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Digital Badging

​Hear from peer institutions about how they identified a growing need for digital credentials and the unique ways they are incentivizing the learning of new skills in and out of the classroom.

Presenter Information

Dr. Allan Gyorke

Associate VP, Information Technology, Asst. Provost for Educational Innovation, Chief Academic Technology Officer University of Miami

Since 2013, Allan Gyorke has served as Chief Academic Technology Officer (CATO) at the University of Miami (UM), and has been responsible for exploring and supporting technologies used by faculty and students for teaching and learning. Additionally, Gyorke serves as Assistant Provost for Educational Innovation, advancing the Education Revolution initiative of the University's Roadmap to Our New Century. Gyorke's priorities include assessing the faculty’s familiarity with the range of pedagogical methods and technological resources, devising appropriate resources and workshops to foster and promote pedagogical innovation, and advising on the use of classroom and online technologies. Prior to joining UM, Gyorke studied and worked for 21 years at Penn State University, where he oversaw computer workshops, ran the IT services for the Hazleton campus, built some of the first online courses and massive open online courses (MOOCs), worked closely with faculty on the integration of technology into traditional on-campus courses, and led course redesign efforts to include student-generated media, podcasting, blogs, online social networks, and flipped learning models. Gyorke earned his B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering and his M.Ed. degree in Adult Education from Penn State.

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Cressida Magaro

Manager, Educational Software Consulting, University of Pittsburgh

Cressida is the Manager of the Educational Software Consulting group, helping instructors use software such as Canvas, Top Hat, Panopto and Qualtrics to support their teaching practice. She is also interested in assisting instructors in the adoption of innovative new technologies and strategies, such as those found in the Teaching Center’s Media Creation Lab and Open Lab. Cressida has an MA in Teaching from Towson University.

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Paul Whitener

Assistant Director of Digital Fabrication and Maker Education, Academic Technology, Information Systems

Paul Whitener is the Assistant Director of Digital Fabrication and Maker Education at Wake Forest University. As an Information Systems staff member assigned to the Wake Forest makerspace, the WakerSpace, Paul is involved in technology and making, which is used to teach students in and out of the classroom. With a bachelor’s Degree in Communications with a Television Production Concentration and an Associate’s Degree in Electronic Engineering, Paul brings over 30 years of experience, all based in technology, to the program. In his current role, Paul works with students on a daily basis helping them to utilize various “maker” technologies into their classwork. He has also co-facilitated the Computer Science STEM Robotics course as well as led many “pop-up” labs geared towards extracurricular learning for the WFU community. These labs include Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Makey Makey, laser cutting, and 3D printing technologies. In the spirit of Pro Humanitate, Paul is also involved in many technology outreaches to middle and high school students.