Collaborative Spaces Webinar Bios

Todd Hughes, Duquesne University

Todd joined Duquesne last year after 22 years of working in education and technology at Geneva College where he was an Adjunct Assistant Professor and Technology Specialist in charge of their multimedia studios. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Communication and a Master’s Degree in Higher Education both from Geneva College. Currently he is an Instructional Technology Engineer within the Media Services Center where he is responsible for the design and implementation of classroom technologies.

Lauren Turin, Duquesne University

Lauren started working in the Media Services and Distribution Center at Duquesne shortly after she completed her Masters in Instructional Technology from Duquesne in 2004. Prior to Duquesne she worked as an industrial engineer at AT&T Microelectronics in their Office Automation department then moved into a role of computer support/instructional technologist in the K-12 environment. Currently as the manager of Duquesne’s Media Services Center, she oversees a staff of four fulltime employees who design, install and maintain the technologies of the campus spaces.

Joanna Schmidt, Texas Christian University

Joanna Schmidt is the Classroom Integration Developer (CID) in the Koehler Center for Teaching Excellence at Texas Christian University. As the CID and Building Manager for Rees-Jones Hall, Joanna provides faculty development for teaching and technology in the new Next Generation and Smart Classrooms in order to promote student engagement and assessment. Joanna was also the Assistant Director of TCU’s New Media Writing Studio where she supported teachers developing multimodal and non-traditional assignments, as well as teaching students to use alternate composing tools. Joanna earned her bachelor’s degree from George Fox University in Writing & Literature and her master’s degree from Portland State University in Writing and Book Publishing. Before teaching at TCU, Joanna taught in higher education in Oregon and was a freelance editor. She is currently a doctoral candidate at TCU in Rhetoric and Composition studying intersections of technology, space, and faculty development regarding pedagogical practices.

Briley Rooney, University of Central Florida

Briley Rooney is currently the Lead Programmer and Designer for the Office of Instructional Resources at the University of Central Florida. For 7 years, Briley has been with UCF’s OIR department where he has held previous titles as Senior Programmer and Senior Broadcast Engineer. Briley has been responsible for designing, troubleshooting, configuring, installing, maintaining, and programming over 500 multimedia systems. Briley is a Certified Crestron Programmer, Digital Media Certified Engineer, and working towards his CTS certification. Briley also holds certifications in Lighting Control Systems Programming and Professional Audio. With a degree in Audio Engineering and a background rooted in studio recording and show production, Briley relocated to Central Florida from the Midwest to further his studies and to expand his knowledge of the audio-visual industry.

Willie Franklin, Otterbein University - Moderator

Willie currently serves as a Senior Technology Specialist in the Information and Technology Services Department at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio. He has served as the Former Director of the Instructional Support Services Department at Otterbein University. He's also the sole proprietor of Franklin Electronics Repair and Franklin DJ Services. He holds degrees from DeVry University and Otterbein University.