Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 4:15pm - 5:00pm
Room: Molly Brown
Alex Edgcomb finished his PhD in computer science at UC Riverside in 2014. He has continued working as a research specialist at UC Riverside with his PhD advisor, studying the efficacy of web-native content for STEM education. Edgcomb also works with zyBooks, a startup that develops interactive, web-native textbooks in STEM.
Frank Vahid is a professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of California, Riverside, and co-founder/chief technology officer of zyBooks. He is a pilot member of the University of California's Online Education project, co-developed an online C++ programming course used nationwide, authored several textbooks and recently several online interactive zyBooks, and received several teaching awards and two ASEE best paper awards. He also conducts research in embedded systems hardware and software design.
Ritchie Boyd is a principal strategist for Enterprise Consulting with Blackboard, Inc.. Previously he was the academic technology specialist in the Center for Faculty Excellence at Montana State University in Bozeman. His activities in higher education have been focused on developing and supporting instructional technology and e-learning opportunities for faculty and students, in addition to creating professional development opportunities for K-12 teachers and administrators. Among his current interests are emerging technologies, social networking tools, and their impact on education and society. Prior to joining MSU, Boyd was involved in faculty development and support for instructional technologies at the University of Wyoming and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has a B.A. and an M.A. in geology and geophysics from the University of California at Santa Barbara.