Liz Monske - Vitae
Candidate Statement: Online writing instruction has been a focus of mine as a doctoral student to my current life as a tenured professor. As an at-large member of the Executive Committee, I hope to aid GSOLE’s promotion of its mission, membership, and research efforts. Being part of the former OWI Expert Panel and participation in OWI focused workshops and SIG discussions assisted my professional development, and I would like to serve in that capacity for others.
I work at Northern Michigan University. NMU is a rural laptop university, which is a 4-year university that also serves a 2-year college mission, since we offer everything from certificates to terminal degrees. Part of my role on campus is to provide faculty input for “constructing” a global campus initiative by being part of the Extended Learning Advisory Work Group and training for online learning.
Jarrod Brown - Vitae
Candidate Statement: My current interests related to online literacy are primarily in developing tools using online and digital technologies to assist in literacy and reading, and employing existing tools in instruction to improve student engagement with and learning from texts. I am exploring media-rich hypertext and hypervideo, which allow for moving beyond span text annotations/explanations to allow for audio and visual annotations, using adaptive technologies for real-time interventions in student learning, the development of branching logic hypervideo, and the use of hypervideo in second language acquisition. As an educator and educational technology entrepreneur, I am not only invested in understanding what existing technologies and interventions can improve literacy, online and offline, but also in developing new online and digital tools to improve literacy. I have worked with a team of primarily Indian colleagues over the last decade to develop many tools already familiar to students within the United States and India. As a philosopher, and a philosopher with a specialization in non-Western traditions, I also seek ways to leverage technology to improve students ability to engage in texts unfamiliar to them. Additionally, I work on privacy and online technologies, particularly how “big data” and Internet technologies, such as “cookies” and “tracking beacons,” influence what an individual encounters online. This interest marries my deep professional engagement with both online marketing and philosophical issues related to privacy. Additionally, I work on epistemology issues related to the social production of knowledge in online environments (primarily in South and Southeast Asia), for example, using tools like Internet Protocol Address tracking to better understand alterations made to politically contentious Wikipedia articles.