Session: Student Engagement: A View from Virtual Worlds
Bio: Joel T. Keener is a tenured Associate Professor teaching Art and Graphic Design at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania. A published author, artist, photographer, sculptor, graphic designer, graphic artist, and web designer, Joel received his MFA in Sculpture at the University of Pennsylvania, and an MS in Adult and Continuing Education at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania. He co-authored the current BS Graphic Design program and serves as the program coordinator. Joel has also served as Director for the Center for the Advancement of Teaching, Learning, and Assessment (CATLA) for several years until a full time Instructional Designer was brought onboard. Joel also serves on the Strategic Planning Council and Media Advisory Committee. His interest in virtual worlds stems from his artistic imagination and the compelling desire to engage teaching and learning with fun. Joel is a member of NAEA and advisor to Cheyney University's National Art Honor Society. A member of NAPP (National Association of Photoshop Professionals) Joel has attended numerous conferences featuring cutting edge presentations of the latest Adobe products. Joel's commitment to helping others has earned him the Presidential Lifetime Volunteer Service Award. Prior to college, Joel served in the U.S. Navy's Nuclear Power Program aboard the USS Enterprise CVAN 65 during two tours in Viet Nam. Upon being honorably discharged Joel was accepted to college under the G.I. Bill where he received a BS degree in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Studio Art. Joel's artistic endeavors lead him to the digital environment of graphic art and design. His explorations of digital art have produced a portfolio of original and compelling imagery. His exhibition history includes the United Nations, NY, Art Expos in Chicago, Ill., Los Vegas, NV, juried shows in Philadelphia, PA., Cairo, Egypt, and has work in numerous private collections. In 2006 along with other American artists and Egyptian artists exhibited his art in an International Juried Exhibition for peace at the Cairo Opera house in Cairo, Egypt.