[Note to posters: Please send your bios to Peggy Semingson [peggys at uta.edu] and she will post them here for you. ]
Blake Carpenter: I’m a lecturer of French in the Department of Modern Languages at UT Arlington. I have been using blogs in m classes for the past 3 years and am interested in student-created blogs that enhance the classroom experience. I use blogs in all my courses and teach students to produce their own blogs as part of their learning experience.
Christopher Conway: I’m an associate professor of Spanish in the Department of Modern Languages at UT Arlington. I have developed or co-developed three web classes and I’m working on my fourth. I have used podcasting, videocasting and blogs in my classes.
Matt Crosslin: I work as an Instructional Designer for the UTA Center for Distance Education. I am also an online adjunct instructor for a few instructional design classes for UT Brownsville. In March 2007 I started EduGeekJournal.com, an online community promoting educational technology. My full profile is available at MattCrosslin.com.
Carolyn Guertin (link: https://mavspace.uta.edu/guertin/portfolio) is Director of the eCreate Lab (link: http://www.uta.edu/english/ecreate) and Assistant Professor of Digital Media in the Department of English here at UT Arlington. I am also a faculty member at Transart Institute (link: http://www.transartinstitute.org/), an international low-residency MFA Program in Berlin. I teach digital theory and practice, including multimedia authoring, digital narrative, film futures and visual culture classes, as well as workshops in digital literacies, pedagogies and research methods.
Doug Lewis: I’m an Instructional Technologist for the UT Arlington Library and Director of The Digital Media Studios. Some of my work includes research in up and coming technologies with emphasis in instructional media and design. I’m also available to the UTA faculty, staff, and students for training and assistance in various software and multimedia tools. More about me here: http://www.uta.edu/faculty/dlewis
Lana Rings: Lana Rings is an associate professor of German in the Department of Modern Languages here at UT Arlington, specializing in intercultural communication and second language pedagogy. She likes to use open-ended questions, blogs and wikis interactively, in order to “teach deeper” and help activate the interests and mental processes of her students, as well as to draw on all the experience, knowledge, and understanding of instructor and student alike to add texture to the experience students have with “things German.”
Peggy Semingson: I am an assistant professor of Literacy Studies in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction andprepare teacher candidates to teach literacy in PK-8 settings. I also teach graduate courses in a 100% online setting. My belief is that the rationale behind blogging and other Web 2.0 literacies/technologies is to foster interactivity, connectivity, knowledge sharing, exchange of sharing, and a “community of inquiry”. Blogging also allows you to try out new media technologies as well as read and write in more interactive ways. I’m a big believer, too, in Janet Emig’s idea of writing to learn. I support social and collaborative ways of learning. Links: http://wweb.uta.edu/faculty/peggys/ and http://www.youtube.com/user/peggysemingson