Cassie Scharber

Cassie Scharber, PhD

Co-Project Investigator; Assistant Professor, Learning Technologies; Co-Director, LT Media Lab

Hometown: Minneapolis, MN, USA

Professional Life: Cassie Scharber is an assistant professor of Learning Technologies and Co-Director of the Learning Technologies Media Lab at the University of Minnesota. Her research explores the nexus of literacy, power, and technology and the possibilities technology offers in aiding the transformation of teaching and learning. Cassie is currently the co-editor of the Digital Literacies column for the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacies. She is also a co-investigator of a research project called DigMe (www.digitalmediastudies.org) that focuses on understanding at‐risk adolescents’ engagement within a project-based, technology-rich program at a local urban high school.

What is education to you?
For me, education is literacy. In the words of Paulo Freire, a person needs to be “able to read the word and the world.” I prefer to define literacy within a New Literacies perspective and believe that education, as well as literacy, is contextual, cultural, and constantly changing.

Additional links:
www.cehd.umn.edu/ci/faculty/Scharber.html


Justin Evidon

Justin Evidon

Field Media Specialist, LT Media Lab

Hometown: Hamburg, Germany and Minneapolis, MN

Professional Life: Justin Evidon is the photographer, videographer and media relations representative for the LT Media Lab at the University of Minnesota. An American citizen born in Germany, he attended the International School of Hamburg until 1998, when he returned to the US with his family and subsequently began his studies at the University of Minnesota in 2001. Completing a degree in German Studies in 2006, he remained on campus as an employee in various roles, including IT professional and photographer. His experience in outdoor adventure, wedding, sport and commercial photography have all provided important lessons that inform his current work, and his IT background provides him with the skills to be able to disseminate his work from the studio, street or backcountry.

What is education to you?
Education is the cornerstone of life. Through education we are able to better communicate with others, and improve our understanding of the world we live in.

Additional links:
www.justinevidon.com

Brad Hosack

Brad Hosack

New Media Developer, LT Media Lab

Hometown: Lafayette, IN, USA

Professional Life: Brad Hosack is an award-winning designer with over 14 years of experience in the field. Brad is currently leading the entire design and development effort for the Earthducation project. He works full time in the Learning Technologies Media Lab as the Lead New Media Developer, responsible for creating all designs, wireframes, mockups, prototypes, and alpha versions for all lab projects. In addition to his professional responsibilities, Brad is a PhD student in the Learning Technologies program at the University of Minnesota where his research focuses on how to design contemporary online learning environments emphasizing the learner’s need to consume content. An approach that is integral in the creation of inviting and aesthetically pleasing designs that are functionally effective allowing for minimal effort by the user while maximizing their learning experience through efficient knowledge transfer.

What is education to you?
Education is the process of deconstructing what you know, analyzing the parts you have currently, then reassembling them by adding in new pieces along the way. The true challenge is learning what to do with the pieces you have left over.


Patrick Johnson

Patrick Johnson

Technology Director, LT Media Lab

Hometown: St. Cloud, Minnesota, USA

Professional Life: Patrick Johnson is the Technology Director for the LT Media Lab at the University of Minnesota. He attended the University of Minnesota and received his bachelor’s degree in Economics and Spanish studies, and is pursuing an advanced degree in Learning Technologies at the University of Minnesota. A keen interest in computers drove him into the IT field and has placed him in a position to make a difference to educators. By making technology support easy, and having an open mind to the needs of educators, he can find unique solutions for their technology needs. Patrick hopes that with this approach educators can embrace and use technology in their curriculum, furthering their ability to maximize their impact on students.

What is education to you?
For me, education is learning to learn. I feel as we go through our early, more traditional, school based education we train ourselves to be successful later in life by training ourselves to learn later in life. Education is not something that happens only early in life, it is a process that continues for us each day.

Jeni Henrickson

Jeni Henrickson

PhD Student; Project Coordinator, LT Media Lab

Hometown: Born and grew up in Germany; currently, Minneapolis, MN

Professional Life: Jeni Henrickson is a PhD student in learning technologies at the University of Minnesota, and an interactive and instructional designer. She is interested in researching and designing adventure learning environments, in exploring the uses of mobile and other technologies in the K-12 classroom, and in getting kids outdoors, actively interacting with the natural environment.

In 2011, Jeni published her first iPhone app, on Adventure Learning. She created the app in an LT App Design course taught by Charlie and Aaron. The app is based on Aaron’s adventure learning framework and showcases many of the successful adventure learning projects over the years.

What is education to you?
For me, education is life. I have learned and continue to learn equally from my informal interactions and the formal classroom. My teachers have been formal educators, friends, colleagues, family members, complete strangers, and the natural world. I believe it’s critical that from an early age we work to engage kids in the beauty of learning and the power of quiet observation, and to imbue them with the confidence to ask questions, believe in their ideas, and take action.