Dann is Carleton College's Media and Design Specialist, where he works directly with faculty to develop digital instructional tools that meet their pedagogical needs. He has an MFA in Digital Cinema, a BSED in English and Theatre Education from the University of South Dakota, and a certificate in Online Education from UW Stout. Prior to joining Carleton's staff, he taught communication, theatre, and video production for approximately 15 years while working as a professional actor and director--appearing in over forty national and regional commercials and directing and editing dozens of videos and musicals.
Dann’s MFA thesis project involved writing and directing an original, full-length musical, filming the entire development and production process, and editing it into an educational DVD entitled How to Write and Produce Your Own High School Musical. His DVD is currently being distributed by Films Media Group.
His focus in education has been developing effective lessons, studying the psychological impact of directorial choices within films, and engaging in the relationships that make education most powerful. His most recent endeavor is as the developer of the Little Prompter, a small teleprompter designed to help instructors easily create video for online delivery.
Dann has also presented at various national and regional educational conferences and is glad to have joined Carleton in 2014.
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