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Larsen, Jacob E.

LSRC Director


Jacob E. Larsen has earned B.A. and M.A. degrees in English Language and Literature at University of Southern Denmark, an M.A. in Applied Linguistics at Ohio University, and a Ph.D. in Education with a focus on Curriculum and Instructional Technology at Iowa State University.

 

Dr. Larsen is a polyglot who has lived and worked in Denmark, Brazil and, most recently, the United States which has allowed him to develop a variety of skills in languages, intercultural-, interpersonal-, and workplace communication, collaboration and leadership.

 

Dr. Larsen has professional experience in customer success management, tech support, K-12 and higher ed teaching, consulting, vendor contact and management, educational technology support for a variety of subject areas, and educational technology leadership. In addition, he has conducted research in areas such as blended and online learning as well as faculty engagement strategies to promote the use of educational technology.

 

Recently, Dr. Larsen has been involved in leading the campus-wide implementation of a new audience response system as well as managing the RFP process, evaluation, and adoption of a new learning management system for the ISU campus.

 

Currently, Dr. Larsen is the Director of the Language Studies Resource Center in the Department of World Languages and Cultures at Iowa State University. His focus is on the strategic support for language teaching and learning with a specific emphasis on the pedagogically sound implementation of innovative educational technologies. In addition, Dr. Larsen is involved with the evaluation of innovative educational technology installations and active learning, research on emerging technology and its implementation, as well as faculty engagement strategies to advance the pedagogical use of educational technologies.

Presentations

  • Adopting a cloud-based audience response system at the Consortium of College and University Media Centers (CCUMC) Conference in San Antonio, TX, November 2016.
  • Faculty Engagement Strategies: What works best? at the Consortium of College and University Media Centers (CCUMC) Conference in San Antonio, TX, November 2016.
  • The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: What the Data Says on Effective Faculty Engagement Strategies at EDUCAUSE Annual Conference in Anaheim, CA, October 2016.
  • Faculty Ed Tech Engagement Strategies: What Works and What Doesn’t at EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) Conference in San Antonio, TX, February 2016.
  • Using E-portfolios in Language Teacher Education Programs: Reflective Practice and Professional Growth [panel presentation] at the Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium (CALICO) Conference in Boulder, CO, May 2015.
  • Using E-portfolios in Language Teacher Education Programs: Reflective Practice and Professional Growth at Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference in Las Vegas, NV, March 2015.
  • Techstarter: Crowdsourcing Technology needs at Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference in Las Vegas, NV, March 2015.
  • Faculty Engagement Strategies: Sharing Findings and Discussing Challenges at Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference in Las Vegas, NV, March 2015.
  • Faculty Engagement Strategies: Sharing Findings and Discussing Challenges [online presentation] at EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) Conference in Anaheim, CA, February 2015.
  • Faculty Engagement Strategies: Sharing ideas and discussing challenges [invited learning circle moderator] at EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) Conference in Anaheim, CA, February 2015. 
  • Faculty Engagement Strategies: Sharing Findings [poster session] at EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) Conference in Anaheim, CA, February 2015.
  • Techstarter: Crowdsourcing Technology needs at the Consortium of College and University Media Centers (CCUMC) Conference in Portland, OR, October 2014.
  • Faculty Engagement Strategies: Sharing Experiences at the Consortium of College and University Media Centers (CCUMC) Conference in Portland, OR, October 2014.
  • Teacher Training Aspects of a Blended Learning Intensive English Program Writing Course [panel presentation] at the Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium (CALICO) 2014 Conference in Athens, OH, June 2014.
  • The Use of Blended Learning in an Intensive English Program Writing Course: Teacher and Student Perspectives at the Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium (CALICO) 2012 Conference in South Bend, IN, June 2012.
  • Designing Interactive Speaking Activities in Second Life, at the Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium (CALICO) 2010 Conference in Amherst, MA, June 2010.
  • Using Blended Learning and Self Managed Learning in an Intensive English Program, at the Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium (CALICO) 2009 Conference in Tempe, AZ, March 2009.
  • Where the Language Worlds Meet: Combining Real Life and Second Life in Classroom Materials Design, at the Conference for Technology in Second Language Learning (TSLL) at Iowa State University, Ames, IA, September 2008.
  • Synchronous Computer-Mediated Communication for Real-life Tasks: Ordering Pizza via Text Chat, at the Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium (CALICO) 2008 Conference in San Francisco, CA, March 2008.
  • Learning languages in virtual worlds: an analysis of the use and potential of Active Worlds and Second Life, at the Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium (CALICO) 2008 Conference in San Francisco, CA, March 2008.

Workshops and Webinars

  • Telling and Selling Your Project: A Data Drive Approach. Invited webinar presentation for the Consortium of College and University Media Centers in collaboration with Sean M. McLaughlin, Director of Institutional Research, Otterbein University, online, July 2016.
  • Capturing Video, Audio, and Text in Second Life: A Hands-on Experience, at the Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium (CALICO) 2010 Conference in Amherst, MA, June 2010.
  • Virtual Worlds for Advanced Users: Beyond the Basics, at the Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium (CALICO) 2009 Conference in Tempe, AZ, March 2009.
  • Virtual Worlds for Newbies: An Introduction to Life, Living, and Teaching in Virtual Environments, at the Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium (CALICO) 2009 Conference in Tempe, AZ, March 2009.
  • Virtual Worlds and Language Teaching: Real Ideas for a Virtual Classroom, at the Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium (CALICO) 2008 Conference in San Francisco, March 2008.
Find articles at the ISU Digital Repository

Dissertation

  • Larsen, Lars Jacob Ege, “Teacher and student perspectives on a blended learning intensive English program writing course” (2012). Graduate Theses and Dissertations. 12375.
    http://lib.dr.iastate.edu/etd/12375

Publications

  • Silva, K., & Larsen, J. (2009). Where the language worlds meet: Combining real life and Second Life in classroom materials design. In C. A. Chapelle, H. G. Jun, & I. Katz (Eds.), Developing and evaluating language learning materials (pp. 29‐50). Ames, IA: Iowa State University.

Service

  • Co-chair of EDUCAUSE Blended and Online Learning Constituent Group (Nov 2015 – present).

Professional / Research Interests

  • Faculty Engagement in educational technology use
  • The use of blended and online learning in higher education
  • Teacher training and support for blended and distance learning education Piloting of emerging ed­ucational technology in higher education
  • Administration and optimization of instructional technology use in educational institutions
  • Design, development and use of online learning materials, educational software, multimedia mate­rials and games.
Jacob E. Larsen

Contact

Office: 3142A Pearson Hall

Phone: (515) 294-1551

Email: jlarsen@iastate.edu