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Marilyn Dispensa

Instructional Technology Coordinator, Technology and Instructional Support Services

Phone:(607) 274-3647
E-mail:mdispensa@ithaca.edu
Office:102 A Job Hall
Ithaca, NY 14850

In November of 2007, I joined ITS as the Instructional Technology Coordinator, a new role with a commitment to support faculty in the effective use of technology for teaching and learning activities. I, with the rest of the  ITS staff involved with Instructional Support Services, provide consulting, training and support for our core technologies including Blackboard, classroom technologies, personal response systems, as well as the design, production, and distribution of audio and video. 

My approach is to focus on the teaching goals or problems first and then suggest the technology solutions that might best suit the needs. However, sometimes new technologies offer new possibilities so  I strive to be proactive in identifying new technologies or innovative uses of old technologies.  Together with the Faculty Commons, we also want to create an environment where faculty can learn and share good ideas and innovative approaches with each other.

During many years of doing laboratory research in the life sciences, I learned how valuable computers were doing research and communicating results. After leaving the lab bench, I received an M.A. in Instructional Design and Technology from the University of Iowa with a concentration in computer based instruction.  I have over 10 years of experience working at The University of Iowa, Cornel University, and Ithaca College working with faculty on the design and production of multimedia projects as well as front line customer service and support.