People: Lou Harrison

Lou Harrison

Director of Educational Technology Services Academic Technology Innovation
Address Box 7113 Raleigh NC 27695 Phone: 919-515-7279 Fax: 919-515-3646
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Biographical Info

Lou Harrison received his B.S. and M.S. in Computer Science, from NC State University. He is currently Director of Educational Technology Services for Distance Education and Learning Technology Applications (DELTA) at NC State University, and he and his team manage, maintain, install, integrate, and develop the technology that NC State uses for teaching and learning at scale. This technology centers around Moodle, and includes WolfWare, our overarching learning management system hub, and other tools such as Sonic Foundry’s Mediasite for lecture capture and Blackboard Collaborate for synchronous classes. The team also supports the organizational technology needs of DELTA.

While in the Computer Science Department, he and his team developed WolfWare (now called WolfWare Classic), an early course management system, which has been in use at NC State since 1999. He was a founding member of the Open Knowledge Initiative (OKI), which first articulated a need for interoperability between learning systems and can be credited for pushing commercial learning tools developers to develop APIs that developers can use. He has served in an advisory capacity to several learning technology providers and has presented at several conferences about Enterprise Learning Technology and Learning Technology Governance. He has been an active participant in and frequent volunteer for ACM SIGGRAPH, and most recently was the chair of the SIGGRAPH Student Services Committee (S3). He is an ACM Senior Member and an ACM SIGGRAPH Pioneer.