Technology Test Kitchen



Atlantic Hall (Exhibit Hall)



Wednesday, October 29    

3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 30

9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Friday, October 31          

9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.



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.

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:Blended 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 blended 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 Featured Test Kitchen Master "Chefs":


Phylise Bamner

Phylise Banner

Ms. 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 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.

Clark Shah-Nelson

Clark Shah-Nelson

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

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.

Ann Musgrove

Dr. Ann Musgrove

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. She embraces the philosophy of pedagogy before technology. Ann currently teaches online at both the college and university level and has been teaching online for over 13 years. 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”. 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.

Laura Pasquini

Laura A. Pasquini

Laura A. Pasquini is a Lecturer with the Department of Learning Technologies at the University of North Texas. Laura holds a Ph.D. in Learning Technologies, an M.S. Ed in Elementary Teacher Education from Niagara University, NY, and an honors B.A. in History. Her professional experience in higher education include academic advising, tutoring services, supplemental instruction, career advising, campus activities, first year experience curriculum, orientation programs and residence life. Her research and teaching scholarship lies in the areas of open education, collaborative learning environments, and social engagement. Her dissertation analyzed social media guideline and policy documents from post-secondary education institutions (; and she has consulted with a number of professional organizations on optimizing social media for engagement, marketing, and communication strategies. Laura is a self-declared geek and a self-taught techie who has an enthusiasm for engaging peers in online collaborative learning. It is easy to follow along with Laura’s technology research and exploration as she is often found tweeting ( and blogging (

Renee Aitken

Renee Aitken

Renee Aitken started her career as a technical trainer for AT&T with a Bachelor’s in English from The Ohio State University. AT&T needed technical writers to build their courses in the new “modular” format using a special kind of paper and pencil to write courses. She became an expert in telecommunications and received a masters in Organizational Communication from Ohio State and a master’s degree in Telecommunication from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Dr. Aitken began working with online courses in the early 1990s and was encouraged by AT&T and then Lucent to investigate online learning in higher education. She started in higher education as an adjunct at Franklin University in Columbus, got hooked on teaching online and decided to earn a PhD to make a career change. While in the middle of my PhD program at Capella University, Lucent made an offer she couldn’t refuse, so Dr. Aitken retired and went to work for Franklin as an instructional designer. As an instructional designer, she learned about and keeps current with much of the technology available to enhance student learning.

Dr. Aitken left Franklin in 2005 to take a position at Ohio Dominican University as the director for the center for instructional technology and e-learning, where she was often involved in developing online courses from traditional courses. Dr. Aitken is an HLC PEAQ and AQIP Peer Reviewer and had done many distance learning approvals. She works with faculty to build better courses and has been involved in building online courses and teaching both students and faculty how to use technology to support learning. Dr. Aitken is currently an Assessment Director at Northcentral University and still teaches Communication courses both online and face to face.

Jessica Knott

Jessica Knott

Jessica Knott is an instructional designer and applied researcher for IT Services Teaching and Learning at Michigan State University. She helps faculty, staff, and academic programs effectively integrate technology into their teaching and research through consultations, demonstrations, workshops and hands-on development. She has worked in information technology since 1998, spanning the private and academic sectors, and her work has covered K-16 and adult learning. Jessica is ABD, completing her dissertation in the Higher, Adult and Lifelong Education program at Michigan State University, focusing on faculty learning and the far-reaching impact that the open Web and hyperlinks have in the field of teaching and learning. She holds a master’s degree in education, focused on K-16 leadership and educational technology. She is interested in the potential and pitfalls of the Web for learning, and has recently spent time exploring the Maker movement and the impact of exploration on how we learn.

Robbie K. Melton

Robbie K. Melton

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 eduction 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.

My Available Cooking Times are:

Rob Mitchell

Rob Mitchell

Rob Mitchell graduated with a Masters of Education from West Virginia University and has spent the last decade working in Higher Education. Rob began designing distance education courses at West Virginia and continued with his current university, American Public University System, which currently serves 110,000 students fully online. First as an Instructional Designer and currently as a Solutions Designer within the institutional research office, Rob fell in love with the power of visualization to help people better understand the stories hidden within our current wealth of data and information, and how those can stories can better inform our classroom design, communications and business practices.


Our Test Kitchen Sous "Chefs":


Caitlin Frano
Director of Distance Education
Northwestern University
 Michelle Franz
Director of eLearning
Howard Community College
Carol Johnson
Virtual School of Music
 Patrice Prusco
Instructional Designer
Cornell University
Tina Calandrino
Instructional Designer
University of Central Florida


This Technology Test Kitchen is made possible by the generous support of our National Titanium Sponsor

Bluehost /education