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Digital Service Learning: Connecting with a Global Community

Barbara Canyes
Barbara has been a leader in the field of civic and community engagement for the past 25 years. In 2000, she became Executive Director of Campus Compact for Southern New England, one of the largest and most influential state Campus Compact organizations in the nation. Currently, as Chief Membership Officer, Barbara’s work with members for Campus Compact Southern New England involves consulting with two-year and four-year higher education institutions across the southern New England region on institutional planning, faculty development, community-university partnerships, and student civic development. Her focus is on helping colleges and universities instill in students the skills and knowledge necessary for public problem-solving in the local, national, and global arenas.

Lance Eaton
Lance is an instructional designer at Brandeis University.  He has been working on helping faculty with constructing digital service learning projects for nearly five years now as well as using digital service learning in the courses he has taught.  Lance earned a Masters’ in Education with a focus on Instructional Design from University of Massachusetts, Boston and is currently working on his PhD in higher education where his research focus on public good, open access research, and the problems of restricted knowledge.

Debra Grant
Debra is an Academic Coordinator for Community College of Vermont and instructor for River Valley Community College.  She holds a BA in Sociology from Norwich University and an M. Ed. in Organization and Management from Antioch University.  A veteran educator, Debra’s work focuses on student support services, faculty development, and community and civic engagement in post-secondary education.  She designs and evaluates training and development programs applying instructional methodology and learning pedagogy to support faculty in quality teaching and learning.  As a teacher, advisor and coach, Debra aids individuals in understanding and overcoming personal, social and behavioral problems affecting achievement.  She is passionate about education for personal growth and fulfillment of emotional, intellectual, and spiritual potential.  

Kara Kaufman
Kara is a history professor at North Shore Community College. She partnered with an archaeologist from UPenn and together created a digital service learning project for students in her World History I course.

Lois-Ann Kuntz
Lois-Ann is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Maine at Machias and the Chair of the Arts & Letters Division. I have been teaching both online and using service-learning for over 10 years, and received Maine Campus Compact’s highest faculty award, the Donald Harward Award for Service-Learning Excellence. I co-coordinated the process of the Psychology & Community Studies program becoming an Engaged Department for both campus and distance tracks which is discussed in my chapter in Service-Learning and Civic Engagement: A Sourcebook, SAGE publications. I have delivered online courses with service-learning components since 2010, and have been a developer and facilitator for the Maine Campus Compact's eService Learning "FUSION" courses since 2012.

Edward Laine
Edward is an emeritus at Bowdoin College, in Brunswick, Maine and have a serious and continuing interest in improving student learning through service learning and community engagement, be it traditional, OL, or hybrid. While at Bowdoin I directed the Environmental Studies Program, and was chair of Geology, now Earth and Ocean Sciences.  My classes were infused with service-learning.  I have been teaching service learning for over two decades, during which time I have also helped faculty around the country design and develop service-learning and online service-learning courses, working under the auspices of the Maine Campus Compact, the Campus Compact, and On the Cutting Edge (Strong Undergraduate Geoscience Teaching).  Recently I helped organize and facilitate a National Academy of Science workshop on Service-Learning in Undergraduate Geosciences. I have received Maine Campus Compact’s highest faculty award, the Donald Harward Award for Service-Learning Excellence. Since 2012, I have been a developer and facilitator for the Maine Campus Compact's eService Learning "FUSION" courses, enabling faculty design and deliver online service learning classes. All these endeavors could not have been pursued without the support, intellectual gifts, and hard work of good colleagues. For this I am grateful.

Peter Miller
Peter is a Community Media and Technology Journalist/Editor, Researcher, Practitioner, Activist.

I edited The Community Technology Review for many years during which time I worked as the founding Network Director of the Community Technology Centers Network, (best found at, the country’s oldest and largest association of nonprofit organizations dedicated to establishing centers and programs for those generally without technology education, training, and affordable accessible. I also founded and directed the national AmeriCorps CTC VISTA Project / Transmission Project. Both the ComTechReview and the CTC VISTA Project were part of the Community Media and Technology program in the College of Pubic and Community Service at UMass/Boston.

Recently I have had a major concentration on developing technology support programs at independent living facilities for seniors and, since the end of 2014 especially, US-Cuba technology support programs; I am the webmaster for, the July 26 Boston-Cuba Solidarity Coalition.  I have also undertaken a case study presentation for the Northeastern Computer Science Graduate Student Co-op program’s required orientation seminar with an eye towards developing a nonprofit, community component for the program.

Virtual Attending Presenters

Michael Rackett
For the past several summers I've taught an online Foundations of Community Engagement course that includes various digital service-learning options, as well as broader digital avenues for engaging communities. In 2015-2016 I also participated in a Faculty Learning Community on digital service learning here at VCU and could talk about some of the other projects that fellow faculty members have done.

Diane Shingledecker
I have focused on SL projects with a digital emphasis or component.  I have been coordinating an eCycle Drive on my campus through SL classes for the past 10 years (; I also coordinate a Computer Gaming Marathon that allows SL in CIS Networking classes (, and I have a virtual SL Project in a half on-campus/half online (CLWEB) class that I teach.  You can read about that project at:

Mary Elizabeth Tyler Boucebci
Community-Based Learning Coordinator - Office of Academic Community Engagement, Perimeter College at Georgia State University

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