Topic: Teachers College

July 23, 2007

Jeffrey Mohl has been named interim director of Ball State's Electronic Field Trip (EFT) program, succeeding Mark Kornmann, who has accepted a position as senior vice president of grant programs at the National Park Foundation beginning Aug. 1.

With a vision to electronically expose kids to our national treasures and experts without leaving the classroom, Kornmann launched the EFT program in 1996. Today, millions of schoolchildren virtually participate in these field trips each year thanks to a dedicated staff and a host of partners that includes Best Buy Children's Foundation, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum and the National Park Foundation, where Kornmann will be working.

Over the past 12 years, the EFT program has become a nationally — and even internationally — recognized program, receiving 21 Telly Awards and 16 trophies from the World Media Festival.

The EFT program is a great example of how Ball State is redefining education, said Roy Weaver, dean of Teachers College.

"Mark has done an outstanding job tying technology to the classroom and engaging young people in learning through the use of interactive technology, and I wish him well," he said. "The EFT staff is already into production for the upcoming season, and I'm confident Jeff will direct the program through another successful year."

Prior to filling the interim director position for the 2007-08 academic year, Mohl had been manager of media development for EFT since 2004.

Electronic Field Trip Schedule for 2007-08:

  • "Tails from the Tetons," Oct. 16, Grand Teton National Park, Wyo.
  • "Commemorating Courage: The Nine Who Made a Difference," Dec. 4, Central High School, Little Rock, Ark.
  • "A Whale Story: A South Sea Adventure," Feb. 26, Baja Peninsula
  • "Field of Colors: Flying Objects on the National Mall," April 1, Washington, D.C.