Cassie Scharber, PhD
Co-Project Investigator; Assistant Professor, Learning Technologies; Co-Director, LT Media Lab
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.
Freelance Photographer and Videographer
Matthew Whalen is an Austin-based videographer and motion graphic specialist who runs a production company, Whalenography, specializing in video, graphics, and timelapse photography. He has many outdoor and adventure video and photography credits to his name, including capturing the LT Media Lab’s North of Sixty expedition across Baffin Island in the Canadian Arctic in April 2013.
Lead Designer, LT Media Lab
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.
Technology Director, LT Media Lab
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.
Media Development Specialist, LT Media Lab
Jeni Henrickson is the Media Development Specialist at the LT Media Lab, and a PhD candidate in learning technologies at the University of Minnesota. 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.