Dr. Michael Uttendorfer
undergraduate studies were conducted at S.U.N.Y. at New Paltz where
I majored in Applied Mathematics and minored in Education. I began
my education career as a junior high school mathematics teacher in
the Freeport Public Schools. I got my start with computers in the
early 1970's (before personal computers were even invented). My school
district implemented the first computer-assisted instruction system
on the east coast. The computer running the program was the size of
two refrigerators and the students interacted with the computer using
teletypes. CRT monitors were not available.
12 years of teaching, I left public education in 1982 to work as an
educational consultant working with school districts in the northeast
to help them implement the CAI program I had used in Freeport. It
was a very interesting experience watching the programs improve and
the hardware get better and less expensive.
1990, I became the director of software development for an educational
computer company in New Jersey and used Macromedia Flash, Dreamweaver,
and Authorware extensively over my ten years in that position. I graduated
from the Master of Science in Instructional Technology Program at
NYIT in 1995. In 2002, I finished my doctoral studies in Instructional
Technology and Distance Education at Nova Southeastern University
in December 2002. My dissertation is titled "Improving Faculty
Adoption of Online Technologies."
am currently a tenured Associate Professor at the NYIT and former Dean at
the School of Education. I still occasionally teach graduate level
courses in Multimedia Applications, Computer Courseware Design, Instructional System Design, and
Foundations of Instructional Technology. I am also the former director
of NYIT's Center for Teaching and Learning with Technology where I
was responsible for supporting our faculty collegewide with the integration
of technology into their teaching.
research interests include faculty development, instructional design
for online instruction, and the impact of interactivity in online
teaching and learning. Other interests include scuba diving, underwater
photography and motorcycle touring.