The Modern Media Barn was started in the early 1990’s as a location on AOL. It was used as a resource for my students. Over the years, I moved it to the web and even more students used the site to download readings, complete assignments, and communicate with cohorts.
I was an early adopter of communication technologies. In my masters program, I conducted a national online survey in 1985. My dissertation concerned a traffic analysis in pre-internet online discussion groups.
In my 15 years as a professor, I shared my excitement for new media while also teaching media law and research methods. I specialized in developing tools to analyze audience loyalty and acceptance of innovative ideas.
After my wife earned her Ph.D., we moved to Louisiana for her job. I started as an adjunct for graduate and undergraduate students in University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Communications and Management departments — teaching research method, theory, and statistics.
I soon started work at what became the Picard Center for Child Development and Lifelong Learning. For 12 years, I transitioned to education research — evaluating the state’s initiatives in education and social programs. I applied the statistical methods from media studies to education research to determine differential effects by demographic groups.
On the side, I have continued research in adoption of online movements, and digital technologies. As a private consultant, I have worked with an international food relief program on their Google Adwords account, and with the Office of the Chief Government Statistician of Zanzibar on a survey of businesses.