Associate CIO for Academic Technology Services, Web Development and Technology Consulting

Interim Associate Vice President for Information Technology (October 2014 - November 2015)

Minnesota State University, Mankato

2012 - Present

University of Minnesota

2007 - 2012

Progressive promotion in various roles

Director of Innovative Learning and Academic Technology, 2010 - 2012

College of Pharmacy, University of Minnesota

Managing Director, Technology-Enhanced Learning, 2007 – 2010

College of Liberal Arts Office of Information Technology, University of Minnesota 

Adjunct Instructor, Leadership Minor, 2010 - 2013

College of Education and Human Development/Public Affairs College

University of Southern California 

Assistant Director, 2004 – 2007

Center for Scholarly Technology

Isoph, Inc. (Carrboro, NC and Los Angeles, CA)

Senior Web and Instructional Designer, 2002 – 2004

Brandeis University

Adjunct Instructor, 2002

BrassRing, Inc. (Chicago, IL)

Senior Web and Instructional Designer, 2000 - 2002

Northwestern University 

Technology Training Coordinator/Adjunct Instructor, 1998 - 2001

Medill School of Journalism

Adecco Employment Services (Redwood City, CA)

Technical Support Analyst, 1997 - 1998


Ed.D., Educational Psychology 

University of Southern California, 2007

Ed.M., Technology in Education

Harvard University, 2002

B.A., Political Science and International Studies, concentration in African politics

Northwestern University, 1997

Honors, Grants and Certifications

Presentations and Publications

Lewis, Carrie, Qijie Cai, Michael Manderfeld and Jude Higdon (2015). Student and Faculty Perceptions of Telepresence Courses. Educause Review, July/August 2015.

Cai, Q., Lewis, C.L., Higdon, J. (2015). Developing an early-alert system to promote student visits to tutor center. The Learning Assistance Review, 20(1), 61-72.

Cai, Vicky and Higdon, Jude (2015). “iSALT: A Campus-Wide Support System to Evaluate Technology-Based Instructional Innovations.” ELI Annual Meeting, Anaheim, CA.

Higdon, Jude and Henline, Jeff (2015). “Being There When You Can't Be There: 3D Modeling across Time and Space.” ELI Annual Meeting, Anaheim, CA.

Higdon, Jude, Akey, Lynn, Ford, Jeff and Cai, Vicky (2014). “MavCLASS: Real-World Analytics to Power Student Success.” EDUCAUSE Annual Conference 2014, Orlando, FL. ELI Annual Meeting 2014, Orlando, FL. Gateway to Course, Indianapolis, IN. SCUP 2014 Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA.

Higdon, Jude, Clay, Matthew, and Schneider, Bryan (2013). “Social Presence in Online Learning: Bringing Learners Together in New Ways across Space and Time”. Educause Annual Meeting, Anaheim, California.

Higdon, Jude, and Clark, Matthew (2013). “Mobile Learning and 21st Century Teaching: Next-generation technology to engage learners and promote presence and student success.” Invited plenary talk for the SHOT 2013 Annual Meeting, Southwest Minnesota State University, Marshall, MN.

Higdon, Jude, and Clark, Matthew (2013). “Dream Big and Teach Hard: The Terrifying, Fun, Exciting Present and Future of Technology-Enhanced Learning.” Invited talk for the 2013 College of Veterinary Medicine Education Days, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN.

Higdon, Jude, McKay, Mark, and McNamara, Annette. “Nimble Instructional Design”. In A.H. Duin, E. Nater, & F. Anklesaria (Eds.). (2012). Cultivating Change in the Academy: 50+ Stories from the Digital Frontlines at the University of Minnesota in 2012. University of Minnesota. http://purl.umn.edu/125273

Clark, Ed, Higdon, Jude, and Topaz, Chad (2012). “The Cloud or Bust”. Educause Learning Initiative, Austin, Texas, February 2012.

Higdon, Jude, Clark, Ed, Wheeler, Rex, and Hill-Duin, Ann  (2011). “Opportunities and Challenges in Leveraging and Supporting Cloud Computing and Personal Devices.” Educause 2011 Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA. Presented October 20, 2011 as part of a panel.

Higdon, Jude, Davis, Mary, and Fitch, Ron. “Engaging Learners Across Time and Space: Models for Distance Learning.” Educause 2011 Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA. Presented October 19, 2011.

American Associaton of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Technology in Pharmacy Education and Learning Special Interest Group (TiPEL SIG), webinar series chair.

Higdon, Jude, Jolowski, Chris, Kulinski, Nichole, and Pittenger, Amy (2011). “iPads, Twitter, Google Sites, and Next-Gen Distance Learning: Interactive Technologies for Active Student Engagement.” Technology in Pharmacy Education and Learning Special Interest Group featured session at the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy 2011 Annual Meeting. San Antonio, TX. Presented on July 12, 2011. Presentation online at: http://z.umn.edu/aacp.

Frederickson, Brian, McFadden, Colin and Higdon, Jude (2011). “21st Century Leadership Literacy: Using the affordances of an on-line course as a case-in-point to engage learners in 21st century leadership practice.” Edulearn Conference, Barcelona, Spain. Presented July 4, 2011. Presentation online at: http://z.umn.edu/edulearn2.

Reyerson, Kathryn, Mummey, Kevin, and Higdon, Jude (2011) "Medieval Cities of Europe: Click, Tweet, Map, and Present." The History Teacher, 44(1).

Higdon, Jude, McFadden, Colin, Reyerson, Kay, and Mummey, Kevin (2011). " Twitter, Wordle, and ChimeIn as Student Response Pedagogies." Educause Quarterly,34(1).

Higdon, Jude, and McFadden, Colin (2011). "Beyond Clickers: Cloud-Based Tools for Deep, Meaningful Cognitive Engagement". Presented at Educause Learning Initiative 2011 annual meeting.

Higdon, Jude (2010). "Educational Gaming for the Rest of Us", 2010 Educause Learning Initiative, Horizon Report Lightning Round Presentations.

Higdon, Jude, and Miller, Sean (2009). "Educational Gaming for the Rest of Us", presented at the AACE 2009 ELearn Conference, Vancouver, BC, Canada


Higdon, Jude, and Topaz, Chad (2009). "Blogs and Wikis as Instructional Tools: A social software implementation of Just-in-Time Teaching". College Teaching 59(2): 105-109.

Higdon, Jude, and Howell, Karen (2009). "Student-Generated Content for Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts, and YouTube: Leveraging institutional and third-party efficiencies for new media literacy", April 2009 ELI Web Seminar. National webinar delivered online from Minneapolis, MN


Higdon, Jude and Marsh, Lauren (2009). "The Course Transformation Program: Designing and Aligning for Powerful Learning", 2009 ELI Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL.

Higdon, Jude (2008). "MediaMill: Storing and Delivering Digital Media to Meet a Wide Range of Educational Needs", AACE Ed-Media Conference, Vienna, Austria.

Sawhill, Barbara, and Higdon, Jude (2008). "Web 2.0 Learning Tools", U.S. Department of State Junior Faculty Development Program. Online, Delivered from New York, NY.


Sawhill, Barbara, and Higdon, Jude (2008). "Web 2.0 Technologies: What are they? What is their role in higher education?" 2008 Educause Podcast. Online, recorded from San Antonio, TX.


Higdon, Jude, and Howell, Karen (2008). "Comparative Political Media 2.0: Blogs, wikis, podcasts, YouTube, and more". 2008 Educause Learning Initiative Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX.


"New Media Tools", invited speaker on Tech Talk Public Television Program, 2008. Minneapolis, MN


Higdon, Jude (2008). "Distance Learning, Engaging All Students", 2007 Invited talk for the USC Center for Excellence in Teaching, Los Angeles, CA.

Higdon, Jude (2007). Effects of Goal Orientation Directed Feedback on Learning and Motivational Outcomes as Moderated by Trait Goal Orientation. Dissertation successfully defended at the Rossier School of Education, University of Southern California, July 2007.

Higdon, Jude (2007). "Wikis in the Academy." In Mader, Stewart, Wikipatterns. Wiley Publishing, Hoboken, NJ.

Higdon, Jude (2007). "Web 2.0 Technologies in the Classroom", Invited speaker, Emerging Digerati Speaker Seminar, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN.

Topaz, Chad, and Higdon, Jude (2007). "Blogging in Math Instruction", Invited talk for the USC Center for Excellence in Teaching, Los Angeles, CA.

Higdon, Jude (2006). "Using Wikis in Education", Educause Learning Initiative Annual Meeting, San Diego, California.

Higdon, Jude (2006). "Who needs an Eportfolio? All my coursework is on my blog." Invited presentation for the Eportfolio Portfolio Action and Community (EPAC), national webinar delivered from Portland, ME.

Higdon, Jude (2005). "Teaching, Learning, and Other Uses for Wikis in Academia: All users are not necessarily created equal." Campus Technology, Nov. 2005.

Higdon, Jude (2005). "From CMS, Blogs, to Wikis: Social software as ePortfolios in higher education". Delivered at the Campus Technology Syllabus Conference 2005, Los Angeles, CA.

Chrystal, Sandra, and Higdon, Jude (2005). "Blogs and Wikis for Metacognitive Reflection," 2005 Social Software in the Academy Conference, Annenberg Center for Communications, Los Angeles, CA.

Higdon, Jude (2005). "EPortfolios", 2005 Educause Western Regional Conference, San Francisco, CA.

Higdon, Jude (1998). "Training Environments in Higher Education," Northwestern University Conference on Learning in the Digital Age, Evanston, IL.


Academic/Instructional Technologies

Blackboard/WebCT/Moodle/LMS, SCORM/AICC-compliant LMS, PRS Clickers, tablet computing, iTunes U, podcasting, blogs/wikis, web 2.0, cloud computing tools, mobile technologies.


Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Flash, Hype


Dreamweaver, working understanding of XSL, javascript, HTML 5


Google Suite, MS Suite, Omnigraffle, VUE

Digital Media

iMovie, Premiere, Avid, FinalCut Pro, ScreenFlow, Camtasia


Some experience with SPSS and R


Swahili, some knowledge of French and Spanish