Liv Gjestvang joined Ohio State in 2006 and has been working as AVP since 2013. She considers her work the “fun part” of IT, with a team that designs and supports 370 classrooms, runs the campus learning technology toolset, and supports faculty use of educational technology. She is deeply committed to OSU’s land grant mission and was co-author of College Ready Ohio, a $13.5 million grant from the Ohio Department of Education to support college readiness for Ohio’s high school students.
Under her direction, Ohio State’s Digital First initiative, recognized for the development of digital content to transform teaching and learning, received the New Media Consortium’s Center for Excellence Award in 2013 and Apple’s Distinguished Program status in 2015. Her team also runs the Affordable Learning Exchange, supporting faculty in creating low and no-cost course materials to save students $20 million by 2020.
Before coming to Ohio State, Gjestvang worked with community media at a PBS affiliate in New York and taught young filmmakers at the Sundance Film Festival. She is the founder and director of Youth Video OUTreach, which brought together 9 students and a host of artists to produce the acclaimed documentary, 20 Straws: Growing Up Gay. The film screened at film festivals, schools, and human rights conferences in the United States, Canada, Europe and South America.
Gjestvang has presented her work with youth, social justice and multimedia education at conferences including the Ohio Digital Commons for Education, the Educause Learning Initiative, NMC and the National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture. Her work has been cited in academic journals and books including "Studies in Art Education" and "Interrupting Hate: Homophobia in Schools and What Literacy Can Do About It."
Gjestvang is a recipient of Ohio State’s 2014 Distinguished Staff Award for leadership and service to the university. She serves as Chair of the Big Ten Learning Technology Leaders committee and is a member of the Unizin Board of Directors. She is on the faculty for the Educause Learning Technology Leadership Program and has presented about transformational leadership, learning technology and community change at ELI, NMC, SXSW, and Educause Connect.