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Mario Valdebenito Rodas

Instructional Technology Specialist

 

Contact & Office Hours

Seelye Hall, B3

413-585-4202

Education

M.Ed. in Learning, Media, and Technology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

B.A., Cinematography & Digital Animation, Universidad Mayor, Chile

As a member of the Learning, Research & Technology group, Mario is a collaborator on instructional technology projects, curricular and co-curricular, across the College. He provides one-on-one consultation and training, leads workshops for student, faculty and staff, and develops documentation and online materials in support of LRT services.

Mario attended college in Chile, where he majored in Digital Arts. During that time, he developed an interest in education which led him to pursue an M.Ed. in 'Learning, Media, and Technology’ at UMass Amherst. With experience in film post-production, motion graphics, and educational technologies, Mario aims to enhance learning experiences of students through the use of technology. To achieve this, Mario likes to collaborate with faculty and staff in the development of educational implementations that include constructivist technological expectations. In his free time, Mario likes to create animated projects and play games.

Research & Professional Interests

Emerging technologies, design thinking, project management, constructivist theory

Publications & Presentations

"Engaging Students with Poll Everywhere," Educational Technology at Smith College. Written in collaboration with Tammy Lockett.

“Second Life: Embodying Fantastical Identities in Virtual Communities,” NEPCA 2015 Conference presentation. Essay written in collaboration with Mike Alvarez and Gyuri Kepes.

Professional Affiliations

EDUCAUSE; NorthEast Regional Computing Program (NERCOMP)