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Juliette Bentley

Instructor, Mt St. Michael's College

Queensland, Australia

Juliette Bentley has taught in Queensland since 1989. She has contributed to several English textbooks for Jacaranda Wiley and Pearson Publishing houses, as well as to Business and Geography texts. Her passion is in helping students find their authorial voice and unleashing their creativity both inside and outside the classroom, using digital applications to engage students and provide authentic audiences both locally and internationally. She completed her Masters in 2014 and is now a doctoral candidate at Sydney University. She considers herself a digital bowerbird, picking through applications and plucking the most intuitive, productive, pedagogically effective and user-friendly tools which she then shares with colleagues in ways that can be immediately applied in the classroom. She uses Adobe Spark as a foundational tool for her learning resources, and she presents practical professional development workshops both nationally and internationally. Last year she presented at EduTech Asia in Singapore the Asia-Europe Foundation ClassNet Conference in Helsinki as a panelist and seeks to help teachers make connections between digital applications, the curriculum and real-world contexts.

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Jeff Burke

Professor In-Residence, Department of Theater and Associate Dean, Technology and Innovation, UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television

University of California Los Angeles, USA

Jeff Burke is a three-time UCLA alumnus (B.S., M.S., electrical engineering; M.F.A., film, television and digital media) who has produced, managed, programmed and designed experimental performances, short films, new genre art installations and new facility construction internationally for more than 18 years. In addition to his role developing technology and innovation strategy at UCLA TFT, his research explores the intersections of computer networks and storytelling — in particular, how artists shape the emerging digital means used to tell stories. In 2004, Burke co-founded UCLA TFT’s Center for Research in Engineering, Media and Performance (REMAP), a collaboration with the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, which combines research, artistic production and community engagement. At REMAP, Burke’s research has been supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and NEA, Intel, Cisco, Trust for Mutual Understanding and the MacArthur Foundation. From 2006-2012, he was area lead for participatory sensing at the NSF Center for Embedded Networked Sensing, helping to define a new application arena for mobile devices. Since 2010, he has been a co-PI and application team lead for the Named Data Networking project, a multi-campus effort supported by the NSF and an international consortium to develop a future Internet architecture, most recently supported through a joint Intel/NSF award for research on advanced platforms for augmented reality. In 2014, he received a three-year Google Focused Award on the “Future of Storytelling,” to explore the intersection of storytelling and coding through research and production of original, interdisciplinary digital media works at UCLA TFT.

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Tasha Burke-Peart

Technology Program Specialist, School District of Palm Beach County Department of Educational Technology

Florida, USA

Tasha Burke-Peart is currently a Technology Program Specialist for the School District of Palm Beach County, the 10th largest school district in the nation. Tasha has her BA in Sociology from Northwestern University and an ALA-accredited Masters of Science in Information from Florida State University. She has over 15 years of experience in education as a school library media specialist at both the primary and secondary levels where her students learned digital and media literacy skills as well as created various multimedia projects. Her passion is assuring that all students have access to the powerful suite of Adobe Creative Cloud tools for content creation.

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Nicole Barr

Professor of Graphic Design & Multimedia and Teacher of Graphic Design, Photography, & Drawing

Santa Barbara High School and Santa Barbara City College, California USA

As a "seasoned vet" in the teaching profession I have had the privilege of introducing students of all levels to drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, graphic design, and photography. As a High School & College educator for almost 20 years I have taught apps such as Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Lightroom and as many of the Adobe mobile apps as I can introduce in a semester. I am a mom and a wife and I also work part time as a graphic designer and an artist.

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Ross Buttery

Deputy Head of Department - Media and IT

MidKent College, Kent, United Kingdom

I have been working in education for 10 years, with my main specialism being in Media. My main area is Video Production, however can turn my hand to many other applications. I am married with two children (8 and 10). I live in Kent, England.

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Jeremiah Baumann

Assistant Director of Creative and Technology Services

Michigan Technological University, Michigan, USA

Jeremiah Baumann works as the Assistant Director, Creative and Technology Services at Michigan Technological University. With his M.S. in Integrated Marketing Communications, Jeremiah enjoys teaching at multiple college campuses incorporating creativity and Adobe products into each course. He uses his technical communications and business background to help train and educate people of all ages on the latest creative, marketing and digital media practices.

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Ryan Bitzegaio

Assistant Professor of Graphic Design

Coastal Carolina University, South Carolina USA

Ryan Bitzegaio is an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at Coastal Carolina University. He is a wide-ranging designer with professional experience in illustration, motion graphics, live television production, web and app development, game design and branding. His most recent personal creative practice revolves around the importance and impact of play on the creative process.

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Jeff Clemens

Program Coordinator

Bow Valley College, Alberta, Canada

Jeff is a former journalist and digital marketer turned educator. Working in the post secondary system Jeff built a digital marketing program at Bow Valley College in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Then helped to supervise and also build a new digital design program as well. A creative thinker Jeff has always tried to be at the forefront of technology and loves trying new things. He is currently working on his Masters in Learning and Technology from Royal Roads University. You can find Jeff all over the internet under the nickname jclemy.

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David Cornford

Teacher, Wadalba Community School

New South Wales, Australia

David is an avid photographer and film maker since an early age. His passion for multimedia has developed over a life time. For the past 15 years he has been an educator in the N.S.W. public education system, teaching multimedia to countless number of students to become industry leaders. He also has many hobbies such as a keen pilot travelling and documenting the wild and beauty of Australia, scuba diving the amazing waters around Australia and many parts of the world. David’s passion for multimedia and teaching the brilliant Adobe products has created a partnership that seems to just incredible.

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Craig Daalmeijer-Power

Head Teacher, Photography Screen Media, Nepean Arts & Design Centre

Tafe NSW Western Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Craig is the Head Teacher of Photography and Screen & Media at Nepean Arts & Design Centre within the Creative & Design Ideation skills team within TAFENSW. He is an innovative educator with over 20 years experience within the Art & Design field and using Adobe products extensively across his career. Graphic designer, video editor and professional photographer with extensive skills in Art, Design, Screen and Digital Media. He enjoys technology and challenges and is always pushing the boundaries of what is possible whether in the physical or virtual world. As a multi-disciplinary teacher, he finds great pride in seeing the students rise to a challenge and gain skills and competencies within their chosen skill set and to expand their knowledge in not only one discipline but to have available to opportunity to cross over to where ever their heart desires. This is the drive that keeps him passionate about teaching and managing the centre of creative excellence within Western Sydney, Australia.

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Michelle Dennis

Head of Digital Learning and Innovation, Strathcona Baptist Girls Grammar School

Victoria, Australia

Michelle Dennis is the Head of Digital Learning and Innovation at Strathcona Baptist Girls School in Melbourne, Australia. Since completing her own qualifications in Computer Science, she has long been an advocate for increasing girls participation in IT, a topic about which she studied this area in her Masters of Education and presented at conferences and on national TV. She is passionate using a Design Thinking framework within her courses and has developed curriculum with strong cross-curricular links including VR Development, Robotics and Media studies.

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Chari Distler

Academic Technology Teacher

North Broward Preparatory School, Coconut Creek, Florida USA

Chari Distler (@chadisnb) Is a middle school and high school teacher at the North Broward Preparatory School and lives in Parkland, Florida. She currently teaches programming and robotics and has taught classes in Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. Her students create and share projects using Adobe Spark to showcase their understanding of learning in all her classes. Chari has presented EdTech at numerous national conventions for several years. Chari holds a Master of Arts and a BFA from NYIT.

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Osi Ejiofor

Assistant Head Teacher STEM

Southwood Primary School, Essex, United Kingdom

Osi Ejiofor is currently an Assistant Head Teacher of STEM in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, one of the EdTech50 UK and founder of Osi's Tech Tips (@osistechtips). Within 13 year of experience in Primary education, he has taught and led in Computing and ICT for over 8 years across three London boroughs, developing the use of technology in each school. He uses his experience in the effectiveness of technology in the classroom to provide professional training and is an event speaker, helping schools transform their use of the technology they already have.

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Ted Fox Joyce

Head of Visual Arts

Langley Park School for Girls, Kent, United Kingdom

Ted Fox Joyce is a teacher of Visual Arts and Artist/Photographer. He has been teaching at secondary schools for 18 years and has been Head of Visual Arts at Langley Park School for Girls for the 13 years. As a practising Artist/Photographer, Ted is very interested in both traditional analogue processes, and digital technologies; combining the two in my workflow. Langley Park School for Girls has over 1,700 students, many of these students are involved in the creative subjects offered including Drama, Dance, Music and the Visual Arts. Over the last 2 years, Ted has been working on developing the use of digital technologies, to enhance our students’ experiences and aid them to express their developing ideas. Ted is especially interested in technology as a way to develop approaches to ‘blended learning’; creating engaging resources to aid teaching and learning beyond the ‘bricks and mortar’ of the school environment.

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Karen Freberg

Associate Professor in Strategic Communication

University of Louisville, Kentucky USA

Karen Freberg (@kfreberg) is an Associate Professor in Strategic Communications at the University of Louisville. Freberg is also a research consultant in social media and crisis communications and has worked with several organizations and agencies such as Firestorm Solutions, Hootsuite, The Breeders’ Cup, Kentucky Derby Festival, IMC Agency, DHS, CDC, National Center for Food Protection and Defense (NCFPD), Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates, and the Colorado Ski Association. This experience lead her to be a 2015 Plank Center Fellow for General Motors (GM), where her responsibility was to work with the PR and social media teams forming best practices and recommendations on social media measurement strategies and influencer marketing practices. Freberg has coordinated and advised various companies on the areas of social media pedagogy and certification programs, such as Hootsuite (Advanced Social Media Certification and #HootAmb), Meltwater (certification program and contributor), Adobe (EDUMax Thought Leader), and HubSpot (Education program and podcast). Freberg also launched a social media educators community on FB and Twitter (@SMprofessors) for professors, practitioners, and professionals in the education industry to share resources, brainstorm ideas, and collaborate on projects to bridge the gap between education and practice.

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Allen Garcie

Associate Professor of Digital Arts

Louisiana State University Shreveport, Louisiana USA

Allen Garcie is a Shreveport-based educator, trainer, designer, and all-around creative thinker with over 20 years of combined professional and teaching experience in the field of design and other forms of digital media. He is currently an Associate Professor within the LSUS Digital Arts Program where he teaches a number of design courses to include website design/development, interactive design, and creative problem solving/design thinking. In his career, he has received national recognition and several national awards, as well as multiple ADDY advertising awards, for his designs. He holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in graphic design from Louisiana Tech University, master’s degrees in both education and graphic design from Northwestern State University, a bachelor’s degree in graphic design from LSU Shreveport, and, most recently, attended the Husso Plattner Institute of Design (d.school) at Stanford University.

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Abby Guido

Assistant Professor, Graphic and Interactive Design

Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Temple University, Pennsylvania USA

Abby Guido is an Assistant Professor of Graphic and Interactive Design at Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Temple University, specializing in branding, design for the screen, and information design (infographics). She is as passionate about teaching as she is about file organization.

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Manuel Herrera

Innovation Coordinator

Affton School District, St. Louis, Missouri USA

Manuel is an educator, a consultant and doodler. He currently serves as the Innovation Coordinator and Design Space Facilitator for the Affton School District, a suburban St. Louis school district. He is an adjunct professor at Webster University teaching Digital Video for Educators and Designing Ed Tech Facilities. In addition to these roles, Manuel is the Communications and Design Lead for Connected Learning, an educational non-profit located in St. Louis. Manuel has presented and lead workshops at educational conferences like SXSWEdu, ISTE, TCEA, MassCUE and FETC. In 2018 he became a Google Innovator at LAX18 and in 2016 he was named the Midwest Education Technology Conference Spotlight Educator. You can follow Manuel on Twitter and Instagram at @manuelherrera33

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Catherine Hersberger

Lehrbeauftragte / Lecturer

Hochschule Augsburg und Akademie Faber-Castell Stein, München Germany

Catherine Hersberger founded "Gestaltungsbüro Hersberger‟ in 1989. After her graduation from the College of Design in Basel/Switzerland (1984) she worked for design offices in Munich. While working as a designer she utilizes her deep knowledge from an era before the worldwide web into current requirements for successful visual and virtual design. According to current industry demands, she studied again: type design (CAS) and achieved her Master of Advanced Studies in Typography at the University of "Hochschule der Künste‟, Zurich/Switzerland. 2014 she became an expert of examination for graphic designers in Switzerland (EFZ = Eidgenössisches Fähigkeitszeugnis) in canton St. Gallen and Basel. Since 2016 she has taught typography at the University in Augsburg and at the Academy Faber-Castell in Nuremberg. She is member of the TGM (Typografische Gesellschaft München), Forum Typographie and Swiss Graphic Designers. She pursues immersion study trips to cultures such as Armenia, India, Tibet and China.

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Justin Hodgson

Assistant Professor of Digital Rhetoric

Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana USA

Justin Hodgson is an Assistant Professor of Digital Rhetoric in the English Department at Indiana University. His teaching and research explores the intersections of rhetorical studies, new media studies, play and game theory, art and aesthetics, and digital learning. Hodgson’s forthcoming book, Post-Digital Rhetoric and The New Aesthetic (OSUP, March 2019), takes up with the matters and offers a set of operative/inventive guides for knowing, making, and doing in a post-digital culture. Hodgson is also the Founding Editor of The Journal for Undergraduate Multimedia Projects (jumpplus.net), which showcases amazing undergraduate digital media work as well as serves as pedagogical resource. As a teacher, Hodgson’s courses recast writing and rhetoric as inherently an act of mediation and extend student capacities as authors/communicators into and across digital media platforms (from video production to the making of images, from digital storytelling to experience design). He is a husband and father of two, and shares various musing (with varying frequency) at justinhodgson.wordpress.com.

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Megan Jacobs

Associate Professor, University of New Mexico Honors College

New Mexico, USA

Megan Jacobs is an Associate Professor in the Honors College at the University of New Mexico where she teaches interdisciplinary courses that draw upon art, philosophy, and material culture. Her artwork has been exhibited nationally and internationally and has been part of exhibitions at Saatchi Gallery (online), the Museum of New Art (MONA), the Pingyao International Photography Festival, Pingyao, China, GoEun Museum of Photography, Busan, Korea, Unitec Institute of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand, the International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA). Jacobs’ work has been featured in Musee Magazine, Lenscratch, Feature Shoot, Frankie Magazine, Fraction Magazine and other publications.

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Diana Keeler

Manager of Digital Production

Occidental College, Los Angeles, California USA

Diana Keeler is a media instructor and filmmaker in Los Angeles, California. She works as the Manager of Digital Production in the Media Arts & Culture department at Occidental College and teaches in the ArtCenter for Teens program at ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena. Her courses involve creating projects in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Character Animator, Premiere, After Effects, Dreamweaver, and XD. Originally from Silicon Valley, she loves playing with technology and learning new things.

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Andrew King

Lecturer of Animation and Game Design

Clarendon Sixth, Tameside College, Manchester, United Kingdom

Andrew is a digital creative, consultant and educator based in Manchester, UK specialising in the fields of play, move and fun. He has developed sector leading provision in Animation and Game design at Clarendon Sixth Form College with hundreds of successful graduates all over the world. When not teaching, Andrew can be found photographing flora and fauna in the moors and valleys of the Peak District.

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Katie Krcmarik

Assistant Professor of Practice and Visual Communications Coordinator

University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska USA

Katie Krcmarik is an Assistant Professor of Practice and the Visual Communications Coordinator for the College of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. She teaches and coordinates the foundational visual communications courses for the college that focus on seven core areas—typography, layout, audio, video, photo, mobile, and web. In her free time, she is a regular at the campus makerspace, Innovation Studio, where she works on projects ranging from screenprinting to weaving to projects on the laser cutter including an entire room made out of cardboard.

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Barbara Lenormand

Seventh Grade Teacher, Aurora Middle School

Alberta, Canada

Barbara Lenormand is a middle school teacher in Lac La Biche, Alberta, Canada. She teaches humanities and multimedia. Her multimedia courses involve creating projects in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere Pro, After Effects and this year she is trying out Premiere Rush with her students. Barbara also offers Adobe sessions to other teachers. As she is originally from France. Barbara is able to offer her courses both in French and English.

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Kristen McAuley

Lecturer, Penn State, Pennsylvania USA

Kristen McAuley teaches in the marketing department at Penn State Behrend in Erie, PA. She has a background in social media management and media production. Currently she teaches Principles of Marketing, Advertising, and Social Media courses. Her classes include an element of digital fluency through projects that involve essential content creation skills such as: writing for the web, filming and editing video content, and using software to create marketing design assets.

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Kyle Pace

Director of Technology

Grain Valley School District, Lee's Summit, Missouri USA

Former elementary teacher, instructional technology coach, and now a Director of Technology. Google Innovator and Trainer.

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Nicholas Provenzano

Makerspace Director and Technology Coordinator

University Liggett School, Gross Pointe Woods, Michigan USA

Nicholas Provenzano is a Makerspace Director and Technology Coordinator at University Liggett School in Michigan. He feels lucky to be able to travel the world and connect with educators with varied backgrounds to exchange ideas. He has written two best-selling books, The Maker Mentality and Your Starter Guide to Makerspaces, that can be found on Amazon. Nicholas also spends time writing on his blog, TheNerdyTeacher.com and sharing the awesome things students are designing and building in their makerspace.

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Dr. Rochelle (Shelley) Rodrigo

Associate Director Writing Program and Associate Professor in Rhetoric, Composition, and the Teaching of English

University of Arizona, Tucson, USA

Rochelle (Shelley) Rodrigo is Associate Director Writing Program, Online Writing, and Associate Professor in Rhetoric, Composition, and the Teaching of English (RCTE) in the Department of English at the University of Arizona. She researches how “newer” technologies better facilitate communicative interactions, specifically teaching and learning. As well as co-authoring three editions of The Wadsworth/Cengage Guide to Research, Shelley also co-edited Rhetorically Rethinking Usability (Hampton Press). Her scholarly work has appeared in Computers and Composition, C&C Online, Technical Communication Quarterly, Teaching English in the Two-Year College, EDUCAUSE Quarterly, Journal of Interactive Technology & Pedagogy, Enculturation¸ as well as various edited collections. In 2014 she was awarded Old Dominion University’s annual Teaching with Technology Award and in 2012 the Digital Humanities High Powered Computing Fellowship.

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Jonathan Rogers

Master Journalism Advisor, Language Arts and Journalism Teacher

Iowa City High School, Iowa USA

At City High, Jonathan advises The Little Hawk journalism program. Dow Jones named Jonathan a Distinguished Adviser in 2013 and in 2015 he was named Iowa High School Journalism Teacher of the Year. Jonathan speaks nationally at education and technology conferences on digital journalism, media literacy, bringing student voice into all classes through blogging, using social media, powerful non-fiction writing, video storytelling, media literacy and truth seeking.

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Francesca Sampietro

Media Arts Instructor, Accademia di Belle Arti Sanremo

Imperia, Italy

Francesca graduated in Advertising at the Milan New Art Academy (NABA) in 1999 and then worked in the creative industry for the following five years. She specialized in web design and video making, which allowed her to work in the Italian video industry for three years.

As she started working in video editing with Apple’s Final Cut, she also got a position as Apple Specialist at an Apple store in Milan for six years. Then she decided to go back to her native town, Sanremo, where she currently teaches Graphic Design, Adobe Software and Art Direction at the Accademia di Belle Arti (Academy of Fine Arts). She can therefore devote time to both her personal artistic journey and the organization of a couple of exhibitions per year, usually involving some of her students too. It has now been 25 years since Francesca first began using Adobe products, and what she finds extremely fascinating and exciting about them is that she still continues to discover and learn new things, experiment new approaches, share with colleagues and, most of all, inspire the new generation of students.

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Keenan Sultanik

Professor of Visual Arts and Media

West Coast Baptist College, California USA

Keenan Sultanik directs the Visual Arts program of West Coast Baptist College and teaches courses in design, communications, media, technology, and education. He has experience founding a startup web development studio and in photography, graphic and interactive design, web and app development, video production, and 3D modeling. He is currently an MFA candidate in Graphic Design and works passionately to train the next generation in effective visual arts with a distinctive ministry emphasis.

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Tobias Trofast

Lecturer in Graphic Production and Communication

Linköpings Universitet, Sweden

Tobias Trofast is a lecturer in Media Production at Linköping University in Sweden with more than fifteen years of teaching experience. His teaching focuses on color theory, color reproduction, color management, analog and digital publishing, prepress and printing technologies and graphic materials. He is currently the main examiner for the following course modules: Media Production - Processes and Tools; Document Production and Publishing; Image Production; Packaging Design and Product Display; Prepress and Printing Technologies.

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Adam Valuckas

Associate Director of Multimedia, Colorado State University/Semester at Sea

Fort Collins, Colorado USA

Adam Valuckas is the Associate Director Of Multimedia for Semester at Sea. He produces marketing content, instructs staff on Adobe software, and provides academic feedback for media courses. FortCollins.media is a photo and video company Adam runs in his free time. When he's not working, he enjoys archery, gaming, camping, photography, Lego, and glorious project management spreadsheets (sorry, that is work).

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Joost van der Hoeven

Audio-visual Designer and Teacher

MBO College Hilversum, Amsteram and Hilversum Netherlands

Joost van der Hoeven is an independent motion graphic designer with over 15 years experience. Besides working as a designer, Joost is a certified trainer for the creative software he uses daily. Since 2016 Joost teaches animation and post production at the media faculty of the ROCvA (vocational education) near Amsterdam. Joost is a creative designer and passionate teacher. His audio-visual courses are custom-made, focused first on know-why, rather than know-how. “When you know why you want to tell a story a certain way, finding out how to achieve this automatically follows,” is his philosophy.

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Dr. Adam Wagler

Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska, Lincoln

Nebraska, USA

Adam Wagler, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of advertising and public relations at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s College of Journalism and Mass Communications. His professional background and research interests revolve around interaction design, owned media, emerging technology, user experience and cognition. Six years of professional work has been supplemented by several grant projects building websites, mobile and VR apps and other digital projects.

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Birgitta Wahlers

LaAV for Art and Media Art

Domincus von Linprun Gymnasium, Staatliche Realschule Viechtach, Germany

As a teacher for Visual Art, Media Art and Photography on different kind of schools in South Germany, I have the pleasure to bring students closer to creativity. Since nine years I teach media art as a free subject on regular schools with the main focus on photography, using the Adobe apps Lightroom and Photoshop, filmmaking with Premiere Pro and drawing with Illustrator. Besides being a teacher and a mother of two kids I work as an freelance artist.

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Mark Wood

Senior Professional Tutor and Programme Leader for the BA Graphic Design

Liverpool Hope University, United Kingdom

I work across a broad range of graphic design, touching on fine art, and photography. Sharing such interdisciplinary ideas are the foundations of my teaching, which demands, drawing, being fluent in typography, and knowing the computer, as essential skills that sit alongside entrepreneurship, personnel management, and theoretical research. Teaching has always been the central part of my practice, whether that is in a formal education setting, or directly with the creative industries. I have decades of experience delivering commercial training in applications such as Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, Lightroom, and Illustrator. In 2018 I returned to academic life in my new role as Programme Leader for a brand new BA Graphic Design, at Liverpool Hope University. Research interests include exploring multi-touch book authoring; using the unique characteristics of tablet devices such as iPads to host interactive learning experiences. Though at heart I am a printmaker and value the tactile qualities of print on paper. In recent years I have been recruited as a product ambassador for BenQ, X-Rite, and DxO. In 2014 Apple invited me to write the course-ware for their productivity applications, Pages, Numbers, and Keynote. I am a colour management expert with a deep understanding of technology. Knowing the computer, as I do, frees me to create and draw fluidly with leading edge software applications.

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