Cole W. Camplese serves as Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer at Stony Brook University. He reports directly to President Samuel L. Stanley, serves on President Stanley’s senior leadership team, and oversees the Division of Information Technology which provides, operates, and maintains computing and telecommunication facilities, and equipment and services that meet the needs of the educational, research, and administrative programs of the University. Camplese also collaborates with the Chief Information Officer of Stony Brook University Hospital in the development of information systems between the main academic campus and the medicine campus.
His primary area of focus is the integration of emerging, collaborative, and scalable technologies into teaching and learning spaces, administrative computing, and campus infrastructure.
Camplese came to Stony Brook after serving as the Senior Director for Teaching and Learning with Technology at The Pennsylvania State University from 2010-13. In that role he provided strategic direction to enhance Penn State’s use of technology in teaching, learning, and research. He oversaw classroom and lab design and management, guided ongoing training initiatives, and worked to establish innovative approaches to support the integration of technologies into learning environments.
Camplese also served as the co-director in the Center for Online Innovation in Learning at Penn State as well as a member of Penn State’s Faculty Senate.
Camplese worked to integrate several new emerging technologies into curricular activities at Penn State to support digital expression as a form of scholarship. He and his team have lead the creation of the Blogs at Penn State, Podcasts at Penn State, the Media Commons, Adobe Connect Pro, iTunes U, ePortfolio, and the Educational Gaming Commons. He worked to introduce Yammer to the Penn State community as a way to actively engage in cross campus social conversations and as a social learning platform. Most recently, he lead the move for Penn State to join the MOOC movement through a strategic partnership with Coursera.
Camplese oversaw the annual Teaching and Learning with Technology Symposium, several community development events, and numerous other initiatives designed to coalesce the learning design community and drive the adoption of technologies for teaching and learning.
In addition to his administrative responsibilities, Camplese has taught Disruptive Technologies for Teaching and Learning, a graduate course in Penn State’s College of Education. This popular course focuses on envisioning and discussing the embedded pedagogical affordances of emerging technologies. In the recent past Camplese taught undergraduates in the College of Information Sciences and Technology.
He is an Apple Distinguished Educator, selected for his innovative uses of technology in support of his teaching and administrative work.
Previously, Camplese served as the Director of Education Technology Services at the Pennsylvania State University. As Director, it was his responsibility to identify emergent trends and oversee University-wide initiatives with a focus on impacting teaching and learning with technology.
From 1999-2005, Camplese served in various roles in Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology, culminating as the Director of the IST Solutions Institute from 2001 on. The Solutions Institute is an applied research and development institute with a focus on the innovative uses of technology for education, training, and delivery of both face to face and online learning. Camplese designed the Online IST program that has been used to serve as the foundation for both resident and distance deliveries of the College of IST’s core undergraduate curriculum. This program was built on a custom instructional design and development methodology and toolset envisioned and crafted by Camplese.
Camplese was also the principle investigator and chief administrator for the Pennsylvania Governor’s School in Information Technology, an annual outreach program designed to enrich 75 of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s best and brightest high school juniors in the areas of information technology management.
Upon arriving at Penn State in 1998, Camplese was an instructional designer at the newly established World Campus. It was in these early interactions that much of the foundation was built for some of the guiding principles of online course design still being utilized at the University.
Camplese is an established public speaker who strives to provide practical insight into the use of technologies to drive greater classroom engagement. He is also an established consultant, helping organizations integrate technology into their business practices, education and training programs, and their internal and external communication processes. He is a published author and has presented both practical and theoretical concepts at regional and national conferences. Additionally he has served on several industry and higher education advisories boards ranging from data storage management, Junior Achievement, to the Apple Digital Campus.
He is the Father of two young children who do an amazing job of keeping him both busy and very engaged in the state of our overall educational system. He received a Masters of Sciences in Instructional Technology from Bloomsburg University and a 1994 graduate of West Virginia University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology.
Prior to Penn State Camplese was part of a small start-up in the greater Philadelphia region. It was with Cogence Media that he got his first taste of using technology to enhance learning. Cognece Media focused energy on the creation of OSHA training courseware — first on CD-ROM and then via the web. While there, Camplese created the company’s web presence and created the first versions of online courseware. AIG purchased Cognece Media, prompting a switch to higher education.
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