Technology Test Kitchen

Blended TTK
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 Blended Learning Conference Technology Test Kitchen Recipe Book

2014 Blended Learning Conference Technology Test Kitchen Recipe Book



Plaza Foyer (Exhibit Hall)



Tuesday, July 7   

7:45am - 12:00pm

1:00pm - 6:30pm

Wednesday, July 8

9:00am - 12:10pm

Schedule of Featured
Come join us for our chef demonstrations. Hear from the experts, download the apps, and spend time with the chefs learning all about it.  
Tuesday, July 7
Fun with Google Glass and Other Streaming TechnologyJohn Vivolo
Sebastien Auguste
Tuesday, July 7
Nifty Tools for Adding Interaction to Course VideosPhylise Banner
Tuesday, July 7
Don't be Boring: Free Tools Create Social Presence in Your CourseAnn Musgrove
Wednesday, July 8
Tired of that Bland Diet: Add Zest to the Final Project!Loretta Driskel
Wednesday, July 8
Haiku Deck, Explain Everything, EducannonBen Scragg
Wednesday, July 8
Rocky Engagement? Spice Things up with These 5 FreebiesClark Shah-Nelson


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  Banner

Phylise Banner - Chair, 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.

Jessica Knott

Jess Knott - Co-Chair, Michigan State University

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.

Frank Tomsic

Frank Tomsic, 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.

Ann Musgrove

Ann Musgrove, Broward College

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.

Clark Shah-Nelson

Clark Shah-Nelson, 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.

Loretta Driskel

Loretta Driskel, Online Learning Consultant

With over ten years of experience in the fields of teaching and instructional design for higher education, Loretta’s passion has been creating engaging and diverse learning experiences for students and faculty, helping them to achieve their teaching and learning goals. Recently she realized that she enjoys helping ANYONE reach their goals, so as a result her skills in higher education and previous experience as an entrepreneur, morphed into a her new company, Mobile Tech Mentor - Your Computer Tutor. Mobile Tech Mentor provides custom, computer mentoring services personalized for a variety of tech users.

Ben Scragg

Ben Scragg, The Ohio State University

Ben Scragg is the Program Manager for the College Ready Ohio grant in the Office of Distance Education and eLearning at The Ohio State University. College Ready Ohio is a unique partnership at the intersection of online learning and K20 dual enrollment, dedicated to increasing early, affordable college access and to high school students and providing technological professional development for K12 educators. Ben has worked with educational technology as an instructional designer and as a learning specialist at OSU since 2007, and taught blended classes for student athletes on personal and career development through the College of Education Human Ecology and Student Athlete Support Services Office. Prior to his time in Columbus, Ben taught high school social studies with Chicago Public Schools. Ben has earned masters degrees in philosophy of education and business administration at The Ohio State University. His interests include educational philosophy, digital narrative learning, and the work of Frank Lloyd Wright.


"Sous Chef"

John Vivolo, NYU Poly 


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