Dave DannenbergDirector and Assistant Professor of Instructional Technology
(907) 786-4447
Professional Blog Ramblings on the Last Frontier
On Twitter @YorPalDave


Dave has been the director of the UAA Faculty Technology Center since 2012. As Director he dreams up new ways to design and deliver learning using a variety of new and innovative technologies. A lifelong conservationist, Dave previously worked for The Nature Conservancy where he designed, implemented and managed the Conservancy’s learning portals and online courses. In 2013 Dave completed his Ph.D. in Instructional Design and Technology from Virginia Tech, with a research focus on how online virtual technologies can enhance education. Dave is also married, has three brilliant children and a houseful of pets he wished lived elsewhere.He dreams of playing the banjo one day.

Book Chapters

  • (2010). New Life for Corporate Training. In Vincenti, Giovanni, & Braman, James (Eds.), Teaching through Multi-User Virtual Environments. Hersey, PA: IGI Global.
  • Dannenberg, David R, & Evan, Michael A. (2010). Endogenous Learning in Multi User Virtual Environments. Annetta, L.A., and Bronack, S. Serious Educational Game Assessment: Practical Methods and Models for Educational Games, Simulations and Virtual Worlds. Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Sense Publishers.
  • Articles

  • Evans, Michael A., & Dannenberg, David R. (2009, October). Introducing Games and Virtual Worlds into the Classroom: Opportunities for Teaching, Learning, and Professional Development. The Teacher Educators' Journal – Special On-line Issue, Fall 2009, 1-5.
  • (2010, April). Help! I found a Baby Bunny. Boy's Quest.
  • (2004). The Nature Conservancy: Writing to Protect. Intercom Magazine, December 2004
  • Invited Presentations

  • (2011, May). Visibility and Collaboration: Adding to Your Team's Value. Using Social Media and Collaboration, Elearning Guild online forum.
  • (2010, June). Building a Global Learning Community. Moodle Moot Austin, Austin, TX
  • Presentations and Workshops

  • (2011, November). Institutional Adoption of Virtual Worlds. 2011 AECT Annual Convention, Jacksonville, FL.
  • (2011, November). Getting Started with Moodle 2.0. 2011 AECT Annual Convention, Jacksonville, FL.
  • (2011, March). Visibility and Collaboration: Adding to Your Team's Value. 2011 Learning Solutions Conference, Orlando, FL.
  • Dannenberg, David R., & Evans, Michael A. (2010, October). Virtual Space: A Case Study of AECT's Design and Development Second Life Room. 2010 AECT Annual Convention, Anaheim, CA.
  • Watson, C. Edward, & Dannenberg, David R. (2010, March). SoTL and 3D Immersive Environments. SoTL Commons, Statesboro, GA.
  • (2010, February). Conservation MUVEs: Exploring the Use of Multi-User Virtual Environments in International Conservation Training. Eastern Educational Research Association, Savannah, GA.
  • Brenner, Aimee, M. & Dannenberg, David R. (2009, October). What Can a 'Second Life' Mean to K-12 Educators: Exploring the Educational Applications of a Virtual World? 41st Annual International Visual Literacy Association, Chicago, IL
  • Dannenberg, David R., & Brenner, Aimee M. (2009, October). Education in Second Life. 41st Annual International Visual Literacy Association, Chicago, IL.
  • (2009, August). Making the Virtual Case. eLearning Guild's Incorporating Games and Gaming Techniques into your e-Learning, online forum.
  • Dannenberg, David R., Slater, Todd, & Carpenter, Chanda. (2009, March). Going Global. How TNC Built a Course for the World. eLearning Guild's 2009 Annual Gathering, Orlando, FL.


    Luoise ButlerAssistant to the Director/ Office Manager
    (907) 786-4466




    Heather NashAssistant Director, Instructional Design
    (907) 786-6520



    Heather Nash is Assistant Director of Instructional Design Services for UAA's Academic Innovations and eLearning group. She oversees service and process related to instructional design, from Quality Matters to one-on-one work with faculty developing and revising courses. Her primary goal in this role is to build and maintain a suite of structures and services that will contribute robust, exciting eLearning capacity for UAA. She has worked at UAA for nine years, first as regular faculty in Adult Education and later as Activity Director & eLearning Developer for a successful, $2M Title III Distance Education Access & Success grant for Kenai Peninsula College. Heather Nash is Assistant Director of Instructional Design Services for UAA’s Academic Innovations and eLearning group. She oversees service and process related to instructional design, from Quality Matters to one-on-one work with faculty developing and revising courses. Her primary goal in this role is to build and maintain a suite of structures and services that will contribute robust, exciting eLearning capacity for UAA. She has worked at UAA for nine years, first as regular faculty in Adult Education and later as Activity Director & eLearning Developer for a successful, $2M Title III Distance Education Access & Success grant for Kenai Peninsula College.


    Sarah FrickAssistant Director, Professional Development
    (907) 786-4486

    Blogging at progressed.commons.uaa.alaska.edu
    On Twitter @janesaid6

    Sarah is the Assistant Director at UAA Academic Innovations & eLearning, where she oversees professional development trainings for faculty and staff. In her current position, her main goal is to provide effective and engaging learning opportunities for the UAA community, that are available to everyone regardless of location, and that lend to successful student experiences. She has been an Instructional Designer for 6 years in the UA system, and has a background in multimedia and web design. Sarah's most recent research has been in digital badges and online communities. Since moving to Alaska in 2003, she has lived in Kodiak, Fairbanks and now Anchorage. Sarah has found a love for Alaska and feels tuned in to the needs of our rural student population. You can read more about her professional learning & presentations at progressed.commons.uaa.alaska.edu.

    Presentation Highlights:
    •  Digital Badges for Learning, Serious Fun Educational Games Conference in Anchorage, Alaska (April 11, 2014)
    •  EduPass Digital Badge Program at UAA, ELI/Educause Online Spring Focus Session: (April 2, 2014)
    •  Lights, Camera, Caption, ASTE (February, 2014)
    •  Accessible Multimedia, ASTE (February, 2013)


    Eric BaldwinMedia Technician
    (907) 786-4850


    Eric Baldwin joined UAA’s Faculty Technology Center in Fall 2011 as the resident media technician. Predominately, that means he records, edits and prepares video materials for faculty use both on and offline. Realistically, it means he tries to assist anyone who walks in the door …especially if they have questions involving audio or video capturing or presentation. He brings 30 years of experience in commercial and corporate video production and audio engineering. And he often makes the coffee. Lots of coffee. EXPERTISE: Field video production; Live sound reinforcement; Studio sound recording; Various audio and video post-production mixing and editing tools; Analog/Digital conversion; DVD authoring; Media encoding; Web streaming. His interests are: Media, music, writing, sports, animals, family, food.

    Eric is currently pursuing a degree in Journalism/Public Communication at UAA. As a member of the National Court Reporters Association, he was Alaska's only Certified Legal Video Specialist for a number of years and has been a featured speaker at Alaska Bar and Alaska Shorthand Reporters Association events. He has traveled extensively throughout Alaska for nearly 40 years recording thousands of interviews, depositions and demonstratives and provided both lay and expert testimony to the Alaska Court System. His mother is fond of saying, "My son's been in every jail in the state", though that isn't altogether true. What is true, is that Baldwin frequently boasts of being one of the 10 best one-handed drummers in Spenard!


    Jeanette RenaudineauInstructional Designer
    (907) 786-4451


    Jeanette entered the Instructional Design world with a background in teaching, both as a high school math teacher and as an English instructor overseas. She believes that anyone and everyone should have open access to education and is therefore interested in open courses and learning communities. She is also excited by the possibilities of making learning more engaging and interactive through the use of emerging technologies. However, in her spare time she makes sure to unplug and enjoy the beautiful Alaskan outdoors.

    Apple Certified Trainer

    Lara MaddenInstructional Designer
    (907) 786-4469


    Lara, a life-long Alaskan, grew up in Kasilof, Alaska on her families homestead, and now lives in beautiful Eagle River, Alaska with her husband, two daughters and two giant rescued rottweiler pups. She began her UAA career in the early 90?s as a student in JPC, and after a few kids and direction changes has completed a B.A. in History, a Graduate Certificate in eLearning and an Interdisciplinary Master of Science in Instructional Design & Technology all from UAA. As a staff member, Lara was a student worker in Financial Aid moved to a staff position in eMedia, through the CBPP Student Information Office as a student advisor and has finally landed at UAA Faculty Technology Center. As an Instructional Technologist, Lara has become the face of UAA Blackboard & eLive for faculty, as well as, all web 2.0 apps you might need help with. For fun she runs, thinks about running and tries to run more, even though its always uphill when you run in Alaska.

    Certified Blackboard Trainer

    Melissa BankerInstructional Designer
    (907) 786-4597

    Blog: The Natural Designer

    Melissa joined Academic Innovations & eLearning in May 2013.  She enjoys the process of discovery to arrive at creative solutions with individual professors and at the department level.  In addition, Melissa is one of two Quality Matters Coordinators for UAA.  Melissa brings ten years of experience from the education and the non-profit sectors to her position.  Previous employers include the American Board of Surgery, Volunteers of America and the Anchorage School District.  Areas of interest include cultural considerations and digital storytelling.  In her free time she loves exploring Alaska with her dog Moki.  

    Degrees & Certificates:

    • (2009).  M.S. Instructional Systems & Technology.  Cabrini College.  Radnor, PA.
    • (2004). B.A. Liberal Arts. Cabrini College.  Radnor, PA.
    • (2014). Quality Matters Course Review Manager Certification.
    • (2014). Quality Matters Continuing and Professional Development (CPE) Peer Reviewer Certification.
    • (2013).  Measring and Evaluating Learning Certificate.  American Society for Training and Development (ASTD).
    • (2013).  Training Needs Assessment.  Anchorage Society for Human Resource Management (ASHRM).
    • (2012).  Professionalism and  T3 Train the Trainer.  Alaska Distance Learning Network.
    • (2011).   Regional Technical Expert Panel (RTEP).  Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies (CCAPT) West Regional Team, SAMSHA.
    • (2010).  Native American Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist Training.  CSAP’s CAPT West Regional Expert Team.


    (2013).  Denali Award.  Team Category.  Anchorage School District.

    Invited Presentations:

    (2014, April).  Digital Storytelling with Free Mobile Applications.  7th Annual Emerging Technologies for Online Learning Symposium.


    • (2014, February).  Digital Storytelling Methods for Experiential Learning. 2014 Alaska Society for Technology in Education, Anchorage, Alaska.
    • (2009, April).  Update on the SCORE Curriculum and the SCORE Website.  2009 Surgical Education Week, Salt Lake City, Utah.


    Bell, MD, Richard H.; Banker B., Melissa; Rhodes, MD, Robert S.; Beister, Thomas W., Lewis, MD, Frank R. (2007).  Graduate Medical Education in Surgery in the United States.  Surgical Clinics of North America.August 2007, Vol 87, Issue 4.


    Wayne ToddInstructional Designer
    (907) 786-4933


    Wayne moved to Alaska and the FTC in early 2012. His background is in digital media, specifically video editing and digital imaging. Wayne holds a M.S. in Educational Media Design and Technology. He took on the challenge of graduate school and working in higher education after spending many years in broadcasting and commercial media production. Wayne is pursuing the goal to become a subject matter expert in distance education. While in graduate school he became fascinated with the use of virtual worlds and gamification in education. Wayne’s step daughter lives in Palmer with her husband and son and he first fell in love with Alaska when first visiting some eight years ago. Wayne and his wife currently reside in Eagle River with their two cats.


    Brittani ChuDistance Education Student Technician
    (907) 786-4609


    Brittani moved to Alaska in 2005 and completed her Bachelor's of Arts in Math through UAA in 2011. She first started working with Distance Education in 2009 as a student worker and has since accepted a full time staff position with the university. Over the last few years, she has seen the growth and potential in the distance education field and is excited to see that growth continue in the UAA system.


    Keith BerggrenDistance Education Student Coordinator
    (907) 786-4492




    Nikki ByrneWorkshop Coordinator
    (907) 786-4487




    John CrippsGraphic Designer
    (907) 786-1824


    John has been a graphic designer for the past 6 years. He is currently completing his BA in graphic design and associates in health services/paramedical technologies at UAA.

    John is also a guitarist for The Modern Savage, the owner and marketing/promotions manager for Animal Sounds Productions, and a free-lance graphic designer for Paperboy Graphics.

    John spent 8 years in the United States Air Force as an Emergency Medical Technician and 3 years with Alaska Integrated Media as a Radio DJ with 94.7 The End, KZND and 105.7, Lite Rock, KNLT.

    John’s early childhood was spent bouncing between U.S. cities and exotic locales like Singapore and Indonesia.


    Paul WaskoePortfolio Initiative Coordinator
    Phone: (907) 786-6035
    Mobile: (612) 819-7667
    E-mail: pwasko@uaa.alaska.edu
    Portfolio: www.paulwasko.efoliomn.com


    Paul joins the unit having previously served as the Director of eStudent Services for the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU).  The focus of the position was to invent and deploy “e” tools to better serve students, staff, and faculty.  While at MnSCU, Paul was responsible for the design, deployment, and operation of the largest e-portfolio effort of its kind in North America - eFolioMinnesotaTM .  Prior to joining MnSCU, Paul served as Director for Education Technology Initiatives for the Minnesota Office of Technology where he managed education technology initiatives for Minnesota. In the late 80’s and early 90’s, Paul a number of positions within Minnesota’s labor exchange department including the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the Workforce Preparation Branch.

    • 2012 eFolioMinnesota Ten Year Anniversary Award (presented by the eFolioMinnesota community and the University of Minnesota);
    • 2011 WCET WOW Award (in partnership with Century College) for GPS LifePlan;
    • 2007 WCET WOW Award (in partnership with the Minnesota Online Call Center) for development of a statewide call center model;
    • 2007 Peace Corps recognition for the Peace Corps eFolio pilot project;
    • 2006 Campus Technology Innovator (presented by Campus Technology magazine);
    • 2004 WCET WOW Award for the developing of a e-student services audit model;
    • 1998 Cisco Systems for the Cisco Networking Academy Program;
    • 1998 Governor Commendation (Minnesota) for the development of the Minnesota eSchools program;
    • 1997 NetDay Minnesota for leadership of statewide efforts in support of NetDay;
    • 1989 Governor Commendation (Minnesota) for 1989 legislative efforts.


    • Numerous national and state presentations including keynotes at:   the 2005 Pan-American ePortfolio Working Forum in Vancouver, B.C. and the 2008 European Union Conference on E-Portfolios in Maastricht, NL.
    • Statewide and national satellite broadcasts focused on e-portfolio services and approaches.
    • Interviews with Minnesota and national newspapers and magazines.


    •  Wasko, Paul. "Implementing a Statewide Electronic Portfolio Infrastructure." Encyclopedia of Distance Learning, Second Edition. IGI Global, 2009.
    • Olsen, Lynnette; Schroeder, Lori; Wasko, Paul. “Moving eFolioMinnesota to the Next Generation: From Individual Portfolios to an Integrated Institutional Model” Cambridge, Darren Robert, Barbara Larson Cambridge, and Kathleen Yancey, eds. Electronic portfolios 2.0: Emergent research on implementation and impact. Stylus Publishing, LLC., 2009.

    UAA Academic Innovations & eLearning
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