About Me


Self Portrait, March 2017I’m a professional educator.

My greatest strengths are in creative problem solving in pedagogy and content delivery. I thrive in environments rich in opportunities to approach and tackle novel applications of educational principles. I am interested in both the innovation and integration of technology in education, but my focus is always on the quality of education and not the tools used.

My current title is “Educational Technology Specialist,” though calling me an Instructional Designer wouldn’t be too far off, either. I work for Tufts Technical Services, and help develop and maintain a growing roster of online and blended learning programs- primarily at the graduate level. I’m fluent in course and program design, instructor development, and course management. Recently I’ve been working on our migration from a Sakai-based Learning Management System to Canvas by Instructure. You can find more professional background about me on LinkedIn.

I run a small divergent thinking focussed newsletter- you can sign up for it here.

Previously, I was a High School English and Media Production teacher, and I was lucky enough to play a part in an early large-scale 1:1 iPad rollout in PK-12 public education. Much of my time was spent thinking about how technology might be used to enhance pedagogy in classrooms, and helping others down the path to better tech integration. I also helped to run/produce/lead a number of conferences. I met with and consulted with 125+ districts between 2012-14 about moving to 1:1 computing and the culture shift that such a move requires, and on issues ranging from the use of media in classrooms to the physical design of learning spaces.

I have been point person on the design of several textbooks, both for traditional analog publishing as well as digital texts. Based on my work, districts have been able to abandon commercially produced textbooks in favor of self-produced- a clear advantage not only in price but in flexibility and quality as well. Nowadays, you’d call this leveraging OER.

My other work- and that’s really anything not related to education- usually happens under the name nothingfuture. Currently, nothingfuture.com redirects to timcalvin.com, but I’m hoping to launch that site as a fully separate entity in the not-so-distant future.

You can contact me several ways:

  • Twitter
  • email (best used is “tim at this domain”)

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