience.

Angela Gibson

Dr. Angela Gibson – Guest Sous Chef, American Public University System

Dr. Angela M. Gibson has served in higher education as faculty and staff in academics and student affairs. She has taught face to face, blended, and fully online at various institutions including community colleges, Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs), state universities, and for-profit institutions teaching undergraduate and graduate courses. She has been published in various peer reviewed journals such as the Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks, Community College of Research and Practice, and Issues in Educational Research. She is active in national education associations performing in roles as reviewer, chair, discussant, and mentor. Additionally, she serves as a reviewer for education journals. Dr. Gibson serves with the rank of Professor for the School of Arts and Humanities at American Public University System. Additionally, she serves as a facilitator for the Online Learning Consortium workshops and as a facilitator and a mentor for the OLC Online Teaching Certificate Program. Dr. Gibson received a Masters of Arts in Human Performance Systems, with a Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design, from Marymount University and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership, with concentrations in Adult Education and Community College Education, from Texas A & M University – Kingsville. Additionally, Dr. Gibson volunteers as an informal STEM educator creating learning opportunities at schools and with community organizations as well as providing social media outreach for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). She is a recipient of the Online Learning Consortium (formerly Sloan Consortium) 2014 Effective Practice Award.
Linda Algozzini

Linda Algozzini – Guest Sous Chef, American Public University System

University Faculty Director and Instructor. Thirty three years as an educator with a strong curriculum, instruction, program design, school reform and management background. I have worked in six districts across five states and been enmeshed in special education law since Public Law 94-142's inception.
-Teacher Leader and Trainer
-Trained principals and administrative leaders
-Coordinator of Secondary Services for Secondary Teachers Students with Disabilities
-School Design and Implementation
-Higher Education
-Continue COI (Community of Inquiry) professional development

Specialties: Higher Education, Instruction, Professional Development for Teachers and Administrators, Special Education evaluations, programming, and School Design for implementation of Special Education Services

November, 2013 Completed the Sloan C Teaching Certificate (Course Design and Instructional Delivery) with a Specialization in Online Tools

John Vivolo

John Vivolo– Guest Sous Chef, Director of Online and Virtual Learning at New York University

John Vivolo is the Director of Online and Virtual Learning for New York University. John partners with faculty to devise a set of pedagogical and technical practices often known as "Best Practices for Online Learning." Working to create a rich and interactive learning experience, John also researches new methods and technologies to incorporate into online learning.
For over seven years, John taught both fully online and blended learning courses. In addition, John has hosted numerous faculty seminars and workshops in online learning. During this time, he has trained faculty in both the eLearning technology as well as how to effectively implement these technologies into online courses. John has a Master's in English from the City University of New York.

Sebastien Auguste

Sebastien Auguste - Guest Sous Chef, Manager of Online Learning at NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering

Sebastien Auguste is the Manager of Online Learning at NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering. Sebastien works in the Online Learning division managing the Live Virtual Learning (LVL) program and team, responsible for day-to-day operations, and instructional design course development with faculty. He works closely with faculty regarding pedagogy and new technology in their online programs.

Before Sebastien’s current role with NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering, he worked at John Jay College of Criminal Justice’s online program. He began as a video editor and camera specialist and then branched into other areas of online learning. He worked with the Math department making content accessible to students online. He also worked with Blackboard and online course set up.

Sebastien interned with the Information Technology Department at the Division of Human Rights. He has helped with the creation of policies for computer use in the agency and audited the computer security review that is presented to the state. He’s also worked with the leadership team to implement Homeland Security security measures throughout the agency. The work here helped build his understanding of both the technical side as well as the administrative side of any organization.



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