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Ed Finn

Ed Finn

Liaison for Innovation and Collaboration in Teaching and Learning

180 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 2020
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: 312.561.5923

Ed Finn joined the ACM in July 2014 as the Liaison for Innovation and Collaboration in Teaching and Learning. In this role, he works to significantly enhance the breadth and depth of collaboration throughout the ACM, specifically related to enhancing teaching and learning using educational technologies. This includes working closely with other consortial staff to assist in the execution of grant-funded faculty development programs that support the incorporation of educational technology into the traditional, hybrid, and online classroom environments. He facilitates these projects through regular communication and consultation with campus colleagues surrounding faculty led initiatives, including activities to develop appropriate goals, strategies, policies, budgets, and procedures. Ed regularly travels to each ACM campus to meet with faculty and staff to facilitate collaboration, communication, and networking across the ACM community.

In his role as Liaison, Ed has attended and presented at various annual conferences, published articles in The Evolllution, and authored a guest blog in EDUCAUSE Review on the changing role of educational technologies and the importance of backwards design in course design. He also serves as a member of the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) Liberal Arts College Advisory Group. 

Before joining the ACM, Ed was the Instructional Technology Specialist at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law Ruth Lilly Law Library. He was a founding member of the Online Teaching Taskforce for the law school and a member of the Developing & Emerging Technologies Assessment (DELTA) group at the university level. He was involved in the Next.IU initiative, which included examining learning technologies such as various Learning Management System platforms, collaborative tools, and design tools.

Ed is an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Technology Leadership and Communication in the School of Engineering and Technology at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. He participated in the Indiana University Faculty Colloquium on Excellence in Teaching Retreat in 2014 and has presented at national conferences regarding the relationship between pedagogy and technology in the instructional design process. In his role as an adjunct faculty member, Ed has published essays on topics in leadership including organizational change, leading global teams, and the importance of worldview.

Ed holds a Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership from Indiana Wesleyan University and a M.S. in Adult Education and B.S. in Labor Studies from Indiana University. His dissertation, Faculty Perceptions of the Transition of a Learning Management System Through the Lens of Organizational Change: A Case Study, focused on the experiences of nine faculty members at a Midwest urban campus in the context of changing technology.

In his spare time, Ed enjoys experiencing history through travel and exploring the outdoors with his family. He is an avid reader who enjoys books on leadership, technology, biographies, and historical fiction.

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