Oregon State University Open Source Labs
An internationally known Open Source advocate, Leslie Hawthorn brings more than 10 years experience in high tech project management, marketing and public relations to her role as Open Source Outreach Manager at Oregon State University's Open Source Lab. She also serves on the NSF/CPATH Steering Committee for the Humanitarian FOSS Project and the Editorial Board for the Open Source Business Resource.
Most recently, she has been honored with the 2010 OSCON Open Source Award and the 2010 National Center for Open Source in Education Award. Leslie previously worked as a Program Manager for Google’s Open Source Programs Office, where she was responsible for the company’s FOSS outreach efforts, most notably the Google Summer of Code program and Google Highly Open Participation contest (now known Google Code-in). You can follow her adventures on identi.ca (@lh) or Twitter (@lhawthorn) or read her personal blog athttp://hawthornlandings.org
MIT OpenCourse Ware: Senior Manager, User Experience
Kate James is the senior manager, user experience for MIT OpenCourseWare,MIT's initiative to publish the basic teaching materials for virtually all of its courses openly and freely online. James leads the production team,which is responsible for all technical, accessibility and usability aspects of OCW's publication process, including video production, CMS support and enhancements, site UI, and publication standards. She came to MIT in 2007.
Prior to this, James held web communications positions at Textron, Brown University and Smith College. Her M.A. (University of Massachusetts Amherst) and B.A. (Illinois State University) are in English (fiction writing).
UMass Online-Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Ken Udas, whose background includes a diverse set of executive management and teaching roles in Slovakia, Austria, Kazakhstan, Central Asia and New Zealand as well as in the US, became the Chief Executive Officer of UMassOnline in September, 2009.
Prior to UMassOnline, Dr. Udas was the Executive Director of Penn State World Campus where he led the development of the organization's vision with responsibility for prioritizing and resourcing initiatives, staffing plans, and capital and operational investments. His management of operations included educational technology, student services, academic advising, student retention, marketing, program development, faculty development, learning design and course development.
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Youlanda Michelle Gibbons completed her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in May 2003. A native of Georgia, she attended Mercer University in Macon earning a BA degree in English. During her graduate studies in Massachusetts, she earned masters degrees from Boston University and the University of Massachusetts Amherst in Psychology, Public Health, Education Policy and Sociology.
A professor of Sociology and Liberal Studies at Georgetown, Youlanda published her first book The Business of Diversity: A View from the Corporate Suite this past year with Cognella Academic Press and her current research activities focuses on professional women’s experiences in the workplace. At NASA Headquarters in Washington DC, Youlanda is a senior consultant serving in the areas of conflict resolution and diversity and inclusion management.
Open Learning Initiative
Norman Bier is the Associate Director of the Open Learning Initiative (OLI) at Carnegie Mellon University. OLI is dedicated to the development of freely available “stand-alone” college-level online courses and web-based learning environments informed by the best current research from the cognitive and learning sciences. OLI uses Prior to joining OLI, he was Director of Training and Development at iCarnegie Inc., a CMU subsidiary chartered to deliver software development education through international partnering institutions. Using technology and faculty support, iCarnegie reaches thousands of students who would not have had access to a CMU-level education. His principal responsibilities at iCarnegie included course, curricula and program development; faculty support and training; and business development. He has taught computer science courses as an adjunct faculty member at the Community College of Allegheny County and served as a founding committee member for the Robert E. Cook Honors College.
Director of the Imaging Center at Smith College
& Five Colleges Intellectual Property Policies for Shared Media Committee
Elisa Lanzi is a visual arts information specialist working with image archives, museums, and digital libraries. Her focus is digital practice and policy. As Director of the Imaging Center at Smith College she is involved in building digital repositories and implementing tools for teaching and learning. Her commitment to sharable metadata resulted in the Cataloging Cultural Objects: A Guide to Describing Works and their Images (CCO) project and publication.
Lanzi’s current interests are with preservation and copyright. She is chair of the Five Colleges Intellectual Property Policies for Shared Media Committee and she serves on the new Five Colleges Digital Preservation Task Force. Lanzi holds a Masters in Library Science from the University at Albany; her undergraduate work is in English and Art.
Co-Director and founder, UMass Amherst Open Source Laboratory
Charles M. Schweik is an Associate Professor in the Dept. of Environmental Conservation and the Center for Public Policy and Administration at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA (since 2006) and has been a faculty at UMass since 2001. He also is the Associate Director of the National Center for Digital Government at UMass Amherst (http://www.ncdg.org). He has a PhD in Public Policy from Indiana University, a Masters in Public Administration from Syracuse University, and has an undergraduate degree in Computer Science. A primary research interest is in the use and management of public information technology. For more than six years, between his undergraduate degree and his MPA, he was a programmer with IBM. His research focus is on environmental management and policy, public-sector information technology, and the intersection of those domains. Some of his past work was connecting GIS and remote sensing with social science methods to study landscape change (e.g., deforestation in Nepal). More recently, Schweik has completed a book manuscript (forthcoming, MIT Press) tentatively entitled Understanding Collaboration in the Internet Era: A Study of the Success and Abandonment of Open Source Software Commons that looks at collaborative principles in open source software projects. He teaches mostly in the area of information technology in the Environmental Conservation and Public Policy and Administration programs at UMass Amherst.
The Lightning Talks session will allow IT practitioners from around the Pioneer Valley to give a brief introduction to their projects. Presenters will follow up their talks with breakout discussions further exploring educational ramifications of their work and similar works produced by others.
The Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) is a consortium which collectively develops and maintains a standard for the representation of texts in digital form.
The Hampshire College DART (Design, Art, and Technology) Program fosters inventive explorations at the intersections of art, design, and technology.
Hidden-Tech, Inc. is dedicated to improving the economic prospects and quality of life for technology-enabled entrepreneurs, solopreneurs, and small business owners throughout Western Massachusetts and nearby regions.
Digital Humanities Initiative
'The Tube' Home Page
The Tube project (at Hampshire College) is a collaborative 10 minute
animated short based on the Sumerian Epic of Gilgamesh. We use Free/Open Source Software: Blender (3D animation), Helga (project management) and Python (automation and scripting) and many others.
Cathedral Builder Home Page
Cathedral Builder is computer-based platform designed to engage students directly in the formal, spatial and visual components of cathedral design and construction while accounting verbally for their particular design choices and the necessary implications of those choices.
The UMass Teaching Commons is a portal through which faculty may discover the rich set of support services our campus offers from areas such as Office of Faculty Development, the UMass Amherst Libraries, and OIT Academic Computing.