Jim Wentworth


eLearning Professional

It is not the knowledge we share with students, but the authentic and meaningful experiences we provide them, that will shape their futures.


Southern Illinois University - Carbondale

May 2000

MA in Communications

College of Mass Communications and Media Arts
Carbondale, Illinois
Specialization in Interactive Media
Teaching Assistant - Visual Literacy Course
Research Assistant - Instructional Support Services

University of Colorado logo University of Colorado - Denver

May 1997

BFA in Photography

College of Arts & Media
Denver, Colorado
Colorado Scholars grant recipient
Undergraduate Research Opportunity (UROP) grant recipient

Areas of Expertise

Academic Technologies
Student-Centered Pedagogies
Virtual & Augmented Reality

Digital Media Production

Learning Space Design
Faculty Development
Online & Blended Course Design
Online Teaching

Design Thinking

HTML 5, CSS, Javascript

Employment History

I've had a variety of roles and responsibilities in these academic positions including, curriculum redesign, managing online courses and programs, developing professional certification programs, designing and supporting flexible learning spaces, and most recently researching and implementing mixed reality technologies to enhance experiential learning.

University of Illinois logo University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Dec 2011 - present

eLearning Professional

Instructional Spaces and Technologies
The Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning

My current position at the Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning (CITL) provides me opportunities to explore and promote educational innovations including new flexible classroom design, Makerlabs, and peer-instruction. These trends have all influenced the design of the new Illinois Innovation Studio and Virtual Reality Lab.
My recent projects and responsibilities at CITL include:

University of Colorado logo University of Colorado - Boulder

May 2006 - Nov 2011

Assistant Director Academic Technology

Independent Learning Program
Division of Continuing Education and Professional Studies

I started at CU Boulder as an academic coordinator mainly focusing on the online courses offered through the Independent Learning Program. My role quickly grew to include the development of a new professional certificate in Sustainable Practices.
During my 5 years at CU, I juggled the following responsibilities:

  • Coordinate and support online program of 160+ courses with 100+ faculty
  • Build and manage the Sustainable Practices professional development program
  • Develop online resources, community portals and social media campaigns
  • Assist faculty in the development of new Summer Session online courses
  • Oversee instructional design team in the revision of existing online courses
  • Support the campus transition from Blackboard to Desire2Learn
  • Develop and implement course capture and streaming delivery protocols

Teaching Experience

I've been involved in teaching and training in one form or another all of my adult life, from teaching a Basics of Photography workshop while in the Coast Guard, to exploring high school teaching in my undergraduate program, and eventually assuming the faculty roles listed below. Currenty, I enjoy sharing my experience through consultations, workshops and faculty development opportunites, along with the occassional new media course.

University of Illinois logo University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Jan 2018 - May 2018

Immersive Media Instructor

Media & Cinema Studies | College of Media

It was great to get the opportunity to offer a course introducing immersive media to a variety of University of Iliinois students. Collectively we explored:

  • Timeline creation with JS Timeline
  • Creating 360 photos with Google Streetview app
  • Shooting 360 video with the GoPro Fusion
  • Using Google Titlbrush as a tool for creative exploration
  • Editing 360 video with Adobe Pemiere
  • HTC Vive and Oculus Rift hardware
  • Physiology of the human brain and eye
  • Visual stimulus, perception and memory

University of Colorado logo University of Colorado - Denver

Aug 2000 - May 2006

Visual Arts Instructor

Multimedia Studies Program | College of Arts & Media

It was exciting to return to my alma mater in Denver to teach within an emerging Multimedia Studies program in the College of Arts & Media. In this position I developed more than a dozen new courses and taught over 50 sections in my five year stint as adjunct faculty. Among the courses I developed and taught at CU Denver were:

  • MUME 3400 Digital Image Manipulation
  • MUME 3415 Advanced Multimedia Authoring
  • FA 3430 Digital Design
  • FA 3448 Investigations of Interaction & New Media
  • FA 4350 Interactive Arts & the Digital Aesthetic
  • FA 4350 Internet Culture (Online)
  • FA 4350 History of Digital Media (Online)

red rocks community college logo Red Rocks Community College

Aug 2000 - May 2003

Mutlimedia Instructor

Multimedia and Graphics Design program

In my early career as an instructor, I was fortunate to have the chance to extend my teaching experience to include Red Rocks Community College. The eagerness of adult learners, as well as the diversity of backgrounds and talents made it a challenging experience to deliver courses that met the needs and expectations of all students. This position also allowed me to expand my teaching to include topics that I might not have otherwise explored. The courses I developed and taught at Red Rocks include:

  • MTC 120 Adobe Photoshop
  • MTC 150 Introduction to Multimedia Authoring
  • MTC 155 Introduction to Web Page Design
  • MTC 115 Color Theory

Professional Development

Thanks to recent neuroscience research, we now know that the brain continues to change and grow throughout our lifetime as we encounter new experiences and investigate new ideas. Here is a sample of some of the more formalized, brain-changing activites I've enjoyed in the past few years.


2014 - 2019

Virtual Reality for Educators

Adobe Education Exchange - Coming Fall 2019

Getting Started with UX Design

This FREE online course from Adobr is aimed at educators looking to get started using UX Design projects in their classroom. Explore the principles of UX Design with Adobe XD, then apply new digital skills and create practical UX design projects to use in your curriculum. Adobe Education Exchange

Learning How to Learn: Powerful mental tools to help you master tough subjects

This course gives you easy access to the invaluable learning techniques used by experts in art, music, literature, math, science, sports, and many other disciplines. We’ll learn about the how the brain uses two very different learning modes and how it encapsulates (“chunks”) information. We’ll also cover illusions of learning, memory techniques, dealing with procrastination, and best practices shown by research to be most effective in helping you master tough subjects.
University of California, San Diego on Coursera

An Introduction to Evidence-Based Undergraduate STEM Teaching

This online course is designed to provide future STEM faculty, graduate students and post-doctoral fellows with an introduction to effective teaching strategies and the research that supports them. The goal of the eight-week course is to equip the next generation of STEM faculty to be effective teachers, thus improving the learning experience for the thousands of students they will teach.
STEM Teaching Course at Vanderbilt University

Blackboard Coursesites: Designing an Exemplary Course

Using the Blackboard Exemplary Course Program (ECP) Rubric as a guide, this open course will provide both theoretical concepts and practical tools for instructors to recognize, organize, and build online courses for both blended learners and online learners.
Mozilla Backpack

Conferences & Symposia

2015 - 2019

Faculty Summer Institute 2019

FSI @ the Intersection of Teaching, Learning and Technology
Virtual Reality Assignments for Non-Programmers
Jim Wentworth, Andrew Wilson, Jamie Nelson

This session introduced easy entry points to explore virtual reality assignments within any course. We looked at free online 3D modeling tools tools like Tinkercad and Sketchfab, virtual tour creation tools, and 360 video projects.

Faculty Summer Institute 2018

FSI @ the Intersection of Teaching, Learning and Technology
Not an Engineer? No Problem! Engaging students with 3D design
Jim Wentworth, Ashley Mitek & Jamie Nelson

This session detailed how you can turn students from knowledge consumers to knowledge creators using 3D design projects. We highlighted one faculty's experience introducing a 3D design project to non-engineering students, with no previous background using the technology. The successes, lessons learned, and future plans, will be discussed.

Reimagining the Classroom Symposium 2016

Reimagining the Classroom: A Student-Centric Approach. This is the second time we've offered this symposium at the University of Illinois. Rex Miller gave a great keynote this year focused on the differences between the Gutenburg and Google cultures. Also very useful architect panel outlining a variety of learning space projects on our campus and beyond.

Educause Learning Initiative Annual Meeting 2016

Crafting our Future: Toward New Digital Learning Environments. Great conference and wonderful three days in San Antonio. Memorable moments include Robbie Kendall-Melton's Internet of Things presentation and Randy Bass keynote as well as the release of the 2016 NMC Horizon Report.

Faculty Summer Institute 2015

FSI @ the Center of Teaching and Technology. The Faculty Summer Institute is a regional conference offered annually at the University of Illinois campus for nearly twenty years. The conference features keynote presentations, networking, and hands-on training on the use of modern communication and information technologies in higher education.

Innovate Conference 2015

Innovate is The Ohio State University’s annual conference exploring teaching and learning with technology.

InfoComm 2015

InfoComm is the largest and most comprehensive show for professional audiovisual communications in the United States.

Portfolio Timeline

1989 - 2019