I guess today is a day of milestones, not only has the bava turned six years old today marking my sixth year at UMW, but DTLT Today has cranked out its 100th episode—which is a pretty amazing feat. When Tim Owens arrived at UMW’s DTLT in July of this year he brought his A-game, and he hasn’t stopped since. And Tim has a rare kind of A-game, it’s one that brings people together, gets everyone excited about what they are doing, and pushes everyone to do more. Between his WordPress design and development chops, his well-rounded and seemingly limitless technical abilities, the balls to challenge the field leaders, and unbelievably good nature—he is a top flight instructional technologist and he’s already making a huge impact at UMW. Oh, and did I mention he and George Meadows now have got us into MakerBots?
DTLT Today is his brain child, and since he got to DTLT he has brought Andy Rush, Martha Burtis, and I together in ways we have never clicked before. Doing a regular “tv show” is not simply about broadcasting, audience, or technology—though these all matter to some great degree—it’s about setting a tone and providing a space for DTLT, and by extension UMW, to share what’s happening with one another on a regular basis. It’s a vision for this group that can and will be abstracted out to the wider campus community. So, in short, the 100th episode marks a lot of amazing bits of sharing amongst this group over the last five months, but it also marks for me the introduction of an unbelievably awesome addition to DTLT—Tim “A-Game” Owens.