Anybody can be a traceur, and we invite anybody who is interested in discussing how we can best create students who are more open, caring, daring, voracious, collaborative, and creative to join us for our events and weekly discussions. Each year we will also select six official “fellows” to help create and guide the community on new and innovative projects and endeavors. The following is a list of our current fellows:
2012 Ed Parkour Fellows:
Michael Wesch, 2012 Ed Parkour Coordinator
Coffman Chair for University Distinguished Teaching Scholars
Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology and Digital Ethnography
2008 U.S. Professor of the Year
Kansas State University
Dubbed “the explainer” by Wired magazine, Michael Wesch is a cultural anthropologist exploring the effects of new media on society and culture. After two years studying the implications of writing on a remote indigenous culture in the rain forest of Papua New Guinea, he has turned his attention to the effects of social media and digital technology on global society. His videos on culture, technology, education, and information have been viewed over 20 million times, translated in over 20 languages, and are frequently featured at international film festivals and major academic conferences worldwide. Wesch has won several major awards for his work, including a Wired Magazine Rave Award, the John Culkin Award for Outstanding Praxis in Media Ecology, and he was recently named an Emerging Explorer by National Geographic. He has also won several teaching awards, including the 2008 CASE/Carnegie U.S. Professor of the Year for Doctoral and Research Universities.
Dept. of Human Nutrition
Kansas State University
Linda Yarrow teaches upper level nutrition courses at Kansas State Univ. and also works as a Clinical Registered Dietitian at a small rural hospital. Whether she is teaching students or patients, Linda is passionate about effective and creative teaching techniques. The continued advancement of technology has enabled Linda to engage in innovative teaching methods that enhance learning for her students and clients. Linda has delivered nutrition and technology presentations at local, state, and national conferences. She was recognized with an Innovator in Practice Award by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Linda continues to seek out innovative teaching techniques that are applicable across a broad spectrum of learning experiences. Within her courses, she actively engages her learners using a variety of techniques to includes Wikis and blogs. Her current focus in on developing games that can be used to teach nutrition topics for children through adults.
Associate Director, Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Instructor of Management, College of Business Administration
Kansas State University
As a part of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Jackson develops and leads a variety entrepreneurship initiatives in order to enhance the entrepreneurial environment at K-State and throughout Kansas. He has created experiential activities including a university-wide feasibility plan competition and professional mentoring program as well as leads the efforts to advance the social enterprise programs at the University. His teaching responsibilities include courses on Entrepreneurship, Social Entrepreneurship and Business Strategy. Jackson’s educational and professional experience is focused on entrepreneurship. Prior to his appointment at Kansas State University, Jackson was the Director of Entrepreneurial Development of the K-State Institute for Commercialization where he lead the K-State Angel Investor Network and worked with start-up companies spinning out of Kansas State University.
I am a faculty member and the Education Technology Integration Coordinator for the Kansas State University College of Education.I am an educational futurist who works to leverage technology for the benefit of learners. I am an educator, digital storyteller, blogger and digital change agent, artist and friend. I address a range of topics related to technology integration, distance learning, education, business and twenty-first century literacy. I am a catalyst for creative engagement and collaborative learning. Additionally, I am an experienced graphic designer, website designer, author and technology consultant. I have written and facilitated over $850,000 in technology grants in Kansas. Bear in mind, I am not a geek/techie. I know many geek/techies, and I am absolutely NOT one of them. Geek/Techies are excited by creating the technology. I am excited by what that technology can do and about discovering the possibilities. Technology is changing the way we do business, teach, and learn, in the 21st century, I am a part of that change.
Instructional designer, technologist, educator, and life-long learning addict, Ben Ward has developed and designed training programs, distance courses, face-to-face courses, and instructional games. Employed as an Instructional Designer for the Information Technology Assistance Center at Kansas State University, Ben regularly collaborates with a wide range of faculty in the creation of both online and face-to-face courses. His endeavors have included frequent presentations for faculty including regularly presenting at the Instructional Design & Technology Roundtable, providing consultation on pedagogy, tech support for faculty, and multimedia development of a variety of projects covering everything from bilingual feedlot safety training to computer security. He currently co-teaches Principles of College Teaching with Dr. Victoria Clegg. As a long-time advocate of student-centered learning, Ben is currently taking his focus on student learning experiences and combining it with his lifelong passion and love of games. He now offers a series of four-hour workshops on instructional game design for wide variety of audiences.
Joye Gordon, associate professor of mass communications and journalism at the A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Kansas State University, studies risk communication — communication about physical hazards. She was an early adopter of distance education via the Internet and enjoys expanding traditional learning environments with new technologies. Her students often find themselves blogging and producing YouTube videos.
Ashley, an instructor in the Division of Biology and Ph.D candidate within Curriculum and Instruction at Kansas State University, has a keen interest in understanding the ways in which technology can be used to improve student learning outcomes within the sciences. Her research includes the development of multimedia for introducing complex and abstract topics to students as well as the creation of web apps to harness the power of mobile learning.
2012 Ed Parkour Student Fellow:
A first year grad student, Steven is in the interesting position of experiencing edparkour as both student and beginning instructor. He is currently acting as Dr. Michael Wesch’s graduate assistant in regard to his appointment as the Coffman Chair for University Distinguished Teaching Scholars. An ardent lover of the liberal arts, Steven studied anthropology and political science as an undergrad and has since expanded his field of study to cultural studies, housed in the K-State English Department’s master’s program. He is interested in exploring the roles that stories and storytelling play in different cultures and what that tells us about the human condition. One particular subject he plans on studying in the future is how people use the Internet to tell their own stories and participate in the stories of others.