Biographical Profile: Miary Andriamiarisoa

Miary has worked in the field of Higher Education for more than 20 years. As a faculty member, he taught Computer Sciences; subsequently he transitioned in his career to focus on educational technology to leverage his technology background, knowledge, and experience. His passion lies in creating learning systems that strategically align learning and technology, with the goal to create an engaging educational environment that fosters deep learning.

He has been the architect behind University-wide major technology initiatives designed to support teaching and learning at WesternU. Among the enterprise initiatives that he led and conducted are the implementation of learning management system (LMS), lecture capture system, streamlined online learning platforms, audience response system, digital audio visual systems, dynamic and flexible content management systems, low-latency lecture streaming technology, to name but a few. He has also led mobile learning initiatives to leverage the explosion in the usage of mobile devices, with their adoption having reached societal ubiquity.

He initiated and implemented solutions that involve the creation of learning platforms and strategies that leverage 3D technologies, including 3D printing, 3D scanning, 3D animations, 3D applications development, and interactive 3D learning components.

Miary’s passion for creating an educational environment conducive to learning led him to emphasize the use of gamification in learning. He led initiatives that contributed to the creation of game-based learning applications that make use of game mechanics in order to bring new dimensions to the learning experience that contribute to the creation of an engaging learning experience and enhances student learning.

After completing his MA in Theology in 1987, Collonges University, France, he went on to study Computer Science and graduated with his MS in Software Engineering, Andrews University, MI, in 2000. Currently he is finishing his doctorate in education degree, with an emphasis on College Teaching and Learning. As part of his doctoral studies, he focused on analyzing the effect of using gamification in medical education and the impact of such a pedagogical tool on student engagement.

His current projects include working on using RFID (radio frequency identification) and NFC (near field communication), making use of iBeacon, and linking the above technologies to IoT (internet of things) as part of a technological nexus of communication tools embedded in a learning environment in order to contribute towards the creation of a student-centric educational system.

He is married and the father of two wonderful daughters. As an avid photographer, he has traveled in different states and various parts of the world to do macro and landscape photography. In his spare time, Miary enjoys travel and playing acoustic guitar. Also, he loves to play and participate in tennis tournaments.