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Laurie Ralston

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Faculty, POLY Campus, Mailcode 2180
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Faculty, POLY Campus, Mailcode 2180
Biography

Dr. Ralston has taught in the Graphic Information Technology program at the Polytechnic School of Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University since 2011. She currently teaches video production, print and digital design, and portfolio and identity design. At the graduate level, she teaches research methods and academic writing. She serves as chair or committee member for dozens of master's students and honors students, and advises seniors during their senior projects.  

Dr. Ralston mentors student projects through her classes, providing her students with real-world client interaction opportunities. These projects include branding, web design, print design, project management, video production and motion graphics for commercial purposes. 

Dr. Ralston is the creator and director of the Make Media Lab, a video and photography lab for the students, faculty and staff of the Polytechnic campus. She has been involved with several federal and state grant projects, including those for the U.S. Department of Education, Homeland Security/FEMA, and the State of Arizona Governor's Office of Energy.  Dr. Ralston was the Communication Team Faculty Advisor for the U.S. Department of Energy sponsored competitive ASU EcoCAR 3 Team during years 1 and 2, as well as the faculty advisor for the GIT Club and EcoCAR Club.

Dr. Ralston is a member of the Educause Learning Initiative (ELI), New Media Consortium (NMC), the Online Learning Consortium, AIGA and the Association for Educational Communications and Technology.  She has been a first round judge in the Software & Information Industry Association CODiE Awards for several years, as well as a proposal reviewer for grant programs and conferences. She is a member of the ASU Instructional Designer's Group and the LMS evaluation team.

Past Experience:
Dr. Ralston has spent most of the last two decades at ASU. This included serving as the Assistant Project Manager of The eLearning Network, a federally funded grant project in ASU's College of Education; providing technology services to the students, faculty and staff at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law for 1 year, then serving as the Director of Information Technology for 5 more years; serving as the Project Coordinator of the Campus Public Emergency Communications Project, a Homeland Security/FEMA funded grant project in the Environmental Technology Management program.

She taught as a faculty associate in Spring 2010 at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.  While at the college of law, she co-taught classes on courtroom technologies and creative writing for lawyers.

Education

B.A., Broadcast Production, Arizona State University
M.Ed., Educational Media and Computers, Arizona State University
Ed.D., Educational Technology, Pepperdine University.

Research Interests

 

Research:

  • Continual teaching improvement strategies, both online and in the classroom
  • Online learning & educational technology, including instructor presence in online courses
  • Graduate program - increasing engagement, social involvement, retention, process

General Interests:

  • Branding and visual marketing
  • Commercial print and digital design
  • Commercial video and motion graphics

 

Make Media Lab
makemedialab.com

  • Student-staffed video and photography lab
  • Provides equipment for GIT video courses, as well as the Polytechnic community at large
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
GIT 303Digital Publishing
GIT 315Digital Video Techniques
GIT 413Prof Port Dsgn and Pres
GIT 492Honors Directed Study
GIT 494Special Topics
GIT 500Research Methods
GIT 537Cross Media Production
GIT 590Reading and Conference
GIT 593Applied Project
GIT 599Thesis
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
GIT 584Internship
GIT 593Applied Project
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
GIT 303Digital Publishing
GIT 315Digital Video Techniques
GIT 413Prof Port Dsgn and Pres
GIT 415AdvDigVideoTechniques
GIT 484Internship
GIT 493Honors Thesis
GIT 494Special Topics
GIT 590Reading and Conference
GIT 593Applied Project
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
GIT 303Digital Publishing
GIT 315Digital Video Techniques
GIT 413Prof Port Dsgn and Pres
GIT 492Honors Directed Study
GIT 494Special Topics
GIT 590Reading and Conference
GIT 592Research
GIT 593Applied Project
GIT 598Special Topics
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
GIT 499Individualized Instruction
GIT 584Internship
GIT 590Reading and Conference
GIT 593Applied Project
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
GIT 303Digital Publishing
GIT 394Special Topics
GIT 413Prof Port Dsgn and Pres
GIT 484Internship
GIT 494Special Topics
GIT 584Internship
GIT 590Reading and Conference
GIT 593Applied Project
GIT 595Continuing Registration
GIT 598Special Topics
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
GIT 303Digital Publishing
GIT 315Digital Video Techniques
GIT 413Prof Port Dsgn and Pres
GIT 494Special Topics
GIT 499Individualized Instruction
GIT 590Reading and Conference
GIT 592Research
GIT 593Applied Project
GIT 598Special Topics
Summer 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
GIT 484Internship
GIT 500Research Methods
GIT 590Reading and Conference
GIT 592Research
GIT 593Applied Project
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
GIT 303Digital Publishing
GIT 394Special Topics
GIT 413Prof Port Dsgn and Pres
GIT 494Special Topics
GIT 499Individualized Instruction
GIT 500Research Methods
GIT 584Internship
GIT 590Reading and Conference
GIT 592Research
GIT 593Applied Project
GIT 595Continuing Registration
GIT 598Special Topics
GIT 599Thesis
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
GIT 294Special Topics
GIT 303Digital Publishing
GIT 413Prof Port Dsgn and Pres
GIT 484Internship
GIT 494Special Topics
GIT 584Internship
GIT 590Reading and Conference
GIT 592Research
GIT 593Applied Project
GIT 598Special Topics
Summer 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
GIT 303Digital Publishing
GIT 484Internship
GIT 593Applied Project
GIT 595Continuing Registration
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
GIT 303Digital Publishing
GIT 394Special Topics
GIT 413Prof Port Dsgn and Pres
GIT 484Internship
GIT 499Individualized Instruction
GIT 584Internship
GIT 593Applied Project
GIT 599Thesis
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
GIT 294Special Topics
GIT 303Digital Publishing
GIT 413Prof Port Dsgn and Pres
GIT 484Internship
GIT 494Special Topics
GIT 598Special Topics
Spring 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
GIT 294Special Topics
GIT 303Digital Publishing
GIT 413Prof Port Dsgn and Pres
GIT 484Internship
GIT 584Internship
GIT 593Applied Project
GIT 598Special Topics
Honors / Awards

President’s Medal for Social Embeddedness
     Recognition for part in Protect the Vote for Native Americans, Arizona State University, April 2009

Visiting Professor Program Alternate
     Advertising Educational Foundation, Spring 2015

Professional Associations

• EDUCAUSE & EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative, 2006-2017 • Online Learning Consortium (OLC, formerly the Sloan Consortium), 2003-2017 • New Media Consortium 2003-2017 • Adobe Education Exchange, 2012-2017 • American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) 2014-2017 • Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE) 2006-2017

Service

Professional:

  • Educause Learning Initiative Conference 2018 Proposal Reviewer
  • AACE eLearn 2016 Conference Proposal Reviewer
  • Judge for CoDIE Awards, Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), 2008, 2009 & 2012.
  • Judge for Skills USA High School Web Design Competition, 2012 & 2013
  • Conference submission reader, Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR) 2002
  • Field grant reader for Community Technology Centers Program, Office of Vocational and Adult Education, U.S. Department of Education, 2001

Community/ASU:

  • Media Consultant for Delta Sigma Pi Business Fraternity, 2014-2017
  • Homeward Bound – Holiday Card Project, with GIT Club, 2015
  • ICAN Youth Program – Photographer for the Festival of Trees, 2014
  • UPI International Youth Program – Media Consultant 2013-2014
  • ASU Preparatory Academy Elementary School – STEM class guest and yearbook design 2013-2016
  • Fulton Schools of Engineering E2-Camp for freshman – 2014, 2016
Graduate Faculties / Mentoring History

Chair for over approximately 60 masters applied project committees 2011-2017 Honors Faculty

Consulting

Elearning consultant, 2004-2005, for Southwest Student Services and Rio Salado Community College

Industry Positions
  • Project Coordinator, Co-PI, Campus Public Emergency Communications project, Arizona State University. U.S. Dept. of Energy/FEMA funded
  • Director of Information Technology, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University
  • Assistant Manager, E-learning Network, Arizona State University
  • Techology Manager/AV Specialist, Creighton School District, Phoenix
  • Audio Visual Manager/Technicial, Phoenician Resort, Scottsdale