Dr. Jonathan Blake Huer - C.V.


Doctor of Education in Global Education Leadership

Lamar University

Apple Employee/Apple Distinguished Educator Cohort | Dissertation: Higher Education Technology Leadership: A Delphi Study

Master of Fine Arts

University of Southern California (USC)

Thesis: WhoDunIt: A hybrid interactive television show

Bachelor of Arts

University of California Los Angeles (UCLA)

Regents Scholar, Gold Shield Alumni Scholar, Chancellors Service Award Winner


SVP Strategy and Chief Learning Officer

September 2021 — November 2021Current

Indianapolis, IN

• Increased revenue by 16-25% per program through better optimization of funding sources.

• Created 3 new flexible pathways to better accommodate students in support of diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives and multiple time zone learner support.

• Build and execute digital literacy programs and workforce development programs through grants and other entities ($5m LEI, $75m PISA, etc.)

Chief Learning Officer

February 2019 — September 2021

Indianapolis, IN

  • Entrusted with responsibility of promoting learning and development curriculum across entire organization for nonprofit dedicated to bridging the tech talent gap in Indiana.
  • Strategically balanced student outcomes, growth, income, product costs, and market needs to maximize positive impact.
  • Implemented an innovative mix of products including cybersecurity, Information Technology, and UX/UI driving growth and penetrating new markets in 26 states between 2019 and 2021.
  • Focused on seamless integration of teaching, learning, innovation, and technology for all products to promote and cultivate culture of continuous learning enabling 100+ staff and 500+ students to grow, increase capabilities, and develop professionally.
  • Introduced new classes and new modes of teaching (part-time, hybrid and online), effectively increasing enrolment by 10x within 16 months.
  • Rapidly moved all courses online enabling a continuation of our growth building upon foundation laid when I was also Chief Information Officer despite Covid.
  • Recognized in 2021 as Best Online Bootcamp and Best Cybersecurity Bootcamp by Course Report. Continued streak of Best Bootcamp from 2017-2021.
  • Recognized in 2021 as a Climb Verified Coding Bootcamp for “a track record of positive results in the form of graduation, job placement, and salary increases after graduation.”

Consultant, Huer LLC

July 2009 — Current

I created my LLC for the numerous educational technology consulting, app development, and media production gigs I complete. Over the course of my career, I've interviewed numerous luminaries including as John Wooden (UCLA Basketball Coach), Maria Cantwell (Junior Senator from Washington), Ron Sugar (CEO of Northrop Grumman), Sheri Schultz (Philanthropist and wife of Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz), and Henry Waxman (Representative from the 33rd Congressional District). I enjoy working behind the scenes with non-profit organizations supporting important causes with my media, design, and web creations.

Recent Projects include:

• Designed and implemented the “e-campus” (completely online experience) for West Hills College as part of a Federal Grant with Certification & Career Pathways Readiness Group, LLC. Revised systems and policies to transition from a face to face model to a hybrid and online model. Increased enrollment by 40%.

• Designed and implemented an educational program for medical doctors who want to convert their practice to a Direct Primary Care model for Freedom Healthworks. Integrated with various relationship management systems and lead generation using data. Planned launch in January 2019.

• Contributed to curriculum and certification program for global deployment under NDA.

• Supported the California State University Learning Platforms and Services Task Force by shepherding the RFP process, facilitating transparency and communication through webinars and other methods, and creating and maintaining https://csulps.com. Worked across 23 campuses with faculty, CIOs, Provosts, students, and other key stakeholders.

Chief Learning Officer and Chief Information Officer

February 2019 — November 2019

Eleven Fifty Academy

  • Implemented evidence based, best practices, heuristics, and policies across learning, data, and IT operations to prepare staff for rapid growth.
  • Successfully upgraded, replaced, and/or built out infrastructure to support company growth including phone system, help desk, learning management system, donor tracking and relationship management system, marketing, and integrated student information system.
  • Reduced technology costs by 40% per student while improving program quality
  • Created and implemented instructor training program to grow and retain high quality staff while containing costs in a competitive technical job market. Reduced churn from 60% in first 5 months to 3% over subsequent 22 months.
  • Improved student experience and data generation in existing courses in Javascript (React and Angular) and C# (.net frameworks). Built and deployed Python and Cybersecurity courses and added new part time model across all courses.
  • Aligned products (classes), policies, and systems for scale by strategically adopting onprem and cloud solutions.

Director, Instructional Technology Support Services

February 2017 — March 2018

California State University Long Beach

Support and improve teaching and learning for 40k faculty and students through the strategic use of technology and media.

  • Lead 5 teams: Instructional Design and Training including support; Application Development and Integration; Systems and Solutions; Software and Statistics (Research) Support Services; and Creative Services (video, web design, and graphics). Introduced Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for better transparency on diverse unit activities.
  • Strategically focused on fewer, but more highly utilized systems and services for better data collection and reporting. Organically increased learning management system usage (“BeachBoard”) by 4% to 402 million interactions per year.
  • Reduced ongoing services cost by 12% over 2 years through renegotiation of agreements and/or deprecation of software while still increasing quality and quantity of services to improve teaching and learning. Overall, various services have a 72-86% satisfaction rate among faculty and students. Working to better track and improve those measures.
  • Successfully introduced new services that support campus initiatives including mobile friendly interfaces, learning glass studio, media support that is captioned and compliant, and 24/7 chat and phone support for students. Media tool was used more after the first month than the previous service was used after a year.
  • Developed and ran a comprehensive, multi-year, strategic design program (AIDI) for over 30 departments involving over 120 faculty. Program allows departments to create and implement plans resulting in a 4.2% increase in courses available online across campus after just the first year. 90% of faculty participants would recommend the program to their colleagues.
  • Pilot projects include the first chatbot, badging for curricular and co-curricular activities, electronic portfolio for students, and data integration between various institutional systems.
  • Elected to CSU wide Director of Academic Technology Executive Board to facilitate communication and collaboration among 23 Cal State University campuses.
  • Actively participate in campus wide initiatives: Highly Valued Degree Initiative Research and Measures task force, and Student Success task force; Faculty Committee on Technology; and Data Fellows program. Also participate in system wide initiatives CSU Online, Affordable Learning Solutions, and Quality Assurance program.
  • Recipient of the Gold Award for Shared Services and Achieving Economies of Scale for our collaborative work across divisions and campuses.

Project Manager for Innovation in Learning Design & Technology

November 2016 — February 2017

California State University Office of the Chancellor

Responsible for managing system-wide projects for the Academic Technologies Shared Services and Course Redesign with Technology teams.

  • Managed system-wide requests for proposals (RFPs), webinars, presentations, campus communications, and vendor relationships across the 23 campuses of the California State University system.
  • Created fresh, visually appealing strategic communications in support of over 150 faculty projects.
  • Built, updated, and maintained the Learning Platforms and Services website to provide guidance on LMS information at a system wide level.
  • Note: Served as a consultant to the CSU Chancellor's Office from August 2015 to June 2016.

Chief Design Officer

May 2016 — March 2017

Skoolbo PTE LTE, Singapore

Responsible for designing new apps and media products for a diverse, multilingual, global market.

  • Designed and developed apps and media products for the K-3 market.
  • Explored new markets with casual gaming prototypes and adult literacy apps.
  • Directed, managed, coordinated development, production, creative, and customer support teams in Canada, Philippines, Vietnam, Australia, England, and the United States (Los Angeles and Houston).
  • Managed vendors in various countries to build and support studio operations for digital distribution.
  • Work samples available upon request.

Director of Emerging Technologies and Media Development

November 2008 — May 2016

Ball State University, Muncie, IN

  • Leadership: Manage 10 professional staff and 45 student employees (the Digital Corps). Created a nimble, high velocity, management structure to complete projects outside the traditional academic IT infrastructure. Responsible for mobile development campuswide.
  • Innovation: Create IP across a range of technology. Developed 17 custom apps including an innovative assessment tool leading Blackboard Mobile to fly the dev and design team to San Francisco to find out more.
  • Collaboration: Created Frog Baby Apps LLC working closely with University Marketing and Communications, Associate Provost for Research, and the Ball State Innovation Corporation to solve conflicting policies around innovation. Frog Baby Apps provides a distribution outlet for faculty and student created mobile apps, videos, and electronic publications with a streamlined administrative process.
  • Content Creation: Consistently produce award winning stories (narrative shorts, documentaries, cinema quality distance learning content, etc.), innovative apps (iOS, Android and Windows), websites, electronic texts (iBooks and Adobe DPS), and physical interfaces and objects (kiosks, 3D printing and rapid prototyping) for on campus partners. In 2013, produced over 360 minutes of high quality video content for online learning including a cinema quality Film Noir MOOC.
  • External Partnerships: Office researched and advised the Indiana State legislature on its transition to an electronic process, designed the current award winning IN.gov, and created the first Garfield iPhone game.
  • Educator: Designed, and managed an online curriculum that supported over 600 students in its last semester. Patiently worked through the academic process to implement this innovative digital skills curriculum.
  • Relationship Building: Built a reputation for the unit and Ball State locally, nationally, and internationally leading to extensive requests for thought leadership, innovation, and support from the private and government sectors.
  • Student Success: Created a successful student employee training system that provides Digital Corps students with the skills, experience, and culture of a “coast style startup environment” before they graduate; all within the existing higher education structure and an experience otherwise unavailable in the local area.
  • Entrepreneurship: Responsible for Frog Baby Apps LLC, a for-profit company 90% owned by Ball State University. Developed IP from an external contract and later to a private company. Mentor numerous fledging students companies including Rumr which was funded for $800k by Google and others.
  • Awards: Office creative projects have won 4 Tellys, 3 Pixies, a W3 Award, Communicator Award, and a VEMA.

Managing Director, Frog Baby Apps LLC

May 2010 — June 2016

Frog Baby Apps is the official mobile app distributor of Ball State University. It is designed to allow students and faculty to exercise collaboration, creativity, and innovation to generate real-life, revenue-generating mobile apps.

Director, Digital Corps

November 2006 — November 2008

Ball State University, Muncie, IN

  • As of Fall 2013, 187 students had gone through the Digital Corps. 100% were employed or in graduate school with 80% employed in their field of first choice. (See the Digital Corps stories page at vimeo.com/channels/digitalcorpsstories).
  • Designed and implemented an interdisciplinary pre-professional training program for 25-35 students as part of a grant from the Lilly Endowment.
  • Created a tripod model: depth of skill in an area, breadth of skill to facilitate collaboration, and soft skills to be an effective employee.
  • Students had 100% employment at graduation working across the country for companies such as MTV, Sesame Street, Branding Brand, and the New Orleans Hornets in video, design, and development; or acceptance into graduate school. Alumni have sold pilots and developed apps such as Sephora and American Eagle’s official apps.
  • Projects included numerous videos, a digital billboard system and the Ball State University Chirper–the first iPhone App at Ball State and one of the earliest in the Midwest.

Production Secretary on FACELESS

February 2006 — April 2006

Pilot for Fox TV. (EP Tony Krantz)

Assistant to the Producer on CARRIER

August 2005 — February 2006

10 part miniseries for PBS. (Assistant to Mitchel Block)


July 2004 — October 2004

United Talent Agency (UTA)

Video Department Intern

September 2002 — May 2003

UCLA Athletics

Technician, Level II

February 2000 — December 2002

UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture

Maintained 50+ Apple based computers for students, faculty, and staff including specialized lab for video production and motion graphics.


Creator of Be Employed: The App (iPhone App)

July 2014

With over 100 practice questions, Be Employed When You Graduate: The App helps you nail your job interview and negotiate effectively to get the most from your new position.

Creator of Figure It (iPhone app)

February 2010

The first training aid app designed for competitive figure skaters

Producer and Editor of Vale Todo (Anything Goes)

February 2008 — March 2010

Editor of Freshman Julie

November 2008

Shot and edited in less than 24 hours. Directed by Nolan Lebovitz.

Producer of Looking for My Brother

December 2003 — August 2005

  • Winner-Best Picture. 2006 Action on Film Festival.
  • Winner-Soaring Eagle. 2006 Idaho Panhandle International Film Festival.
  • Winner-Gold Medal for Excellence, Park City Film Music Festival.

Director and Co-Editor of Hawaii Fi-Do

May 2005 — September 2005

Editor on Meg Unbecoming

January 2004 — May 2004

16mm short directed by Maurice James
Official Selection: Los Angeles International Short Film Festival

Video Producer UCLA Young Alumni Reunion

April 2003 — May 2003

Director/Editor of Coach John Wooden

August 2001 — September 2002

"UCLA has arguably the finest film school in the land, but one of its most irresistible features is the seven-minute short on John Wooden in the Hall of Fame’s Spirit Theater."

- Doug Ward writing on ESPN.com

Director and Editor for the UCLA Hall of Fame Spirit Theater

August 2001 — September 2002

Created 9 short films for permanent installation in the UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame.
Shorts include: Football, Basketball, Championships, Women of Westwood, Olympians, and Bruin Greats.


Instructor, West Hills College

October 2018 — December 2018

Coalinga, CA

Taught two online sections of Computer Information Systems 20, Graphic Design with Photoshop.

Facilitator, Online Learning Consortium

September 2015


Introduction to Mobile Apps and Tablets for educators.

Facilitator, Online Learning Consortium

April 2015


Introduction to Mobile Apps and Tablets for educators.

Instructor, Interdisciplinary Program

January 2009 — May 2013

Ball State University, Muncie, IN

ID 151 Final Cut Pro, ID 165 Adobe Premiere Pro, ID 153 Color, ID 155 DVD Studio Pro.

Taught courses in person and online (with over 100 students).

Guest Instructor, Future Media Concepts

August 2010

Boston, MA

Introduction to Color Correction Using Final Cut Studio’s Color

Guest Instructor, Department of Journalism

July 2010

University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE

Storytelling with Adobe Premiere, Sponsored by Adobe for the 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games

Instructor, Entertainment & Music Industry Program

June 2008 — June 2009

UCLA Extension, Los Angeles, CA

Introduction to Color Correction Using Final Cut Studio’s Color

Adjunct Professor of Telecommunications

August 2007 — May 2008

Ball State University, Muncie, IN

TCOM 334 (Intermediate Video), TCOM 199 (Special Topics)

Camp Director and Instructor, iD Tech Camps

UC San Diego, Colorado College, University of Michigan

Taught middle and high school students film making and web development.

Summer 2001, 2003, 2004


Gold Award Winner, Shared Services and Achieving Economies of Scale

August 2017

Presented to the California State University Long Beach Academic Technology Services, Library, Information Technology Services, and Enrollment Services for their collaborative work on the system wide library project.

Digital Innovation in Learning Award - DILA 2014 Honorable Mention

October 2014

Named as one of four Honorable Mention entries in the Administrator Trailblazer category from over 550 entries nationwide.

AEL Impact Award

February 2013

"In recognition of outstanding contribution to the education community"

Mira Award Finalist in Mobile Excellence and Innovation

April 2013

Mira Award Finalist in Education Program

May 2008


Avid Certified Instructor

Apple Master Trainer in Final Cut Studio


Stop fighting for a slice. Grow the pie.

July 2017

Adobe Education Leader North American Summit, San Jose, CA

What Do Today's Students Really Need to Succeed in the Future?

October 2016 — October 2016

Educause Annual Conference, Anaheim, CA

With Dr. Gerard Puccio, Chair and Professor at SUNY Buffalo State, and Tacy Trowbridge of Adobe.

Save Time and Resources: Using Disruptive Technologies in Higher Education

October 2016

Educause Annual Conference, Anaheim, CA

Producing for Educators

July 2016

Worldwide Apple Distinguished Educator Institute 2016, Berlin, Germany

Gaining consensus on the future of your LMS: insights and best practices from California State University

July 2016

Blackboard Word 2016, Las Vegas, NV

Panelist with Michael Berman, Kathy Fernandes, and Jean-Pierre Bayard.

The Cutting Edge Campus: Technology Integration Strategies for Higher Ed Institutions

October 2015

SimplifiED Summit, Los Angeles CA

With Seema B Shah, Dr. Joseph Paul Cevetello, Dr. Jeff Borden, moderated by James Marshall Crotty.

Engagement and Retention Through Mobile Gamification

April 2015

2015 Campus Tech Forum Long Beach

Co-Presenter with Scott Reinke

Book to App: Overcoming the Challenges of Disrupting Yourself

July 2015

2015 Campus Technology, Boston, MA

Engagement and Retention Through Mobile Gamification

July 2015

2015 Campus Technology, Boston, MA

Co-Presenter with Scott Reinke

Book to App: Overcoming the Challenges of Disrupting Yourself

April 2015

2015 Campus Tech Forum Long Beach

Books are books and apps are apps. But it's still difficult!

October 2014

Adobe MAX, Los Angeles, CA

Invited by Adobe to give an IGNITE talk at the #CreateEdu UnConference.

Leading Creative Learning: Perspectives from the Field

July 2014

2014 Annual Adobe Education Leader Institute, San Jose, CA

With Pip Cleaves, NSW Department of Education and Communities; Nancy Dick , Lake Washington Institute of Technology; Andy Phelps, Rochester Institute of Technology; and Jeff Larson, Balboa High School.

Yes. You can design and publish a book.

July 2014

Apple Distinguished Educator Global Institute, La Jolla, CA

Digital Corps: a model for midwest student success

March 2014

SXSWedu, Austin, TX

I presented a solo presentation at SXSWedu as part of the "Entrepreneurialism in Education" track.

Creativity in Higher Education

March 2014

Adobe Creativity in Education Meet Up


October 2013

Educause Annual Conference, Anaheim, CA

With Michael Chen, Jennifer Strickland, and Laura Pedrick.
Presentation as part of the Inaugural Breakthrough Models Academy.


October 2013

Governmental Affairs Society of Indiana Annual Conference, French Lick, Indiana

“Digital Corps Update”

July 2013

Adobe Education Leader Summer Institute, San Jose, CA

“Creating effective mobile app development teams”

July 2012

Adobe Education Leader Summer Institute, San Jose, CA

“Creating effective mobile app development teams”

November 2012

Adobe Education Exchange Live; Toronto, Ontario, Canada

“Developing Mobile Apps” (in the classroom setting)

October 2011

International Digital Media and Arts Association (iDMAa); Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Georgia

“Effective Use of Social Media”

September 2011

National Conference of Editorial Writers, Indianapolis, IN

“Media in the Middle of Nowhere: The Ball State Digital Corps”

July 2011

Adobe Education Leader Summer Institute, San Jose, CA

“Intellectual Property: Copyright, Education & the National Broadband Plan”

October 2010

Digital Policy in an Information Economy, Indianapolis, IN

“Integrating Adobe training into Ball State University through the Digital Corps”

October 2010

Adobe Max, Los Angeles, CA

“From Start To Finish: The creative and practical needs of a successful media project”

November 2009

IDMMA Conference, Muncie, IN

“Breaking New Ground with Apple Technology You Already Have”

July 2009

Campus Technology Conference, Boston, MA

“Digital Corps: a new model for education”

May 2009

AcademiX Conference, Indianapolis, IN

“Second Shift: The Ethics of Retooling the Teacher: ‘We are more than button Pushers!’”

April 2009

Broadcast Educators Association Annual Conference, Las Vegas, NV

“Final Cut Studio 2”

January 2008

Indiana Computer Educator Conference, Indianapolis, IN

Teaching Final Cut Pro: Challenges & Strategies: “Understand Final Cut Pro, Don’t Just Use It”

April 2008

Broadcast Educators Association Annual Conference, Las Vegas, NV


A Brief History of the CIO

August 2018 — September 2018


ELI 2018 Key Issues in Teaching and Learning

February 2018

Educause Learning Initiative

Higher Ed Disruption in Context

October 2015

EDUCAUSE Review, vol. 50, no. 6 (November/December 2015)

Managing Constant Change

EDUCAUSE Review, vol. 50, no. 1 (January/February 2015)

“Digital Natives vs. Digital Immigrants”

September 2014

Next Generation Learning Challenges Blog

“What will be the next wave of Classroom Technology?”

July 2014

Next Generation Learning Challenges Blog and Educause Blog

“Be Employed When You Graduate”

January 2014

Paperback, iBook, and Kindle

“Making Technology Valuable: Stories of Meaningful Assessment”

May 2012

iTunes U ADE curated collection

With Larry Baker, Dave Boardman, Jim Harmon, and Matt Wormwood.

“Apple Certs Help Ignite Careers”

March 2009

Certification Magazine


#HackIndiana Steering Committee Member