Eric is the Associate Director of eLearning and Emerging Technologies (formerly Emerging Technologies Coordinator) at Grand Valley State University (GVSU) in Allendale, Michigan. His primary role focuses on collaborating and supporting distance learning initiatives at the university while exploring future trends in emerging technologies in teaching and learning. He also collaborates to research and support academic technologies used in the classroom and in eLearning.
Previously, Eric was the Director of Distance Learning and Instructional Technologies at Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His primary role at GRCC focused on providing leadership, support, and coordination of instructional technologies, classroom multimedia, distance learning, Blackboard (Bb), and emerging technologies for teaching and learning. He also supported faculty professional development around the application of technology in education.
Eric has had experience using Bb since 1999 and Eric and has been involved in system administration, project management for upgrades, faculty training, and end user support. Eric is a frequent participant on listservs, an "Ask the Doctors" moderator, is involved in beta testing and the Product Development Partnership Program, and is a member of the Bb Steering Committee.
He also has experience in many instructional technology initiatives including: iTunes U, online and hybrid course support, mobile computing, and other projects. He was also a member of the EDUCAUSE Advisory Committee on Teaching and Learning.
Eric delivers presentations and attends several conferences, reads journals, and is involved in research projects related to technology and it's use in teaching. Eric works to disseminate this information to faculty and other groups on campus through demonstrations, meetings, his blog, Twitter, and other social media.
"Specifically, Eric has a passion for, and works to lead, support, and coordinate the effective uses of technology in teaching and learning."
Eric has a background in teaching Computer Science and Biology at the secondary level and a Master of Arts in Education with an emphasis in Educational Technology.
For more information about Eric, check out his about.me page, Curriculum Vitae and connect with him on LinkedIn. He also is active on Twitter and other social networks, including many academic technology based listservs.