What is the Innovation Lab?

Is it a collaborative, professional development space? A technology playground? A design thinking system? With your participation, it’s all of the above. The Innovation Lab space is comprised of two distinct areas – a front area featuring a series of lab stations for you to reflect and experiment at your own pace, and a live demo space for you to take part in scheduled “guided experiments” led by presenters. Learn more about each space below:


The Lab Stations will guide you through an Innovation Cycle, with each station featuring a different step in the process for creating a strategy, effective practice or pedagogical approach. You’ll have the opportunity to interact with emerging technology, connect challenges to innovative practices through hands-on experimentation, and document your ideas in a virtual lab manual (either on your own or collaboratively). “Lab assistants” will be on hand to work with you to design, reflect and create.


The Live Lab Space is adjacent to the lab stations, and features dedicated space for you to complete a guided lab led by a presenter. These are not your typical sit-and-get sessions. Rather, you will get your hands dirty right from the start, digging into a concrete challenge, working collaboratively to design a meaningful solution, and leave with an applicable deliverable.

The two spaces are meant to work together, and ideally, you will start in one area, and continue to hone and refine the ideas that arise from your experiments in the other area. We invite you to make the Innovation Lab your hub and your home base at OLC Innovate, using it as a space to both recharge and ideate anytime you’d like. Our goal is to simply break us out of our cultural norms for collaboration and professional development, and in the process, highlight our colleagues doing excellent work.

Connect with Us

Want to learn more about the Innovation Lab and how you can get involved? Ask us your questions on social media with the hashtag #OLCInnovationLab. We’re excited to start the conversation, and looking forward to innovating with you in person in New Orleans.



Innovation Lab Sessions

Bridging the Classroom-workplace Gap: Leveraging Student Ingenuity to Create Authentic Learning Experiences Joni Tornwall, The Ohio State University
Julia Donegan, The Ohio State University 
Phillip Newman, The Ohio State University

Wanna Play? Phylise Banner, Clarkson University
Shooting and Producing Great Video with the iPhone for On-Line Learning   Steve Julin, Specs Howard School of Media Arts 
You Can Go Anywhere: The Power of Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Video Creation for Online Courses Olysha Magruder McRae, Johns Hopkins University
Kelly Tzoumis, Johns Hopkins University
DIY: Create Your Own Innovation Hub Madara Mason, University of Alaska Fairbanks & eLearning
Heidi Olson, University of Alaska Fairbanks & eLearning & Distance Education
Virtual Reality Lab Robbie Melton, Tennessee Board of Regents
Denise Malloy, Tennessee Board of Regents
Tara Tansil-Gentry, University of Tennessee at Martin
Creating a Communication Model So That Students Listen (And Take Action!): The “Successful You” Project Kelvin Thompson, University of Central Florida
DeLaine Priest, University of Central Florida
Interaction Beyond the Discussion Board Rebecca Farivar, CSU East Bay
Megan Mulholland, CSU East Bay
Converting Analytics to Insights: Dissolving Divides Across Faculty, Advisors, & Students Jennifer Barry, Bay Path University & The American Women’s College
Access FREE AND OPEN Workforce Development Curriculum with the US Department of Labor’s National Repository Gerry Hanley, California Sate University Office of the Chancellor & MERLOT
Jazzing it Up! Tools to Tune Up Your Courses  Ann Musgrove, Florida Atlantic University
Emerging Technology Innovations Lab Robbie Melton, Tennessee Board of Regents
Denise Malloy, Tennessee Board of Regents
Tara Tansil-Gentry, University of Tennessee at Martin
Groupthink: Strategies to Engage Student Collaboration Valerie Green, Arcadia University
Tori Waskiewicz, Arcadia University



Quick Lab Demos

Wanna Play?
Phylise Banner
Wed, Apr 20 from 10-10:45am

This demo will focus on the role of “play” in teaching and learning, exploring methods and tools that we can use to engage our learning communities in “play”. Join us as we opt in to playful expression with innovative approaches to instructional design, course development, and learning community solutions.

Virtual Reality Lab
Robbie Melton, Denise Malloy, Tara Tansil-Gentry
Wed, Apr 20 from 3:15-4:00pm

Join the first proclaimed ‘App-ologist’ (the study of mobile apps for education and workforce enhancement) for a hands-on, interactive experience using VR headsets and Google Cardboard.  The first 30 participants in the lab will receive a giveaway from Robbie, so make sure not to miss this live lab.

Emerging Technology Innovations Lab
Robbie Melton, Denise Malloy, Tara Tansil-Gentry
Thur, Apr 21
 from 2:30-3:15pm

This lab will feature a showcase and demonstrations of emerging mobile technology tools and smart gadgets for enhancing teaching, learning, health, communication, and business, with a special emphasis on wearables and the Internet of Things.



About the Lab Technicians


Phylise Banner, Clarkson University

Phylise Banner is the Director of Online Teaching and Learning at Clarkson University’s Capital Region Campus, where she is working to expand online offerings through a mindful institution-wide approach to program, course, and faculty development in alignment with teaching and learning effective practices and the Community of Inquiry framework.  She has been working in the field of online teaching and learning since 1997, planning, designing, developing, and delivering online courses, programs, and faculty development initiatives. As an online learning evangelist, she actively seeks out opportunities to experiment with emerging technologies in order to best serve faculty and students, and to create communities of lifelong learners.  She is featured regularly at regional, national and international conferences, speaking on the topics of online teaching and learning, faculty development, instructional strategy, experience design, social media, information visualization and GIS technologies. She also teaches Digital Storytelling online for SUNY Polytechnic Institute, and in person for the Academy for Lifelong Learning at Empire State College.  She is an Adobe Education Leader, STC Fellow, performance storyteller, avid angler, aviation enthusiast, and currently training to be a private pilot. She is also the proud owner of a 1967 Amphicar.


Ryan Bernstein, Northwestern Michigan College

Ryan is the Senior Instructional Technologist and an Adjunct Communications Instructor at Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City, Michigan. A former high school English teacher, Ryan spent several years working in communications for a popular web hosting provider before melding his tech and educational experience in his current position. Ryan is a dad, golfer, hockey fan, and open source enthusiast. He and his wife own Source, a yoga and meditation studio in Traverse City.


Steven Crawford, Arizona State University

Steven has over 20 years of higher education and distance learning experience and is the Associate Director of Academic Innovation at Arizona State University’s College of Nursing and Health Innovation. His role is to collaborate with the College’s programs to implement pedagogical and technological strategies that increase student outcomes in face-to-face, blended, and online courses.


Dave Goodrich, Michigan State University

Dave began working at Michigan State University in 2012 where he leverages effective active learning strategies while using emerging technologies. Dave works in The Hub for Innovation for Learning & Technology where he collaborates with faculty to develop new courses, redesign existing courses, and consult on instructional learning object projects. He also enjoys facilitating faculty workshops and being a guest instructor from time to time for MSU’s College of Education.

Dave began as an Instructional Designer in the Office of Academic Technology Spring Arbor University in 2008 where he was elected the Faculty Representative for the Staff-Administration Personnel Association. He also helped in the early stages of starting up the MyBlend program at Michigan Virtual University. Before this, he was a high school science and physical education teacher. He has a Masters degree in Education specializing in Instructional Design for Online Learning from Capella University.

Dave is a musician and photographer. He enjoys being active outdoors in his spare time. Dave and his wife live in Jackson, Michigan. Together they own Meadow Lace Photography and have three boys.


Angela Gunder, The University of Arizona

Angela Gunder serves as Senior Instructional Designer for the Office of Digital Learning. Angela came into instructional design rather circuitously, helming large-scale site designs as webmaster for The City College of New York, the honors college at ASU, and Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA). Her over fifteen year career as a designer for higher education informs her instructional design practice, where she leverages her expertise in usability, visual communication, programming, and standards-based online learning. Angela holds a B.S. in Computer Science and Fine Art from Fordham University, and a M.Ed. in Education Technology from Arizona State University. She is an Associate Editor for the Teacher Education Board of MERLOT, and a Quality Matters certified peer reviewer and online facilitator. Her research and pedagogical interests include the design and facilitation of innovation makerspaces, open educational resources, and emerging technology for second language acquisition. More specifically, her work examines effective practices for andragogy in the development of online learning environments. A voracious culinary nerd, Angela spends her free time composing, cooking and photographing original recipes for her food blog. You can follow her adventures, ed tech and otherwise, on her website at http://www.adesinamedia.com.


Leigh Graves Wolf, Michigan State University

Leigh is a teacher-scholar whose work centers around online education, emerging technologies and relationships mediated by and with technology. She has worked across the educational spectrum from K12 to Higher to further and lifelong.  Leigh has been a disc jockey, network administrator, teacher, instructional technologist and now professor, and believes passionately in collaboration and community. Leigh is currently the Assistant Director of the MSU Hub for Innovation in Learning & Technology and an Associate Professor of Educational Technology at Michigan State University.


Jess Knott, Michigan State University

Jessica Knott is an instructional designer and applied researcher for IT Services Teaching and Learning at Michigan State University. She helps faculty, staff, and academic programs effectively integrate technology into their teaching and research through consultations, demonstrations, workshops and hands-on development. She has worked in information technology since 1998, spanning the private and academic sectors, and her work has covered K-16 and adult learning. Jessica completed her dissertation in the Higher, Adult and Lifelong Education program at Michigan State University, focusing on faculty learning and the far-reaching impact that the open Web and hyperlinks have in the field of teaching and learning. She holds a master’s degree in education, focused on K-16 leadership and educational technology. She is interested in the potential and pitfalls of the Web for learning, and has recently spent time exploring the Maker movement and the impact of exploration on how we learn.


Robbie Melton, Tennessee Board of Regents

The first proclaimed ‘App-ologist’ (the study of mobile apps for education and workforce enhancement). She currently serves as the associate vice chancellor for the Tennessee Board of Regents Office of Mobilization and Emerging Technologies. Chief responsibilities include strategic planning for higher education mobilization, assessment of emerging mobile technologies including smartphones, tablets, wearable, sensor tech, faculty PD and training, and creator and curator of the Educational and Workforce Mobile App Resource Center (Preschool – Careers) of apps aligned to academic programs and workforce careers. www.tbrmobile.org Speaker at the 2014 The United Nations Mobile Education Conference (UNESCO) in Paris, Panel Keynoter at the Mobile Learning International Conference, Madrid, Spain, 2013 Apple Distinguished Educator, 2012 Top Fifty Technology Innovation Educator from the Center for Digital Education and Converge, 2012 International ELES4-Africa Educator Technologist, WCET WOW Education Technology Award.


Denise Malloy, Southwest Community College

Denise Malloy is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Southwest Tennessee Community College in Memphis, TN. She assists Associate Vice Chancellor of Mobilization & Emerging Technologies, Dr. Robbie Melton, Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR), as a faculty trainer, researcher, and pilots consultant. She is her campus’s TBR Mobilization & Emerging Technologies liaison, campus app distributor and faculty eMobilization mentor. She is a member of TBR’s eMobilization Executive Committee and Merlot team. And, she is a member of her college’s mobilization strategic planning team.  She evaluates mobile devices, apps, and web technologies for educational use. In addition to her listed roles, she is pursuing a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis at East Tennessee State University. She has 19 years of undergraduate teaching experience, has presented at regional, national and international conferences and looks forward to serving a leadership role, blending mobile and emerging technology with education.


Ann Musgrove, Florida Atlantic University

Ann is an Assistant Professor of Instructional Technology in the Department of Teaching and Learning at Florida Atlantic University. She teaches undergraduate and graduate course online and F2F. She embraces the philosophy of pedagogy before technology. She has a Certification in Online Learning from the Online Learning Consortium and develops and facilitates workshops including Multimodal Design, Exploring Interactive Videos Tools, New to Online – Introduction to Online Tools, and Converting your Course Content. Dr. Ann Musgrove enjoys working with faculty and administrative teams to create, administer and deliver meaningful and flexible learning environments. She develops and creates curriculum for faculty transitioning to online and blended courses. Ann has developed 2 courses that have been nationally recognized by Quality Matters (QM). She has extensive QM experience serving as an Institution Representative, Active Peer Reviewer in Higher Education, K-12, and Continuing Education, and is an online facilitator for the QM foundation course “Applying the Quality Matters Rubric”. annmusgrove.com


Ben Scragg, The Ohio State University

Ben works in the Office of Distance Education and eLearning at The Ohio State University, where he is the Program Manager for College Ready Ohio, a state-funded grant initiative aiming to bridge the worlds of K12 and higher education through teacher professional development, strategic technology implementation, and online/hybrid learning. In addition, Ben coordinates OSU’s GE Online initiative, which aims to develop beautiful online sections of high-enrollment general education courses. Ben has master’s degrees in educational philosophy and psychology and in business administration, both from The Ohio State University. A former high school educator and learning specialist with OSU’s student athletes, Ben is also an Associate Director with the non-profit iBELIEVE Foundation, which promotes leadership development in Appalachian youth.


Tara Tansil-Gentry, University of Tennessee at Martin

Tara is an Instructor in the Health & Human Performance Department at the University of Tennessee at the Martin campus, where she also serves as peer-to-peer trainer for faculty introducing technology in the classroom through the Instructional Technology Center. She is completely her doctorate degree in Educational Technology. Tara also serves under the direction of Dr. Robbie Melton as a member of the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) Mobilization and Emerging Technologies Team representing the University of Tennessee System campuses. The TBR Mobilization Team explores the impact, possibilities, and challenges of emerging technologies for increasing enrollment, retention, engagement, and graduate rates. Tara serves as a trainer, researcher, and pilots consultant in the area of fitness, health & wellness area for the TBR Mobilization Team. She reviews apps, devices, and wearable technology that impacts the fitness, health & wellness areas. Tara is a former Division I women’s basketball coach who brings 13 years of college coaching experience. She enjoys testing new technologies that have the potential to impact the classroom experience.


Frank Tomsic, Rush University

Frank is the Director of the McCormick Educational Technology Center at Rush University. He was the founding Director of Online Teaching and Learning at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, as well as the founding Director of Distance Education at Northwestern University School of Continuing Studies. A former teacher and corporate trainer, he earned his B.A. in teaching from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he studied language acquisition theory. He earned his M.S. in computing technology in education from Nova-Southeastern University where he focused on online learning environments. He also previously directed technology programs in both corporate and education environments, and is an active member of the Online Learning Consortium, iNACOL, and the eLearning Guild.