Scott has worked as an Instructional Technologist at Western Oregon University since July 2000, helping faculty, staff and students improve teaching and promote student learning through the use of technology. In addition to overseeing the Technology Resource Center within the Hamersly Library, Scott provides training and expertise on a variety of topics, including Web page creation, digital video production, print-on-demand and ebook publishing, and many software applications related to publishing, distribution, and education in all its forms. He was the principal support person support person of WOU’s various LMS tools for over ten years (WebCT, Moodle), overseeing a 1000% growth in the number of courses using online course shells. Chiefly due to this growth, a new Moodle Support Team was formed in the summer of 2013, and Scott is now one of numerous people offering support for all of WOU’s many online courses.
In his other life, he is also an award-winning fiction writer. His debut novel, The Last Great Getaway of the Water Balloon Boys was hailed by Publishers Weekly as a “touching and impressive debut” and won the prestigious Oregon Book Award. In recent years, he’s also taken advantage of the revolutionary changes in the publishing industry to go straight to readers — with Print-On-Demand, ebooks, etc. — and he’s been delighted to help the WOU faculty learn how to take advantage of these same technologies.
Over the years, Scott has provided service to the university in a number of capacities, including as Administrative Support Council president (2009-2010), and as a member of various committees and interdepartmental groups: the PT3 grant, (Preparing Tomorrow Teachers to Use Technology), the Online Support Team, and the Online Education Advisory Committee, to name three key ones. In past lives, he has been a bookstore owner, the manager of a computer training company, and a ski instructor, though the most important job — and best — he’s ever had is being the father of his two children.
As an Instructional Technologist with Western Oregon University, some of what Scott does includes the following:
- Assistance with the development of distance courses — including online, video, and hybrid classes
- One-on-one and group training on using Moodle for online courses and as a supplement to face-to-face teaching
- Desktop design and graphics help with academic projects; assistance with “indie publishing” to print or ebook
- One-on-one tutoring on a variety of technology-related topics — Web design and graphic design, Microsoft programs, iMovie, etc.
- In-class demonstrations to students on PowerPoint, Dreamweaver, or other topics
- Digital video and audio creation and training
- Brainstorming instructional solutions
Office: Hamersly Library | Technology Resource Center (HL 123)
Western Oregon University
345 N. Monmouth Ave.
Monmouth, OR 97361