Technology Test Kitchen

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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.





Lone Star Preconvene (Exhibit Hall)



Wednesday, April 22   

1:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 23

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Friday, April 24    

9:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

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.  
April 22, 1:00pm
Augmented Reality Apps:  Using Aurasma and LessonPaths in the Classroom
Javier Leung (University of Missouri, USA)
April 22, 2:00pm
Tech Utensils and Smart GadgetsRobbie Melton (Tennessee Board of Regents, USA)
April 23, 9:40am
Poll It, Skitch It and Chomp It!
Robin F Blackman (Middle Tennessee State University, USA)
April 23, 11:10am
Don't Be Boring! Free Tools to
Create Social Presence in
Your Course
Ann Musgrove (Florida Atlantic University, USA)
April 23, 1:30pm
Just 3 Easy Steps! A "Spatula Session" for Flipped ClassroomsBen Scragg (Ohio State University, USA)
April 23, 2:30pm
Understanding Your Institution through the College NavigatorRob Mitchell (American Public University System, USA)
April 23, 3:30pm
Screencasting - One Tool a
Gazillion Uses
Ann Musgrove (Florida Atlantic University, USA)
April 24, 9:25am
Visual Literacy for Learning Apps
Cris Guenter (California State University, Chico, USA)
April 24, 10:40am
Using Tackk to Create and
Share Content

Jessica L. Knott (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: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":


Jessica Knott

Jessica Knott (Co-chair of TTK)

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.

Ben Scragg

Ben Scragg (Co-Chair of TTK)

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.

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.

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.

Angela Gunder

Angela Gunder

Angela Gunder is a 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

Tom Evans

Tom Evans

Tom Evans is an instructional designer and manager of the Digital Scholarship Research unit in the Office of Distance Education and eLearning at the Ohio State University. In this role, he oversees the open courses and grant programs offered through the office. Beyond oversight, Tom leads the design, development, and delivery of each Ohio State MOOC. He provides support for faculty development in the areas of instructional technology, online and hybrid course design, massive open online courses (MOOC) and other open education initiatives. Further, he often provides consults and leads workshops to support learning technology. Prior to Ohio State, Tom worked in the disciplines of instructional technology and faculty development at Widener University and the Community College of Baltimore County. His interests include the interplay of technology and education, playing keyboards, instrumental music, and games.

Patrice Prusko

Patrice Prusko

Dr. Patrice Torcivia Prusko works as production and support Lead for MOOCs, SPOCs and Digital Initiatives at Cornell University. She worked in Empire State College International Programs in Lebanon, Turkey, Panama, Prague and Dominican Republic. She’s frequently invited to speak about her experiences teaching in a blended learning environments in Latin America. Patrice holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering and MBA from Union College and a Ph.D. from University at Albany in Curriculum and Instruction.

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.

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.



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