“be not content with the best book; seek sidelights from the others; have no favourites; keep men and things apart; guard against the prestige of great names; see that your judgments are your own, and do not shrink from disagreement; no trusting without testing; be more severe to ideas than to actions; do not overlook the strength of the bad cause or the weakness of the good; never be surprised by the crumbling of an idol or the disclosure of a skeleton; judge talent at its best and character at its worst; suspect power more than vice, and study problems in preference to periods” -Lord Acton
Academics continually challenges us all to reflect, discover, debate and understand. Considering this, it is appropriate to apply these same challenges to the field of technology, a field that now supports teaching and learning in so many ways. Why do we in higher education IT operate and offer the services and systems we do? What are those new or evolving technologies that may prove critical or catastrophic? How do we assess our current practices against evolving techniques? And, when should we adopt, adapt or abandon?
It is my belief that open dialog and debate adds to this endeavor. It is my hope that this forum can serve that goal. I hope to engage colleagues, foster discussion and share experiences on various issues, ideas and events; most technical, but perhaps a few outside the traditional realm of bits and bytes.
I am currently serving as the Chief Technology Officer for UMassOnline. Prior to UMass I worked for The State University of New York, first as the Director of Technology for the SUNY Learning Network (SLN), then as the Chief Inforamtion officer for SUNY College of Technology at Delhi. Before entering SUNY, I worked for UCLA in a variety of roles: Director of the UCLA Media Center; Programmer Analyst and Medical Illustrator for the UCLA School of Dentistry.
My professional interests include agile methods, open source software development, service oriented architecture, and have served in various capacities with 2-3-98, Educause, Nercomp, Jasig, Moodle and Sakai.
I enjoy ice hockey, playing in a variety of adult leagues and coaching youth and college teams, including the UCLA Bruins (1998-2004). I live in Loudonville, New York with my wife Jamie, a physician, and my two boys Jack and Hank.
Thanks for visiting — Patrick Masson.
- 7 Things You Should Know About Agile Development
- Your Career: The New CIO, First Year Shock and Awe, Campus Technology Magazine
- Developing an SOA at SUNY; Lessons Learned, JISC e-Learning Forum
- Rebuilding the LMS for the 21st Century, Campus Technology Magazine
- Wikis, Blogs & More, Oh My! Campus Technology Magazine
- How Will Students Communicate, Inside Higher Ed Magazine
- Open Source Software: Should You Bet Your Career On It?, Campus Technology Magazine
- New Community Founded To Help Schools Exploit Open Source, Campus Technology Magazine
- Selecting and Implementing a Course Management System for Your Campus, EDUCAUSE Live!
- Technology During an Economic Crisis: The Benefits of Open Source, WVIZ PBS ideastream
- 7 Questions to Ask Open Source Vendors, Campus Technology Magazine
- Open Governance in Higher Education: Extending the Past to the Future, Educause Review
- Building the Agile University, EdTech Magazine
- An Agile Approach to Managing Open Educational Resources, On the Horizon
- Unbolting the Chairs: Making Learning Management Systems More Flexible, eLearn Magazine
- Barriers to the Adoption of Open Source: Personal and Professional Observations, Terra Incognita
- SLN2.0 Whitepaper, SUNY Whitepaper
- Featured Speaker, 2012 SUNY Conference on Instructional Technology
- Panel Speaker, 2012 Campus Technology Magazine Executive Summit
- Where Do I Send My RFP? Procurement in the Age of Open and Cloud Services WCET
- Creating Agile Organizations, NERCOMP
- Panel Speaker, IT Governance, EDUCAUSE National Conference 2010
- Panel Speaker, CIO Evaluation of Open Source. Austin MoodleMoot 2010
- Featured Speaker, Opening Education, 10th Annual Sakai Conference
- Featured Speaker, The Anchor Store: Four Killer Confluence Examples to Root Your Deployment, 2009 Atlassian Summit.
- Featured Speaker, Open Source in Higher Education. Open Source Software Forum. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Previous Life as a Medical Illustrator:
- Carranza’s Clinical Periodontology
- Contemporary Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology
- Local Anesthesia of the Oral Cavity
- 7 Things You Should Know About Agile Development, Educause 7 Things You Should Know Series