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James A. Jorstad (University of Wisconsin-La Crosse)

James A. Jorstad
Director of Academic Technologies

La Crosse, Wisconsin

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Jim Jorstad is a leading force in the innovative and effective use of technology and media for over twenty years. 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, the creation and strategic dissemination of social and rich media, learning space design, emerging technologies, and involved in diverse innovative technology projects. He is a frequent lecturer and consultant for universities, organizations, and companies worldwide. Jim is a technologist, global journalist and film maker with his work appearing in major news outlets including CNN, MSNBC, Forbes, NPR, and numerous blogs. He was the 2013 recipient of the CNN iReport Spirit Award for his journalism. His main blog, the Learning Space, is covered by 85 countries. His tweets @JimJorstad are frequently shared and re-tweeted.

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 Leading Change Fellow, one of 50 leading IT professionals chosen worldwide for the award in 2005. 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.

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 innovative technologist who is passionate, innovative, and creative.

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March 2015
Community Contributions
February 2009