Founding Partners

The founding partners include: Digital Scholarship at Founders Memorial Library and NIU Outreach eLearning Services. These partners bring a unique mix of technical and scholarly skills to the Lab. The Digitization Unit has compiled an impressive library of digitized historical documents and artifacts. eLearning Services has worked with faculty and other content experts to produce more than 100 online courses and learning modules, and a variety of online services for educators, state governments, associations, museums, and businesses.

The lab is co-directed by Aline Click of NIU Outreach eLearning Services and Drew Vandecreek of the NIU Digital Scholarship at Founders Memorial Library.

Aline Click is the Director of NIU eLearning Services and has provided leadership in online education for NIU since 1998. Her background in electronic media, web development, educational technology, project management and leadership of the highly successful eLearning Services team demonstrates her passion for NIU.

Drew VandeCreek is the Director of Digital Scholarship at Founders Memorial Library and is responsible for coordination of Abraham Lincoln Historical Digitization Project activities with partner institutions, including the selection of material for digitization and establishment of standards for digital capture and cataloging of material.

Professional Staff

The DCL is supported by professional staff working together to achieve common goals for the university.

Faculty and Staff

NIU faculty and staff are invited to contribute their energy, enthusiasm, and expertise by partnering with the Digital Convergence Lab, participating in shared research, coaching a team of students on an experiential learning project, or presenting at a community workshop.



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