Friday, November 9, 2018

Instructional Technology Professor and Graduate Student Receive Awards at DevLearn 2018

Kristen Venditti and Dr. Karl Kapp pose with Kristen's award
Kristen Venditti, BU Instructional Technology graduate student (MSIT), has been awarded the DemoFest 2018 "Best Student Solution" at the industry conference DevLearn. Her project was titled "Improving Reading Comprehension with AR in Storytelling." Kristen used Augmented Reality to make the pages of a booklet she designed come to life. The learner could place their phone over certain areas of the booklet and additional information would appear on the phone in the form of images and pictures. DemoFest is an event held in a ball room at the DevLearn conference where over 100 individuals show off an share elearning projects in a science fair-like environment. Attendees have the opportunity to see a wide variety of solutions to common eLearning challenges and to talk with the project developers about the tools, technologies and processes they used to build them.  

Bloomsburg University MSIT students have won the "Best Student Solution" at DemoFest for four straight years, ever since the student category of DemoFest was introduced in 2014. 

Kristen demonstrates her AR storytelling project
Karl Kapp, Ed.D. Professor of Instructional Technology at Bloomsburg University in Bloomsburg, PA received recognition at DevLearn 2018 for his "outstanding contributions to the eLearning Guild community and the learning technologies industry." The award was created to recognize members of the elearning community who have consistently contributed to the community in terms of both quantity and quality of content—and thus help make the community a vibrant center for learning. Karl was recognized for his pioneering work in the gamification of learning and for his continual efforts to build the future of our industry by tirelessly working to involve students at eLearning Guild events and introducing them to the professional community. 
At the conference, Dr. Kapp presented on the eLearning Rockstars Learning Stage. Check out some of Dr. Kapp's talk in the video at the bottom of the eLearning Brothers page
Dr. Kapp's Guild Master award

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