Jonathan is a creative technologist who enjoys solving complex problems at the intersection of technology, education, business, and government by designing effective solutions. From simple apps to complex systems, movies to books, Jonathan prides himself on nurturing ideas into robust, well-designed solutions in an effective, collaborative, and respectful way.
He is a passionate educator who believes in sharing this knowledge so graduates are digitally literate, entrepreneurially savvy, and prepared to tackle the challenges of the current employment landscape. Jonathan has been at Ball State University for the past eight years first as Director of the Digital Corps and currently as Director of Emerging Technologies and Media Development. At Ball State, Jonathan has been a strong advocate of collaboration as emerging technology blurs many traditional academic boundaries and the reduced barriers to content distribution create new opportunities for faculty, staff, students, and professional partners.
He is a frequent contributor for news stories, a member of the State of Indiana Film and Media Task Force, 2015 Educause Review New Horizon’s Department Editor, and he is an award winning filmmaker, app developer, and educator. His honors include being named an Apple Distinguished Educator, Adobe Education Leader, Campus Technology Innovator, and “Tech Educator of the Year” for Indiana. He earned his BA in design from UCLA and his MFA in motion picture producing from USC. He is currently earning his Doctorate of Education from Lamar University Online. His first book, Be Employed When You Graduate, is available in paperback, Kindle, iBooks, iOS, and from booksellers everywhere.
Since we’ll be at UCLA, the best fun fact is that I had the privilege of interviewing Coach John Wooden when I was a student. I put together a video (as part of a series) for the UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame. Later, the video was used for the dedication of the Nell and John R. Wooden Court at Pauley Pavilion.
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I think we need to think about longer timelines. Much of what we do today has replaced the physical book experience with a digital book. But, that’s barely tapping into the potential of technology to keep every learner at his or her optimal challenge point. We’ve barely started to realize the potential.