Iron man

Bryan Ollendyke, M.S.

Project Lead

The Pennsylvania State University


Bryan's first experience with educational technology came in 2001 while attending Penn State. While using an LMS called "ANGEL" to manage a group project he noted how painfully difficult the interface was for something as simple as creating directories of content. Flashforward years later and he was assigned to work on a project called "Outline Designer" to empower faculty and instructional designers to produce online materials faster and with greater prototyping capacity through speed of production.

A few years on the job and Arts and Architecture's Office of Digital learning didn't just embrace outline designer, they started to open source all creations of the organization that were in pursuit of digital learning. They released these innovations under the umbrella of the project named internally as the E-Learning Management System or ELMS for short.

Several national awards and multiple conference presentations later of different innovations, Bryan noticed that there was an inherent pattern to the solutions being crafted by the unit. When tasked with envisioning the future of the portfolio, he stepped back, cleared the whiteboard, and began a new as if all innovations were interconnected. The white board formed a series of circles all interconnected. It was with this whiteboard that ELMS: Learning Network was born.

Bryan got his M.S. in Information, Sciences & Technology in 2015 with his thesis entitled Information Altruism about the way ELMS contributions have been able to transform the organizations it touches.

Bryan no longer thinks he can transform education through a network of innovative, free and empowering technology solutions; surrounded by a team of experts in the arts, sciences, learning design, media, and software development, Bryan knows we can and will transform education.

The world needs more dreamers, bring dreams to life with us!

Degrees

  • B.S. College of Information Sciences & Technology (2006)
  • M.S. College of Information Sciences & Technology (2015)

Awards

  • 2010 – Campus Technology Innovator Award – ELMS: Open Studio system
  • 2011 – Campus Technology Innovator Award – ELMS: Media system

Presentations, News, Interviews

I speak regularly at Drupal and education centric events nationally. Topics include everything from hard skills like performance optimization and building out complex Drupal sites to philosophy discussions around Free Open Source Software and its impacts on society.

Bold denotes major industry event / role

Presentations by year, newest to oldest

Year

Event

Location

Role

2018

Educause

Denver, CO

Speaker / Panelist

2018

NGDLE Is Really Just "Enigma" Misspelled

Educause Article

Author

2018

HAX to revolutionize online course authoring in education technology

Penn State News

Interview / Article

2018

Online Course Ceation for Dummies

Inside Higher Ed

Interview / Article

2018

Open Ed

Niagra Falls, NY

Speaker

2018

 

Bryan Alexander Future Trends Forum Interview

Online Show Broadcast

Interview

2018

FLOSS Weekly 495 Interview

Online Show Broadcast

Interview

2018

Open Apereo

Montreal, Quebec

Trainer, Speaker (3)

2018

DC Drupal Webinar

Washington DC / Online

Invited Speaker

2018

Drupal4Gov Webinar

Washington DC / Online

Invited Speaker

2018

Decoupled Dev Days

John Jay College of Criminal Justice, NYC

Speaker

2018

DrupalCon Nashville

Nashville, TN

Speaker

2018

Drupal GovCon

National Institute of Health

Speaker

2018

IMS Learning Impact & Leadership Institute

Baltimore, MD

Presenter, Competition invite

2018

Utah University IT Webinar

Salt Lake City, UT / Online

Invited speaker

2018

BYU API Unconf

Provo, UT

Invited speaker

2018

Drupal Camp NJ

Princeton, NJ

Speaker

2017

Educause NGDLE Summit

Washington DC

Invited workshop attendee

2017

BYU API Unconf

Provo, UT

Invited speaker

2017

Open Apereo

Philadelphia, PA

Keynote panel

Presenter (3)

2017

DrupalCon Baltimore

Baltimore, MD

Presenter

2017

Duke Learning Tech

Durham, NC

Invited speaker

Presenter (3)

2017

Educause ELI

Houston, TX

Presenter (2)

2017

Drupal GovCon

National Institute of Health

Trainer

2017

TLT Symposium

University Park, PA

Presenter

2017

LD Summer Camp

University Park, PA

Presenter

2017

UBC Webinar

British Colombia, Canada / Online

Presenter

2017

Drupal Camp PA

University of Pittsburgh

Organizer

Presenter

2017

Srijan Webinar

India / Online

Presenter

2017

NSF STEM workshop

Altoona, PA

Presenter

2016

Computers & Writing

St. John Fisher College

Presenter

2016

Open Apereo

NYU

Presenter (2)

2016

Drupal Gov-Day

US Patent Office

Presenter

2016

DrupalCamp PA

University of Pittsburgh

Organizer

Presenter

2015

DrupalCamp Ohio

Ohio State University

Presenter (2)

2015

DrupalCamp Atlanta

Kennesaw State University

Presenter

2015

BMore Drupal

University Baltimore

Presenter

2015

DrupalCamp PA

University of Pittsburgh

Organizer,

Presenter (2)

2015

GovCon

National Institute of Health

Presenter

2015

NICECamp

United Nations

Presenter

2015

Tech Pros

Penn State York

Presenter

2015

DrupalCamp NJ

Princeton

Presenter

2014

Campus Technology

Boston, MA

Presenter

2014

DrupalCamp Ohio

Ohio State University

Presenter (2)

2014

DrupalCamp PA

University of Pittsburgh

Organizer,

Presenter (3)

2014

DrupalCamp WI

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Keynote,

Presenter

2014

DrupalCon Austin

Austin, TX

Presenter

2014

Open Ed

Washington D.C.

Presenter

2014

Web Conf

Pennsylvania State University

Presenter

2014

DrupalDelphia

Philadelphia Convention Center

Keynote,

Presenter

2013

DrupalCamp Ohio

Ohio State University

Presenter (2)

2013

DrupalCamp PSU

Pennsylvania State University

Organizer

Presenter (2)

2013

DrupalCamp NJ

Princeton

Presenter

2012

DrupalCamp PSU

Pennsylvania State University

Organizer,

Presenter

2012

DrupalCamp WI

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Keynote,

Presenter

2011

Campus Technology

Boston, MA

Award winner,

Presenter

2011

DrupalCamp PSU

Pennsylvania State University

Organizer,

Keynote,

Presenter

2010

TLT Symposium

Pennsylvania State University

Presenter

2010

Campus Technology

Boston, MA

Award winner,

Presenter

2009

DrupalCamp Montreal

McGill University, CA

Presenter (2)

2009

DrupalCamp WI

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Presenter (2)

2009

SloanC

Orlando, FL

Presenter

2008

Designs on E-Learning

Pennsylvania State University

Presenter

2008

International Conference on Arts & Humanities

Honolulu, HI

Presenter