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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato

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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.

Marni Dunning, Instructional TechnologistTeam Member: Marni DunningMarni Dunning, Instructional Technologist

Title: Instructional Technologist
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Twitter: @MarniDunning

Bio: Marni Dunning has been at Minnesota State University, Mankato since 2008 and specializes in 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.


Team Member: Ginny Fitzloff

Ginny Fitzloff, Digitization, Copyright, and Accessibility SpecialistTitle: 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.

Jeff Henline, Enterprise Academic Technology CoordinatorTeam Member: Jeff Henline

Title: Enterprise Technology Coordinator
Bio: Jeff has over 12 years experience working with course management systems (CMS) 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. He later changed jobs and majors moving over to the Office of Instructional Technologies and focusing on Computer Information Systems.  During his time at Minnesota State Mankato, he has become very familiar with the many complexities and integrations of systems that bring about a successful CMS. In 2004-2005, he led the conversion from Ucompass Educator to our current CMS, Desire2Learn. His current roles in ITS are D2L Administrator, D2L Trainer, and D2L Support Lead. Education: BS in Computer Information Systems, minor in Technical Writing from Minnesota State Mankato.

Team Member: Jude Higdon

Jude Higdon, Ed.D., Assistant CIO for Academic Technology ServicesTitle: 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.

Donna Killion, Technical Project Support CoordinatorTeam Member : Donna Killion

Title: Technical Project Support Coordinator
Bio: Donna Killion came to ATS in November of 2011.  She worked as a transcriptionist for about six months and then helped with the transition to going digital with these services.  She is currently working towards attaining a CAPM Certificate.  Her career path has taken a turn towards project consulting, this involves many different projects working with staff and faculty and helping with administrative projects where needed.  Previous to IT Donna worked on campus in the Dental Hygiene Department, for 4 years, and before that with the Minnesota State Patrol.

Team Member: Michael Manderfeld
Michael Manderfeld, Instructional Designer

Michael Manderfeld, Instructional Designer

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.