W. Gardner Campbell

W. Gardner Campbell

Director, Professional Development and Innovative Initiatives, Division of Learning Technologies, Associate Professor of English, Virginia Tech

Gardner Campbell is the Director of Professional Development and Innovative Initiatives in the Division of Learning Technologies at Virginia Tech, where he also serves as Associate Professor of English. He moved to Virginia Tech from his previous position as the founding Director of the Academy for Teaching and Learning at Baylor University and an Associate Professor of Literature, Media, and Learning at Baylor's Honors College. Previous to that, he was a Professor of English at the University of Mary Washington, where he also served as the Assistant Vice President for Teaching and Learning Technologies. His work with technology for education has spanned over two decades, including posts at the University of San Diego and the University of Richmond. He is a Fellow of the Frye Leadership Institute, past Chair of the Electronic Campus of Virginia, past chair of the Board of Directors for the New Media Consortium, and currently serves on the Advisory Board for the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education. You can read his blog, “Gardner Writes,” at Campbell is a Campus Technology Conference Program Advisory Board member.



Trent Batson


Trent Batson has worked as tenured faculty or as information technology administrator at 8 different institutions, his last being MIT. Starting in 1985, Batson started his leadership in educational change around technology that has spanned 28 years. He had major grant funding from the Annenberg/CPB Projects, the US Department of Education, Boeing, IBM, the Mellon Foundation and other grant funding sources. He has worked in the IT industry and in 2009 launched AAEEBL (The Association for Authentic, Experiential and Evidence-Based Learning), a global non-proft. His passion is learning, both his own learning, and improved learning designs for others realized through informaiton technology.

Andrew Bonamici

Associate University Librarian for Media and Instructional Services, University of Oregon

Andrew Bonamici is Associate University Librarian for Media and Instructional Services at the University of Oregon, a division that includes Library Instruction and Campus Partnerships, Digital Scholarship Center, the Portland Library and Learning Commons, and the Center for Media and Educational Technologies (campus classroom technologies, interactive media development, video production, streaming media, videoconferencing, consulting and training, and film and digital image services). He holds the AMLS degree from the University of Michigan School of Information, a BA in Music History and Theory from Marylhurst University, and is a fellow of the 2005 Frye Leadership Institute.


Gary Brown

Academic Director,

Gary Brown is the Academic Director for the Association of Experiential and Evidence-Based Learning, or AAEEBL, a leading international professional ePortfolio organization. He is a Senior Fellow with the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) where he currently is an assessment leader on the Quality Collaboratives project, a national effort working to maintain quality as the nation addresses the completion agenda. And as Associate Vice Provost at Portland State University, he has been involved with examining policies and practices for assessing and awarding credit for prior learning. Brown has been involved with assessment and educational technologies since the mid-80s. In the 90s at Washington State University, he started a multimedia composition program, led development of one of the early learning management systems, and was among the first to put surveys online as director of the WSU Silhouette Project, known internationally as Flashlight Online. Brown and his teams have received seven awards for best research, and he was a recipient of the Pacific Northwest’s first annual award for Teaching, Learning, & Assessment.

Helen Chu

Director, Academic Technology, University of Oregon

A Leading Change Leadership Institute Fellow, Helen is the director of academic technology at the University of Oregon, where she manages the built and virtual learning environments. She, with her team, provides instructional technology support, LMS administration, learning space design and classroom technology support, and broadcast video and streaming production services. Helen has also served at Columbia University, UCLA, and California Polytechnic San Luis Obispo, and has managed the help desk; expanded campus software site licensing and instructional labs; led Web strategy and development; and spearheaded the creation of the I2 faculty R&D lab and Learning Commons.


Jim Groom

Director of Teaching and Learning Technologies, University of Mary Washington

Jim Groom is the director of the Division of Teaching and Learning Technologies and adjunct professor at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia. He has been working for over fifteen years in education with a consistent focus on the development of teaching and learning in higher education. In addition to his extensive experience teaching at the college level, for the past eight years he has worked primarily in the field of instructional technology (see work experience).


Rand Spiwak

EVP/CFO, ret., Daytona State College

Rand Spiwak is the recently retired executive vice president (EVP) and chief financial officer at Daytona State College (FL), where he served as a senior member of the college’s management team overseeing the day-to-day operations of the college. Randy has more than 40 year’s administrative experience in higher education, including teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels. He has served as CFO and Pensacola State College and Daytona State College for twenty-seven years. Randy led the college’s e-Text Project, which will reduce student textbook costs by replacing traditional textbooks with digital alternatives including e-textbooks and open content. Since retiring, Randy has lectured on eText to over two-hundred and fifty colleges and universities in twenty-nine states. Randy holds a doctorate of education from the University of Florida, a masters of business administration and a bachelors of business administration from Stetson University, FL.

Brad Wheeler

VP for IT and CIO, Indiana University

Brad Wheeler is Indiana University's vice president for information technology and chief information officer, leading IT services for IU's eight campuses. Wheeler has co-founded some of higher education's most transformative software and service collaborations including the Sakai Project for teaching and learning software, Kuali for financial and other administrative systems, the HathiTrust for digital copies of scanned books as part of the Google Book Project, and the formation of Internet2's Net+ Services. These projects are a blend of both open source and traditional development models that have grown to an ecosystem encompassing over $60M of pooled investments from 50 institutions and 22 commercial firms. Most recently, he has led IU's pilot testing of eTexts since 2009 and 2012 full rollout of an eText model that brings substantial discounts to students for digital textbooks.

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