Christopher J. Martin is a Senior I.T Support Specialist & Multimedia Manager at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, where he specializes in I.T. support and consultation, live webcast production, online learning and website building.

Since 2012, he has worked with Professor Al Filreis to create and offer Modern and Contemporary Poetry (ModPo), a free course on Coursera.org, to more than 100,000 students. Known for its high levels of student engagement and retention, the course offers a very popular series of 10+ live webcasts each Fall. During these broadcasts, students around the world are given the opportunity to call, tweet and tune into the webcast to ask questions and have discussions directly with Professor Filreis and his teaching assistants. Chris and the team use the free webcasting platforms, YouTube Live and Facebook Live, to create and stream these broadcasts. To date, ModPo’s YouTube videos have been viewed more than 100,000 times.

Chris has his Masters in Leadership and Entrepreneurial Studies from the University of Pennsylvania and his Bachelors in Radio and TV Broadcast from Temple University.

Professional Development, Conferences & Speaking

Streaming Media East Connect 2021 (Speaker)
Streaming Media East Connect 2020 (Speaker)
Streaming Media East 2019 (Speaker)
Beyond the Walls: The University of the Future Summit 2018
University of Pennsylvania I.T. Staff Convention 2018 (Speaker: “Best Practices for Live Streaming in 2018”)
Streaming Media East (Speaker: “Best Practices in Education and Training Video”)
DrupalCon 2018
Coursera Partners Conference 2018 (Poster Presentation: “Live Streaming a MOOC at the Kelly Writers House”)
Educause 2017 (Poster Presentation: “Live Streaming at the Kelly Writers House”)
Streaming Media East 2017 (Panel Moderator)
Coursera Partners Conference 2017 / 2015 / 2013 (Poster Presentation)
Streaming Media East 2016 (Speaker)
Drupaldelphia Web Conference 2016 / 2013 / 2011
University of Pennsylvania Supervisors Team Member (2015 to 2017)
Streaming Media West 2015 (Speaker) / 2013
Wharton Web Conference 2015 / 2014 / 2013 / 2012 (Committee Member)
Penn IT Staff Convention 2016 / 2015 / 2014 / 2013 / 2012
Penn Social Media Conference (Committee Member)
EdCamp Philly 2013
Drexel e-Learning Conference 3.0
UPenn Gadget Day 2013 (Presenter & Committee Member)
AMA Project Management, Educause 2012 / 2011
BarCamp 2012
Adobe Create the Web 2012

-University of Pennsylvania Silver Award (1 of 2 recipients in school): “Awarded in recognition of extraordinary contributions to the mission of the school.”
-University of Pennsylvania Bronze Award (team award)

Online Learning & Education, Live Webcasting and Streaming, Mac OS X, Drupal, HTML, CSS, Streaming Media, Broadcast Radio and TV, Telestream Wirecast, YouTube Live, Facebook Live, Digital Marketing (including Social Media and Email Marketing), Final Cut Pro, Apple Remote Desktop, Adobe Creative Suite, Digidesign Pro Tools, Studio and Theater Lighting, Project Management.

Articles and Videos

In-House Higher-Ed Streaming at UPenn’s Kelly Writers House – University of Pennsylvania IT and Multimedia Manager Christopher Martin discusses streaming operations, use cases, and workflows for UPenn’s Kelly Writers House, both in-house and on the road.

How Can Universities Raise the Bar for Remote Learning? – Notre Dame’s Eric Nisly and UPenn’s Christopher Martin discuss emerging innovations in distance learning at the university level in this clip from Streaming Media East Connect 2020.

How University Media Services Pivoted to Distance Learning – Notre Dame’s Eric Nisly and UPenn’s Chistopher Martin discuss the challenges they faced facilitating their faculty’s pivot to eLearning in this clip from Streaming Media East Connect.

Recommended Tools for Lecture Capture and Streaming – Ohio State’s Justin Troyer, UPenn’s Christopher Martin and Notre Dame’s Eric Nisly discuss their current eLearning solution deployments in this clip from Streaming Media East Connect 2020.