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Kevin Hegg

heggkj@jmu.edu
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AREAS OF EXPERTISE
Adobe AIR, Flash and Flex; Actionscript and Javascript; CSS; web application development; MDM Zinc; etc.

PRESENTATIONS
2014, Build Your Own Network: Innovating the Liberal Arts
New Media Consortium Summer Conference
Portland, Oregon
Presented by: Kevin Hegg, Seán McCarthy, Nicole Wilson

Advances in technology in higher education often arise from dedicated interdisciplinary centers on research-intensive campuses. Since such focused resources are often beyond the mission and budget of liberal arts institutions, how can we foster technology-driven innovation at teaching-focused universities? Building on our research at such a campus, we propose that a viable answer is to marshal already-existing resources to build a research network that connects students, faculty, and campus organizations. Central to the success of this network, we argue, is sustaining a small interdisciplinary research team that promotes adaptable social media technologies as classroom and research practices.


2013, Beyond Blogging: WordPress as a Platform for Innovation 
OpenVA: Virginia’s Summit on Open and Digital Learning
University of Mary Washington
Presented by: Kevin Hegg, Seán McCarthy, Nicole Wilson

In this presentation, we will show how faculty are using WordPress as a platform for building innovative and engaging web applications to support their teaching and scholarship. We will cover a wide range of topics and technologies; such as podcasting, video sharing, digital storytelling, digital scholarship, public history, social networking, Google maps, mobile-friendly themes, content upload from mobile devices, student journals and fanzines, the flipped blog, co-authoring, peer review, and more. Our demonstrations will highlight a couple of emerging trends within the JMU community. Multimedia assignments delivered online with a shelf-life extending beyond the semester are becoming more common. Students are creating video and audio files and sharing these on easily discoverable web sites. Students are also creating exhibits of carefully curated artifacts. WordPress is a place where scholarship is expressed. Unexpectedly, WordPress has also become an object of learning, a class assignment. Students in disciplines like Public Relations and Technical Communication are learning to build their own WordPress sites.


2013, Beyond Blogging: WordPress as a Platform for Innovation 
Sloan-C Annual International Conference
Orlando, FL
Presented by: Kevin Hegg, Seán McCarthy, Nicole Wilson

JMU faculty, from a variety of disciplines, are using WordPress as a platform for building innovative and imaginative web spaces to enhance teaching and scholarship.