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Professional Bio

Oscar PicCurrently Director of Instructional & Emerging Technologies at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, I received a Bachelor of Liberal Studies and an M.A. in German from Bowling Green State University and a Ph.D. in Educational Technology from the University of Toledo, and also studied for two years at the Universität Salzburg, in Salzburg, Austria. My professional focus is on the investigation of innovative uses of information technology in the academic disciplines and the integration of computing and digital media into an academic curriculum.

For over two decades, I have been responsible for the support, training, and education of professional educators with respect to educational technology.

  • Teacher: experience at the graduate and undergraduate level in educational technology courses
  • Trainer and systems integrator: instructed hundreds of educators in the design, development, and utilization of instructional technology
  • Presenter: national and international educational technology conferences on the design, development, and utilization of educational technology
  • Author: published articles, papers, and commercial and public domain software
  • Administrator: strategic planning, resource management, program support, staff and facilities supervisor

In addition to designing dozens of specialized pieces of instructional software, I have been the key developer of several major educational development projects which have included the design of electronic textbooks, educational hypermedia, and interactive learning environments. Projects include "American Sign Language: Dynamic Resource Series," an interactive CD-ROM on American Sign Language instruction; "Interactive Chemistry," a completely digital, interactive textbook for General Chemistry; and "The Virtual Cafe," an interactive, networked application which uses the metaphor of a cafe to encourage communication in a foreign language.