WiscNet’s Educational Technology People Profile – Eric Brunsell
The WiscNet Wire is continuing our tradition to profile people involved in educational technology in Wisconsin. Wisconsin has a diverse group of educational technologists with expertise in a wide variety of areas. The overarching theme we are playing with is “What has your attention and why?”.
Who: Eric Brunsell
Title: Assistant Professor, Science Ed.
Where: UW Oshkosh
How do you describe what you do?
I teach in both the undergraduate teacher education program and in our graduate programs. I also facilitate a variety of professional development experiences related to teaching science and technology integration. My background is in science education and I have a strong interest in how emerging technology (“web 2.0”) can enrich classroom practice. My current research projects involve exploring how educators are using social networking (Twitter, Ning, online professional communities, etc) for professional growth.
Who or what has your attention these days?
Currently, my attention is focused new models for teacher professional development. I am currently working on two projects that involve comprehensive professional development for science teachers that incorporate face-to-face experiences and a robust online community.
I am also working with my colleagues at UWO to launch a new emphasis strand in our MSE Curriculum & Instruction graduate degree. The goal of this degree program is to help educators use emerging web tools to support progressive pedagogy. Courses include Teaching in a Connected World, Inquiry and Project-Based Learning, Authentic Assessment, Creativity and Problem Solving, etc. Teaching 2.0 (http://www.uwosh.edu/coehs/grad/teaching20)