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Fred’s primary role in the college is to help faculty and educators improve student learning through effective and creative use of technologies. He also applies his experience as a graphic designer and illustrator to help educators improve the effectiveness of their presentations, media, and other instructional materials. He offers regular workshops in the college, can be brought in to work with specific classes, and is available for individual consults with faculty and graduate students.
Fred has been supporting faculty use of technology since the era of physical slides and overhead projectors: working with religion faculty at the University of Michigan, art faculty in every discipline at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and faculty across all the colleges of the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Since arriving at UMass Amherst in 1998, he has supported faculty learning to build web sites, manage courses in (three) learning management systems, adapt to online teaching environments, incorporate collaborative student-centered tools, and embrace the potential of social media as a way to open classrooms to a world of different viewpoints.
Fred's cartoons and illustrations have been used in a variety of instructional materials, from an early Apple IIe reading game based on Alice in Wonderland, to “Parasites Unleashed”, a science-based card game published by Zygote Games. He posts ideas about education on Twitter @zinn_umass and images of hand painted Halloween art on Instagram @fczinn.