My name is Monty Jones, and I am your instructor for this course. Let me start by saying that I am really excited to be working with all of you this semester.
Professionally, I am an assistant professor of instructional technology here in the School of Education at VCU. You can check out my personal web page for further information on my publications, presentations, prior experience, etc. etc., but briefly, after graduating from James Madison University with a degree in computer information systems, I worked as a programmer/IT consultant for the next ten years. I worked primarily in the financial industry, and spent many years at Capital One here in Richmond. I was actually on the team that developed the loan originations system for them when they spun off from Signet bank. I also consulted at Bank of New York in Delaware, Seafirst Bank in Seattle, and even Victoria’s Secret in Colombus Ohio (long story).
I eventually shifted gears, and decided to explore education. I started as a middle school computer technology teacher in Hopewell, VA. I then became an instructional technology resource teacher in that division. I was awarded a fellowship to the University of Virginia to pursue my Ph.D., and after completion, accepted a position here at VCU.
Personally, I grew up here in Richmond, VA, and while I moved around a bit when I was younger (Washington D.C., Colombus, OH, Outer Banks of NC), I have always loved living here. I am married, and have two children (William 11, and Maggie 9):
We snowboard pretty much every weekend at Wintergreen resort in the winter.
Surfing in Tamarindo, Costa Rica
Fly fishing with William on the Tye River
I look forward to getting to know each of you and working together this semester. If you need to contact me, please do not hesitate to email. You can also find me on twitter at VCUMonty.