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R. Dana Ulveland - Bio

      I did my undergraduate work at the University of Alberta, majoring in philosophy and English. Taught elementary and junior high for five years. I then pursued graduate work at the University of Oregon and Doctoral work at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia. My research was in, and continues to be in, the area of philosophy of education, technology, and media.

      My initial interest in technology developed while using music technologies (MIDI synthesizers and sequencers) personally and in the classroom. When I was in high school I turned my parentŐs basement into a recording studio. It began as a fairly modest endeavor (this was before the advent of digital recording equipment). I had an 8 track reel to reel tape recorder, sound board, mics, etc.. At the time, all of this seemed pretty exciting. Of course, it was difficult to replicate what major studios were doing because they had the money to bring in any type of musician to play any type of instrument. Plus, the major studios had some pretty impressive sounding synthesizers and sound samplers (all in about the $50,000 range, which in todayŐs money would be closer to $100,000). Anything I could afford was pretty limited in comparison. But, as you know, computer-based equipment started to take off. Synthesizers started to become affordable. The personal computer was marketed as something affordable. And, before long, it was easy to be sitting with a 64 track digital recording outfit. Anyway, enough reminiscing. Suffice it to say that I became interested in computer technologies through music.

      I taught for a number of years in the public school system, and maintained my technology interest as a teacher. I was the computer coordinator of the school, and I developed one of the first electronic music labs for student composition and performance in the province.

      After teaching for five years, and completing a Masters in Computers in Education at the University of Oregon, I began my Doctoral research at Simon Fraser University. My area of study focused on the ontology of technology and the human implications that emerge through phenomenological and existential examination.

      Eventually I moved to Alabama where I taught at Auburn University at Montgomery, Alabama, for three years. In 1998, I moved to Oregon to teach at Western Oregon University.

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