Eric's Bio -- Fall 2013

Passionate about experiential learning, design theory and education in the digital age, I have spent nearly 30 years challenging and coaching both students and adults to apply critical thinking, design, and communications skills to solve complex problems. Whether working with: Students in a classroom, a television studio or deep in the rain forests of Belize… whether working with: large groups of disparate learners online; Heads of schools in an Internet café in Cambodia; Student leaders in documenting service experiences and coaching interview techniques; or Television producers on the floor of the U.N., I love helping learners utilize technology, media, and data to communicate and collaborate effectively.

That is why it has been such a joy to create new programs at Concordia that benefit both students and teachers as they explore the potential of innovative technologies. Through cutting edge courses and the creation of a design lab, students now have the opportunity to experiment with a variety of applications as they provide services for the school community, special assemblies, and sporting events. Additionally, students are regularly in the lab working on a variety of assignments such as National History Day documentaries, Big Data research, and Independent study projects on the Visualization of Stellar models. All of this has happened in conjunction with the creation of Student Media Services. Having grown this program from nothing three years ago, it provides me great pleasure to see a constantly changing group of students in the lab every day, collaborating around technology, asking questions of their peer mentors, and of me, as they gain 21st-century competencies.

I feel certain that as educational strategies and systems evolve, it is those who are able to adopt and integrate the tools, technologies and language of the digital age who will most successfully engage, inspire and challenge their learners. Students need to know how to communicate, collaborate, research, visualize data, and manage information in a digital world and it is my good fortune to be able to share both the educational and technical experience necessary to help schools (and students) achieve these objectives.

When I founded my company (Pangaea Multimedia Communications) in 1987, it was with the intent of using media and technology to improve education and communications. As a consultant, I helped to design and pilot new educational and training systems for organizations such as Motorola, Sun Microsystems, NEC Technologies and the US Navy’s schools. I helped Cable in the Classroom to put their first website on-line and Oxfam America to eliminate the bottleneck in their communications by designing and building cutting edge solutions for content management and publishing, in addition to producing hundreds of hours of educational materials for Harvard Business School, TERC (mathematics), Houghton Mifflin, Bedford and a wide range of other clients… not to mention the computer networks, school labs, distance learning systems and on-line collaboration tools which I designed, built and managed. Now, working in schools, I have the tremendous opportunity to coach students on maximizing business opportunities, on using technology as a means to a better world; and on how to capitalize on the next tech app. What fun!