Personal Bio & Contribution Statement

Personal Bio

Rob has over 15 years experience working in games/simulations, global learning and education technologies at Queens College, Columbia University, Full Sail University and in the game/simulation industry.

As a Course Director at Full Sail University, Rob taught in the thesis class of the Game Development program, evolving curricula for a new Bachelor of Science track as well as helping to transform the classroom into a professionally modeled “Gaming Studio” for the production of student games.

In his simulation production work, where he specialized in artificial intelligence programming and gameplay design, Rob was involved in the development of multi-user 3D environments for military training and experimentation. Some of his clients included DARPA and the West Point Military Academy.

At the Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning, Rob deepened his exploration of the educational possibilities of simulations and global collaborative technologies through his work on social science-based simulations for education and new models of distance learning on the Global scale. Over the course of his work at Columbia and Queens College, he has developed dozens of pedagogical and technological interventions to target specific teaching and learning challenges and coordinated with numerous departments to further the causes of active and experiential education.

Before taking the plunge into the worlds of education and real-time applications, Rob spent some years in publishing in New York for such diverse publications as Grand Street, Bomb and Spy as well as pursuing his own career as a poet, for which studying writing with Allen Ginsberg at Brooklyn College was a highlight. He “grew up” technologically as a tools developer and technical writer for Chase Manhattan Bank and Citibank in the mid to late 1990s.

Contribution Statement

On Project TRIKE, I am responsible for technical development, which includes development, deployment and archiving of the project website, establishing naming, storage and archiving standards for our data, overseeing deployments to GitHub, and researching and consulting on technology used for the transformation and analysis of our data sets.  Further, I will be developing my own TRIKE data set with all of its attendant critique, commentary, transformations and analysis.  However, my content focus will be ensuring that each of our primary content contributors has all she needs — in terms of technical support — to deliver our promised trio of finished sets.

I also represent the pedagogical perspective in TRIKE, though many of us share this perspective.  It is my responsibility to make sure that our products are useful in a classroom context.

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