About

Welcome!  I use this as a home base in the digital world, but you will find my footprints in a variety of places: Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, LinkedInGoogle+ a variety of open and closed collaboratives and learning communities, as well as a couple of blogs that I currently maintain: Etale.org (a blog dedicated to musings about life and learning in the digital age) and researchinlutheraneducation.com (an offering of thanks to an education system that has given so much to me over the years).

I am always interested in exploring new partnerships and possibilities when it comes to educational innovation! If you have a passion for creating, inspiring, and/or empowering high-impact digital age learning communities; then I would love to connect.

My creative, research and scholarship interests largely focus on the intersection of digital culture, innovation, and education.  More specifically, I am interested in educational entrepreneurship, learning outside of school, self-directed learning, project-based learning, gamification in learning environments, distance learning, self-blended learning, open learning, passion-based learning, social and ethical implications of technology in education, models and the philosophy of religious education, home-based multi-context education, socio-cultural and spiritual implications of digital culture, leadership in higher education, formal and informal online learning environments, disruptive innovation in education, cheating and deception in online environments, the history and implications of assessment & contemporary grading practices, digital literacy and the application of positive psychology in life and learning.

I currently serve as Assistant Vice President of Academics, Associate Professor of Education, and Director/Chair of the M.S. in Educational Design & Technology at Concordia University Wisconsin. I completed my undergraduate studies at CUW with a B.A. in education, history, and theology. I also have a M.A. in curriculum and instruction (Concordia University Chicago), a Master of Liberal Studies (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee), and an Ed.D. in instructional technology (Northern Illinois University) where I focused upon the social and ethical implications of technology in education.  I fully embrace the idea of lifelong learning and treasure the chance to study at diverse institutions, in varied disciplines and in different modalities.  Toward that end, I have studied at over 18 different Universities in twelve different disciplines.  If you are looking for me online, you are most likely to find me in a random MOOC, a Twitter chat. or trying to be an active digital citizen in a LinkedIn Group, Google+ Community, or some education blog.  Formal and informal learning is my hobby, and I am constantly enrolled in some sort of learning group, course, or online learning collaborative.

StrengthFinder Strengths – Input, Strategic, Ideation, Learner, Activator

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