James Alexander

Software Ambassador

Role: As the Software Ambassador at the Office of Academic Innovation, James works within the Software Development team to analyze the needs of learners and innovators to inform and support the design and iteration of new and existing tools. He also works to extend the impact of the Academic Innovation tool portfolio to more learners and innovators within and beyond the University of Michigan.

Experience: Prior to joining UM's Office of Academic Innovation, James served as the Instructional Design Specialist: Media and Projects Manager at Tennessee Tech University, where he specialized in system administration and faculty adoption of emerging technologies. He spearheaded a campus-wide initiative for the standardization of video management tools and was instrumental in increasing adoption of the online learning platform. James has also taught courses on the best practices of using technology in face to face, hybrid, and online courses. James spends his time researching how games and education interact, specifically how educators can take advantage of techniques commonly found in games to enhance student engagement.

Education:

Education Specialist in Educational Psychology, Tennessee Technological University College of Education

Master of Arts in Educational Psychology, Tennessee Technological University College of Education

Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Tennessee Technological University College Arts & Science