Welcome to HPU’s Instructional Technology Blog!


We are excited to introduce a new instructional technology blog for High Point University, being run by Samantha Harlow (HPU Libraries) and Kaitlyn Reish (Information Technology Training Specialist).

We hope that this blog will allow professors to engage in new ideas for teaching and promote innovative classroom engagement.  We will try and keep this blog up to date on technology events, trends, and news.  This blog will also include information about updates to Blackboard and technology systems around campus.  Overall, we envision this blog as a place where HPU faculty and staff can discuss their experiences, interests, and concerns about technology and teaching.

For this first post, let us introduce ourselves.

Samantha (Sam) Harlow is the Media & Digital Resource Librarian at High Point University.  She has a B.A. from New York University (NYU) in Cinema Studies.  She got her masters in Library Science at UNC-Chapel Hill and worked on archival and academic digital humanities projects before coming to High Point University.  At HPU, Sam is in charge of a media lab for students; printing services for academic student projects; media equipment check out; and the HPU Library film collection, streaming resources, and digital services.  Sam also performs media instruction for students and faculty on video and audio editing, poster and presentation creation, digital humanities projects, and more.  She is enthusiastic to be able to share her knowledge and experience on digital tools for teaching on this blog and excited to engage with professors about what they are doing in classrooms.  You can directly contact Sam at sharlow@highpoint.edu or 336-841-9462.

Kaitlyn Reish is the Training Specialist in the Office of Information Technology at High Point University. She has a B.S. from North Carolina State University. At HPU, Kaitlyn is the person to help you understand Blackboard and instructional technology. In her position as the Training Specialist, Kaitlyn helps faculty, staff, and students use Blackboard effectively. In addition, she instructs faculty how to integrate technology into their classrooms focusing on web-based applications, which include Blackboard, online discussion boards, online surveys, and third party programs like Turnitin and Waypoint. Kaitlyn finds that the most rewarding aspect of her job as the Training Specialist is to see faculty integrate technology into the classroom that engages students and enhances teaching.  Kaitlyn is excited to share her knowledge of Blackboard and emerging innovative technologies. She is also enthusiastic to hear suggestions and see involvement from faculty, staff, and students on this blog. You can directly contact Kaitlyn at kreish@highpoint or 336-841-9379.

We are excited to start this blog and we make a commitment to post on this blog consistently.  We look forward to any feedback and suggestions!

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