Breakout Session

E-book Access and Creation for the Higher Ed Classroom: E-MATE, E-books and Mobile Apps for Technician Education

Track: Mobile

Breakout Session III
Thurs 11:45 am – 12:45 pm

When you walk into any college classroom, you will note most students bring some type of mobile device to class. Yet these mobile devices are rarely used to access textbooks. While e-book adoption is soaring for pleasure reading, e-book adoption in the classroom is lagging even as prices of traditional printed textbooks continue to rise. We will provide a survey of the current state of the art in e-books and e-book creation, as well as an update on the development of a generic framework of templates, sample code, documentation and other material to be shared with other faculty and institutions.


Kelly Parr
Project Administrator
Brookdale Community College

Bio / Expertise
Project Administrator Kelly Parr brings more than 25 years of project management and education experience to the E-MATE team. Prior to joining the E-MATE project in November 2012, Kelly spent 10 years as a Technology Learning Assistant in the Brookdale Community College English Department where she worked with faculty, staff, students, and administrators to successfully research, troubleshoot, and implement technology to support teaching and learning. As a certified English teacher working towards a Master of Science degree in Instructional Technology, she brings an understanding of the importance of pedagogy when infusing technology into teaching and learning. Her coursework has furthered her education in and understanding of instructional design, educational psychology, learning theory, assistive technology, educational research, networking basics, grant writing, technology planning, and technology budgeting, all of which are important components of the E-MATE project.
Kelly Parr collaborated with PI Mike Qaissaunee on a 2009 Brookdale Innovation Grant project to create a blog to showcase and share free and inexpensive Web 2.0 technology tools to engage today’s digital students. They also teamed up in 2012 to present Life without Bullets: How to Overcome Death by PowerPoint at the Brookdale Scholar’s Day and Adjunct Faculty Orientation events.

Prior to joining Brookdale, Kelly spent some 15 years in various positions for Bearing Point/KPMG Consulting and KPMG Peat Marwick. During that time, she gained substantial experience in project management; proposal, brochure, newsletter, and website writing; research; and administrative management. She also gained event planning and management experience. Kelly received a B.A. in English from Susquehanna University with minors in Business and Education and is certified to teach English, grades 7-12, in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. She is currently enrolled in the Master of Science in Instructional Technology program at St. Joseph’s University, and is on track to complete the program in August 2013.


Mike Qaissaunee
Chair of the Engineering and Technology Department
Brookdale Community College

Bio / Expertise
Professor Michael T. Qaissaunee is Chair of the Engineering and Technology Department at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, New Jersey. Qaissaunee has been the driving force behind the awarding of two National Science Foundation (NSF) grants to Brookdale: E-MATE, E-books and Mobile Apps for Technician Education, awarded in October 2012, and a 2003 grant to found the Mid-Atlantic Institute for Telecommunications Technologies (MAITT). As Principal Investigator (PI) of MAITT, Qaissaunee led the development and implementation of several new courses related to wireless communications, and co-authored a 10th grade Engineering and Technology textbook. Qaissaunee has been active at his own campus and around the country in promoting the adoption of new technologies in and approaches to teaching and learning, including: blogs, audio and video podcasts, wikis, mobile computing, and educational gaming and simulation. He has conducted workshops and presented keynote addresses at more than 50 conferences and seminars nationwide on topics including wireless, wireless security, iPhone programming, and Web 2.0.

Currently, Qaissaunee is also co-Principal Investigator (co-PI) Social Media Enabled Technician project, a collaboration with the Education Development Center (EDC), focused on helping faculty use social media tools in their courses, programs and interactions with students. Qaissaunee also serves on the National Visiting Committee for DeafTEC: Technological Education Center for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students, a National Center of Excellence which aids high schools and community colleges that educate deaf and hard-of-hearing (deaf/hh) students in STEM-related programs and works to integrate more deaf/hh individuals into the workplace as highly skilled technicians.

Qaissaunee is the recipient of two Educator of the Year awards, including the 2007 Global Wireless Education Consortium (GWEC) Wireless Educator of the Year Award and the 2009 High Impact Technology Exchange Conference (HI-TEC) Educator of the Year Award. The awards recognize his outstanding contributions to advanced technological education at both a local and national levels and significant contributions to the education and training of today’s technology workforce.

Qaissaunee also worked with Hofstra University’s Center for Technological Literacy to develop contemporary, high-interest materials for high school technology students and teachers that address standards-driven technological concepts and skills and promote promising STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) career choices.

Qaissaunee is currently working on public/private education and training initiatives to develop a pipeline of highly-skilled cyber security professionals. Michael Qaissaunee received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Delaware (Newark, DE).