Dr. Rodger Smith named first Vizi Fellow

Rodger Smith PhD

Dr. Rodger Smith
Vizi Fellow

For Immediate Release: October 2, 2014

Muncie, Ind. – Vizi Courseware announced today that the company’s Senior Vice President and Chief Creative Officer, Dr. Rodger Smith, is retiring from his current role at the company as of October 31, 2014. Rodger will transition out of day-to-day responsibilities and become the first Vizi Fellow. In his new role, he will remain available to provide expertise in multimedia delivery of multimodal instruction.

Vizi’s and Rodger’s stories are inextricably connected. Many of the original ideas for what has become Vizi date back more than a decade to Rodger’s time working with Dave Ferguson at Ball State University to create the Center for Media Design in 2002. Then, leveraging his work in television and film production, he directed the Institute for Digital Entertainment and Education (IDEE) in 2006. With IDEE, his ideas for Vizi took solid form and, through the work of Rodger and the IDEE team he assembled, the first Vizi text was created. In 2012, with six Vizi texts already in use by students, Rodger worked with Wil Davis of the Ball State Innovation Corporation to attract outside investment and create a new company called Vizi Courseware.

Don Engel, Vizi’s President and CEO said: “We are excited for Rodger, because he is excited about his new pursuits. We are thankful for all he has done for Vizi. His leadership, his energy, and his passion for education have left an indelible mark on Vizi in great ways. During Rodger’s tenure with Vizi, nine texts have been created and released and more than 15,000 students have engaged in the interactive, advanced multimodal lessons he has helped create. The dream our team shares with Rodger is now a reality for the students and instructors who use Vizi every day.  As we continue this great work, we thank Rodger and wish him the very best.”

About Vizi
Our purpose is to transform lives by making education more engaging.  That is why we publish unique, online, interactive, multimodal texts.  Designed for students in higher education, Vizi uses interactive simulations, games, animations, graphics, videos, and text to engage students in their studies.  Vizi is used in all types of classrooms, whether traditional, flipped or online.  Independent laboratory research confirms the transformative results of Vizi’s media-driven, multimodal focus – improving results by as much as three letter grades.

Steve Davis, Vice President