The ATS team brings more than 50 years of collective experience in educational technology to bear on our work at Minnesota State University, Mankato. With expertise in teaching and learning, video production, instructional design, technology, learning and motivational science, copyright and intellectual property, and accessibility, our team is well-rounded and ready to help you make your instructional dreams come true. We include brief biosketches below so you can learn more about our background and experience.
Vicky Cai, Ph.D.
Title: Instructional Designer and Evaluation Specialist
Bio: Vicky Cai is an Instructional Designer and Evaluation Specialist for Academic Technology services at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Vicky holds a Ph.D. in School Administration and Supervision from University of Virginia. Before coming to Minnesota State University, Mankato, Vicky worked at the University of Alabama as an instructional designer in College of Continuing Studies and as an adjunct faculty in College of Education. Vicky has research experience in school leadership, educational organization, assessment of learning, and evidence-based instructional decision-making. Her research papers have been published in peer-reviewed journals and presented at peer-reviewed conferences. She has experiences in course design and development at both K-12 and higher education levels and has implemented many innovative instructional strategies, including formative assessment and learning analytics, in her own instructional design and teaching.
Title: Instructional Technologist
Bio: Marni Dunning has been at Minnesota State University, Mankato since 2008 and specializes in training, technology tools, instructional design strategies and effective practices for teaching face to face, online or in a blended classroom. Her goal is to teach faculty how to use technology in a fun and engaging manner so the students have a fantastic learning experience here at Minnesota State University. Marni graduated from Minnesota State Mankato in 1995 with a B.S. in Elementary Education. While trying to find her first teaching job, she worked at a MicroAge doing data entry and computer training. She moved on to New Horizon’s Computer Learning Company where she learned and taught a large variety of computer software programs on both mac and pc platforms, becoming a certified MS Office Expert. She worked at Mystic Lake Casino from 1997 – 2006 as a Senior Applications Training Specialists implementing Computer Based Training (CBTs) for all slots, blackjack and surveillance team members. Since Mystic, she has tried on some different hats before coming to Minnesota State University - working at Kroll Ontrack as a Technical Trainer/Writer and then at Lifetouch Portrait Studios, implementing CBTs and Moodle nationwide for over 4,000 employees.
Digitization, Copyright and Accessibility Specialist
Bio: Ginny Fitzloff holds a B.A in Business Administration from Mount Marty College. Before coming to Minnesota State Mankato in 2004, her professional contribution encompassed customer-service focused positions in the capacities of Executive Administrative Support at Daktronics, Inc.; Assistant Director of Benet Place, an independent living senior community; and a Sales/Service Representative for ESCO, Mfg., a national-selling sign corporation. In her current position, she specializes in video digitizing technologies, accessibility and captioning tools and systems, media management systems, screen reader systems, and braille generating technologies, to name just a few. She serves as one of our in-house experts on issues relating to FERPA, HIPPA, and copyright and intellectual property as governed by the Fair Use doctrine, the TEACH Act, and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
Title: Enterprise Technology Coordinator
Bio: Jeff has over 15 years experience working with learning management systems (LMS) at Minnesota State University, Mankato, beginning with IntraKal in the late 90's. He began his tenure at Minnesota State Mankato, first as an undergraduate student working in the Academic Computer Center while studying automotive engineering. After a few semesters, an interest in computer information systems prompted a change in major. Shortly after, Jeff moved to the newly formed department of Office of Instructional Technologies and his focus turned to academic software. More recently, Jeff joined the Academic Technology Services department as Enterprise Technology Coordinator. Education: BS in Computer Information Systems, minor in Technical Writing from Minnesota State Mankato.
Jude Higdon, Ed.D.
Assistant CIO for Academic Technology Services
Bio: Jude Higdon
is the Assistant CIO for Academic Technology Services at Minnesota State University, Mankato. He also teaches courses in the University of Minnesota College of Education and Human Development. He holds an Ed.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Southern California, an Ed.M. in Technology in Education from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education, and a B.S. in African politics from Northwestern University. Before coming to Minnesota State University, Mankato, Jude worked at the convergence of technology and education at other institutions of higher learning including the U of M Colleges of Pharmacy and of Liberal Arts, Northwestern University, the City Colleges of Chicago, Brandeis University, Harvard University, Duke University, and the University of Southern California. He has also developed online learning environments for several major not-for-profit organizations including the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the American Red Cross, the National Wildlife Federation, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. His dissertation research focused on the intersection of goal orientation and feedback. He has presented at dozens of local, regional, state-wide, national, and international conferences and colloquia, and has written on and published a number of pieces, including book chapters, peer-reviewed papers, and articles for trade publications. He maintains a regular podcast, Tech Chatter, exploring issues of technology in higher education, which can be found on iTunes U.
Carrie Lewis, Ph.D.
Title: Instructional Designer
Bio: Carrie Lewis is an instructional designer with Academic Technology Services at Minnesota State University, Mankato. She holds a PhD in Educational Technology from Arizona State University, an MS in French and a Graduate Certificate in TESL from Minnesota State University, Mankato, and a BA in French from Arizona State University. Carrie has been an instructor in higher education for over 10 years, both in face-to-face and online classes. She currently facilitates online courses in E-learning and Instructional Design for the University of Phoenix. Prior to coming to ATS, Carrie helped open a branch campus of Benedictine University in Mesa, Arizona, where she became well-versed in problem-based learning, flipped instruction and technology-enhanced instruction. Her research interests include teacher education, curriculum evaluation and adult education programs. Carrie maintains a blog chronicling her journey with technology integration in the classroom, called Technology Tools for the Online Teacher.
Title: Instructional Designer
Bio: Michael Manderfeld is an Instructional Designer for Academic Technology services at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Michael holds an M.S. in Educational Leadership from Minnesota State Mankato with a significant dedication of research and experience to Educational Technology. Michael worked closely with the K-12 and Secondary Programs department within the College of Education during his M.S. as a research and teaching assistant. He continues to teach technology integration courses for pre-service teachers in the College of Education. He is also a Quality Matters certified peer-reviewer, and the Institutional Representative (IR) for our campus.