Eric Kunnen, Emerging Technology Coordinator
Eric Kunnen has always been passionate and enamored by the potential of technology.
He is able to transfer that passion to his job at the Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons. As emerging technology coordinator, his focus is to complement learning outside of the classroom and help students and faculty members work more effective and efficient.
“I am excited about the potential of technology as it relates to teaching and learning and how we can best take advantage of it in order to improve how faculty teaches both in an out of the classroom, and how students learn,” said Kunnen.
Kunnen’s main responsibility is transforming the Technology Showcase, located on the atrium level of the Mary Idema Pew Library, into a functional space that allows students to effectively use and learn about the technology available to them.
Currently the Technology Showcase houses a 3-D printer, a Double Robot (a tool for telecommunicating using an iPad) and a Leap Motion Controller that allows students to control the computer screen using hand motions. A new addition may be added as Kunnen has been invited to become an early Google Glass Explorer.
Originally from Jenison, Kunnen earned a bachelor’s degree from Grand Valley in biology and computer science with an emphasis on secondary education in 1993. He also earned a master’s degree in education technology from Grand Valley in 2002. Before accepting his current role at Grand Valley, Kunnen spent 20 years at Grand Rapids Community College in a number of roles focused on teaching and learning through the use of technology.
Kunnen said he hopes to encourage campus community members to think differently about their educational experience and the role that technology can play in it.
“Grand Valley has truly put a stake in the ground regarding emerging technology through the Technology Showcase, which is a tangible representation of the value the university places on technology and its ability to transform teaching and learning,” he said.
He was named an inaugural member of the Blackboard MVP Program, which recognizes individuals who have established themselves as thought leaders in educational technology by sharing their expertise in Blackboard platforms.
For more information on Kunnen’s experiences with emerging technology, visit http://ekunnen.wordpress.com/
Page last modified November 22, 2013