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John LeMasney is a father, artist, designer, consultant, technologist, open web advocate and open source evangelist living and working in New Jersey.
He is the Manager of Educational Technology Training and Outreach at Princeton University, responsible for training and presenting to faculty and students about the effective use of technology for communication, work, teaching and learning. He tries to help people get things done.
John received his Bachelor of Fine Arts with honors from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA in 1998.
He received his Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership (communication) with honors from Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ in 2009.
You can see his design work in a daily design blog at http://365sketches.org
The Educational Technology Centers at Princeton University have assisted faculty members at Princeton in using technology in teaching, learning, and research for more than two decades. In fact the present ETC had it roots in the ICGL, the Interactive Computing Graphics Laboratory, established at Princeton in 1974.
Things have changed quite a bit since then: the original purpose of
the laboratory was to allow graphics support for faculty, staff and
student projects. The work terminals used in the first lab on the fourth
story of the E-Quad, were connected to a mainframe computer, allowing
users to do complex visualizations of data and research. Today, each one
of us has a computer or portable device that exceeds the capabilities
of that mainframe.
Just because computing has become smaller, cheaper and almost
ubiquitous in our daily lives, it doesn’t always mean that it’s always
easy to pick the best solution for a need. When ETC assumed its present
name in 1999, the tagline for this group was “technology consultants for
faculty.” That remains ETC’s mission. For more than two decades, we
have been working with Princeton faculty members on projects that
combine their scholarship with current technology.
We’re here to help.
Do you need some advice on how to use an interesting new technology in your course? Do you have a teaching or research project that could benefit from IT?
Here are a few examples of the sorts of services we provide:
The integrated outreach effort centered on the Lunch ‘n Learn Information Technology seminars has just received a gold medal for Best Practices in Communications in the 2009 CASE II Accolades Awards. CASE, the Council for Support and Advancement of Education, makes annual awards to educational institutions in 40 different categories, including alumni relations, communications, design, development, grant writing, magazines, marketing, news writing, photography, portals, publications, and Web.
For more than 15 years, Princeton University’s Office of Information Technology has sponsored the lunch time series featuring speakers with varied affiliations exploring a wide array of cutting edge technology topics. During the past four years, Academic Services‘ Education and Outreach Services have sought to transform the existing series into fully integrated outreach, with these blog posts, high quality podcasts, RSS feeds, and through Facebook, demonstrating how a small outreach office with sophisticated collaboration tools can leverage its resources.
With the presidential election less than a month away, and with market volatility at levels that are unprecedented for generations, we can all hope that November 4 generates an unambiguous result, at least for the presidential race. In the aftermath of the 2000 election debacle, we all share the additional hope that each of our votes will be accurately counted.
During 2007, two speakers in our Lunch ‘n Learn series summarized the inherent difficulties of current vote-tabulating technologies. J. Alex Halderman described the efforts of Princeton researchers to examine several widely used electronic voting systems. In the wake of that analysis, which discovered that the machines were susceptible to attacks that could alter election results, Computer Scientist Andrew Appel spoke of the need for Voter-Verifiable paper ballots and random hand audits of selected precincts.