Jim Jorstad has been a leading force in the innovative and effective use of technology and communications for over twenty years. He has a B.S. in Mass Communications with honors and holds a graduate degree with honors in Instructional Design and Technology from the University of Iowa. He currently is the Director of Academic Technologies at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Jim is responsible for integrating technology into teaching and learning practices, learning space design, social media strategies, faculty development, innovative technology projects, distance education. He provides lectures and keynotes to universities and organizations throughout the U.S. and is a leading international technology consultant on conceiving and designing innovative teaching and learning environments.
Jim has been a member of the editorial board for EDUCAUSE Quarterly and is a frequent presenter at national and international conferences. He is an EDUCAUSE Frye Fellow of 2005, one of 50 leading IT professionals chosen worldwide for the award. He has held numerous technology leadership positions within the University of Wisconsin System. In 2008, he was the recipient of the Mediasite UNLEASH Return on Investment Award. In 2013, he was the recipient of the CNN iReport Spirit Award for his journalism.
Along with Jim’s technology background, he was twice selected by AV Video Magazine as a top multi-media producer in the U.S. Jim describes himself as technologist who is passionate, innovative, and creative.