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John Verbick

OU Information Technology
Lab Program Lead, Learning Spaces
John Verbick is passionate about the learning experiences that the OU community engages in on a daily basis, and the ways that technology and spaces can enrich academic pursuits. He works as the Lab Program Lead, overseeing the operation of the more than 50 OU computer labs and practice spaces managed by IT. Current projects include innovative redesign of practice spaces, cloud printing integration, and virtual desktop infrastructure implementation. With over 12 years of experience teaching in traditional and online environments, John has a unique perspective on the student and faculty experience.

After completing a degree in Letters and Spanish at OU, John lived and studied in Spain, returning to the US to complete a Masters in Spanish. He worked for several years as the director of the OU Language Learning Center, where he provided daily technology support to the largest and most diverse department in the College of Arts and Sciences, and developed skills in software and hardware support, user education and training, video production, and project management. When his fingers aren’t pounding away at a computer keyboard, you might see them plucking a mandolin, or thumbing through a favorite book.