The Ed-Tech at EMU blog is intended for faculty and staff involved in online or hybrid education at Eastern Mennonite University. While the primary audience is internal to EMU, we also seek to offer our lessons learned, best practices, success (and failure) stories to the wider world of higher education. Comments and questions are welcome!

About the authors

Brian GummBrian R. Gumm is the Online Education Design Specialist for Eastern Mennonite University. In this role, Brian has been coordinating work on synchronous virtual classroom platforms, cross-institutional collaborative educational delivery (e.g. The Collaborative MBA), and building capacity for the planning and delivery of online and hybrid education at EMU faculty. Brian is a 2012 graduate of EMU’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (MA) and Seminary (MDiv), and came to this position with over ten years experience in information technology and a handful of teaching experiences at the college/university level.

jzs4826James E. Siburt serves as the academic advisor and oversees the EMU Core courses for the RN to BS in Nursing program at Eastern Mennonite University Lancaster. In this role, Jim has been designing courses, developing faculty, and teaching in the online and blended courses being offered. He has recently been partnering with Brian to help launch the first online RN to BS in Nursing cohort Fall 2015. Jim is a 2008 graduate of Lancaster Theological Seminary (MAR) and will be defending his dissertation for his Ph.D. in Leadership Studies Spring 2015. Jim brings over 15 years of experience in arts and technology and has over 8 years experience in online course design. His teaching experience in higher education is in online, blended, and traditional environments for both undergraduate and graduate courses.

While authors believe in and attempts to practice communal discernment  and dialogue within the learning community at EMU, the views expressed here aren’t necessarily reflective of the institution as a whole.