Amod Lele: Lead Educational Technologist
Amod Lele helps faculty navigate a wide array of technologies for use in their classes and professional life. He leads and manages a team of educational technologists (Chihsun, Damon, Maria and Monty). Amod is interested in the use and promotion of open educational resources (OER) in higher education. He holds a PhD from Harvard University in religious studies and has almost ten years of college and university teaching experience. He regularly teaches a course on Indian philosophy in the CAS philosophy department, and expects to teach a course on the Bhagavad Gītā for the Core Curriculum in 2019. As a lifelong learner, Amod also earned an M.S. degree in Computer Science from Metropolitan College in 2016. In his spare time, he publishes scholarly articles on Buddhist ethics and writes a biweekly updated blog on cross-cultural philosophy.
Chihsun Chiu: Educational Technologist
Chihsun Chiu (錡熏邱 Pinyin: qí xūn qiū), helps faculty get the best results out of the Learning Management System, Blackboard Learn. Her specialization includes the LMS, but also instructional design, and all other technologies that touch the LMS. She holds a Ph.D. in Educational Technology with a Minor in Instructional Design from the University of Kansas, a Master of Arts degree in Digital Storytelling Media from Ball State University, and a B.A. in Radio, Television and Film from Shih Hsin University in Taipei, Taiwan. Chihsun’s doctoral dissertation elaborated on designing online instruction for students with learning disabilities and other struggling learners.
Damon Carlson: Educational Technologist
Damon Carlson has deep experience with classroom technologies, lecture capture, and the daily use of these technologies at Boston University. He is an infoComm Certified Technology Specialist and supports faculty with his expertise. Damon’s responsibilities include Audience Response Systems (clickers like TurningPoint, Tophat etc.), Echo360 Lecture Capture, and many other technologies. Damon earned a B.S. in Business Administration degree with a concentration in information systems from Salem State University (Salem, MA) and an M.Ed. degree from Boston University. He currently is actively pursuing another graduate degree in information technology/computer science at Metropolitan College.
Maria Afzal: Educational Technologist
Maria advises and assists BU faculty and staff in using various technologies, with a focus on ePortfolios, Adobe’s Creative Cloud and NVivo. She offers individualized consultations and leads regular training workshops.
Prior to coming to BU, Maria worked as a technology consultant at UMass Amherst with a particular interest in educational approaches that promote multimedia, collaboration, and active learning. Maria holds a B.S(Hons) in Computer Science from Lahore Pakistan, a Masters in Multimedia Design and a Masters in Learning Technologies from UMass Amherst.
Instructional Production Services
Bob Keeley: Manager, Instructional Production Services
Bob supports the creation of digital learning content and courses at BU as a manager of Instructional Production Services. He has 10 years of experience developing digital education programs and assessments. His background includes work at private venture start-ups in digital learning and supporting program services at HBX, an online initiative of the Harvard Business School. Bob began work in digital education by supporting large scale digital assessments including the Collegiate Learning Assessment. He holds an M.Ed. in Technology, Innovation, and Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a BA in German and Geography from Clark University.
Robert Heim: Educational Media Producer
Robert (Bob) Heim recently joined the Educational Technology Group as Educational Media Producer. He is from Quincy, Massachusetts and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Media Studies from UMass Boston.
Bob has been shooting and editing video for almost 20 years. In that time he has shot Superbowls, All-star Games, documentaries in Europe, and countless interviews in Boston and the surrounding area. He spent a year as a video editor and producer for the New England Patriots, and owns Mass Video Productions.
David Charpentier: Educational Media Producer/Technologist
David Charpentier is an experienced media producer and editor. After graduating from UNC’s School of Architecture, David grew into a career of media production and design, which he later amped up with an MFA in Film and Media Production from Boston University’s College of Communication. Before joining the Digital Learning & Innovation team, David worked freelance in New York, shooting digital media, writing and producing theatrical films and television shows, and directing and editing a wide range of commercials, lifestyle videos and educational media. As a media producer and technologist at DL&I, David is interested in crafting inclusive, interactive education experiences that use a combination of traditional lectures, collaborative online environments, and the ever-expanding world of digital media.
Joshua Mackler: Digital Learning Designer
With a rich background in multimedia, Josh facilitates the pre and post-production phases of digital learning projects for faculty. He joins Instructional Production Services after 7 years of creating countless interactive training modules for multinational corporations, universities, and museums. He is passionate about utilizing cutting-edge technologies to increase learner engagement and outreach. Josh graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in New Media from SUNY Purchase College, focusing on video production and interactive programming.
Educational Platform Administration
Harry Lawrence: Manger, Educational Platform Administration
Harry Lawrence is the primary Application Administrator for the Learning Management System (LMS), Blackboard Learn, and the lecture capture solution, Echo360. His background working with the LMS and lecture capture spans many years, having served as a Client Support Specialist in the IT Help Center and also in Information Technology and Academic Technology at Simmons College. Harry is knowledgeable in many other educational technologies and supports faculty and the front-line Client Support Specialists in the IT Help Center when deep expertise is required. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Siena College and a Master of Science degree in Library and Information Science from Simmons College.
Wendell Seale: Platform Administrator, Video Streaming
Wendell Seale serves in the role of Platform Administrator for the streaming video platform for instructional video. Wendell has more than a decade of a track record of proven leadership in Video and Audio Production in higher education. Besides his expertise in the AV area Wendell has many years of experience with a plethora of instructional technologies, which he gained during his career at Cambridge College, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. While his primary job designation is on the technical side Wendell is also an experienced and well-rounded educational technologist. Wendell’s academic credentials include a Bachelor of Science in New Media from Emerson College and a Master of Education in Instructional Technology from Cambridge College.
Monty Kaplan: Platform Administrator/Educational Technologist
Monty Kaplan joined EdTech in October 2016. Originally from Watertown, MA, Monty spent six years as an Instructional Technologist at Emerson College. During his time in Higher Education he has supported technologies such as Learning Management Systems, ePortfolio, WordPress, and audio visual media related systems.
Monty holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a Minor in Entrepreneurship from Clark University, where he also worked as a Web Technical Assistant. Monty’s current responsibilities include the support of the BUx edX Platform, the program-level Assessment Management System, and general support of educational technologies.
Jennifer MacLeod: Learning Technology Administrator
Jennifer joined the Educational Technology team in June 2018, after the merger of Boston University and Wheelock College. She brings 18 years of experience with a broad spectrum of learning technologies and distance education to her position. Jennifer supports BU’s Wheelock College of Education & Human Development with teaching out several programs that use the Moodle Learning Management System. In addition to her LMS related duties, she takes on responsibilities in the area of online assessment tools. Prior to serving at Wheelock College, Jennifer worked for the Colleges of the Fenway, Texas A&M University at Galveston (where she earned the Vice President Meritorious Service Distinguished Staff Award), and the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.
Lo-Su King: Manager, Scanning Services
Lo-Su King is responsible for scantron (form) based exam scoring, course evaluation, and data collection. The 2017 recipient of the Faculty Council’s John S. Perkins Award for Distinguished Service, Lo-Su joined BU 16 years ago as a Senior Program Coordinator of the Scanning Services and has been providing continuing scanning services to various Departments and Schools within BU as well as external clients such as Harvard University and Lesley College. In addition to her full time work at BU, Lo-Su taught Mandarin Chinese at Lexington Chinese School on Sunday for 20+ years and retired 5 years ago. Lo-Su is married with two children and two grandsons.
Lo-Su earned her Bachelor degree in Journalism from National Cheng-Chi University in Taiwan and worked as a reporter for Da-Hua Evening Newspaper from 1977 to 1979. Lo-Su came to the U.S. as an immigrant in late 1979 and lived in Charlottesville, VA for eight years. While in Charlottesville, Lo-Su worked at University of Virginia Pharmacology Department for more than five years before moving to Massachusetts.
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