As part of its outreach and educational efforts, the Innovation in Technology Education Center (iTec) sponsors a periodic seminar series. Speakers from the educational research community are invited to present on topics of interest to the faculty, staff, and students in the College of Computing and Digital Media (CDM).

On October 28, 2011 the members of the Innovation in Technology Education Center (iTec) hosted Mark Guzdial from Georgia Tech for the inaugural iTec seminar.

As a part of the event, Mark was interviewed for a future podcast, met with CDM faculty and Deans, and gave a presentation on “Media Computation: Contextualized Computing Education”.

The event attracted faculty, staff, and students from over 10 Chicago-area institutions including Loyola University, the University of Chicago Lab Schools, King College Prep High School, and Naperville North High School.

For more information on the presentation and our speaker, click here.



Iridel is a 3D game creation package specifically designed to explore the game development process while keeping the coding requirement as simple as possible.

Game development games requires mastering a vast array of skill sets. As a consequence, teaching game development should definitely place a very strong emphasis on creating games early and often. Unfortunately, even implementing simple games often requires significant programming skills. Even worse: not every game developer wants to end up on the programming side of the business.

This is where Iridel comes in.

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The Innovation in Technology Education Center (iTec) promotes and enhances the creative educational and pedagogical work of the faculty of the College of Computing and Digital Media (CDM) at DePaul University.

iTec is committed to disseminating the unique approaches to technology education and curriculum that have been pioneered at CDM, as well as to obtaining funding for future innovations.

Terry Steinbach
DePaul University
Associate Professor
Director of iTec
Director of Student Learning

Dr. Steinbach teaches a variety of classes in the School of Computing in DePaul University’s College of Computing & Digital Media. Her favorite class to teach is the senior capstone that provides applications to community-based organizations using open source software. The class also integrates the students’ liberal studies education with their major technical coursework as demonstrated in leadership and career exercises, ethics and reflective essays, and communication skills.

Dr. Steinbach’s current research interests focus on implementing teaching strategies in both online and in-class courses. She is actively involved in recruiting and retaining women in technology and is the faculty advisor for DePaul’s ACM-W chapter and the Digital Divas, a networking and support group.

Dr. Steinbach serves on the board of the MidWest Girls Collaborative Project. She is a member of the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) Academic Alliance Executive Committee and chairs a Webinar series for the organization as well as chairing the Illinois Region Aspirations in Computing Award for NCWIT. Dr. Steinbach is Secretary/Treasurer of the ACM’s Special Interest Group for Information Technology Education.