Mr. Kevin Johnson
University of Illinois Administration
My interest in technology began when I was 14. I worked detasling corn for a summer and saved up and bought a Commodore 64 (Whoooo! Hoooo!). I spent hours teaching myself to program, which later lead to a programming position with the University of Illinois. Anyone remember Plato terminals? I spent three years working with the Computer Adaptive Testing and Measurement team developing online study materials for domestic and international audiences.
For the past eleven years, I have developed curriculum and taught in both academic and corporate environments. Even though I have taught multiple subjects, a majority of my teaching has centered on technology. After graduating with my Master of Education degree from the University of Illinois, I moved to California where I taught for a Business College. Due to my desire to save paper (not to mention the desire to no longer fight for the copy machine), I started providing lecture notes and other resources to students on CDs. As the Internet emerged, the college asked me to teach a web development course. It was a natural transition for me to move from burning CDs to placing course content on the web. Before I knew it, I was interacting with my students electronically and my interest in online education began. It was this interest that pushed me to participate in the Online Teaching and Learning program through California State University-Hayward.
The online program through CSU is similar to the MVCR program offered by the Illinois Online Network. Coursework was completed in areas of online assessment, facilitation skills, technology tools, etc. This program truly prepared me for my current position as an Instructional Designer/Instructor for ION where I design, redesign, and support online classroom and classroom instructors.
Dr. Virgil Varvel
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Currently, I am a Computer Assisted Instruction Specialist for the Illinois Online Network at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. Concurrently, I am a finishing graduate student in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. My research projects include the use of wireless networks in educational settings and the influence of online components to offline courses.
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