Marisa Exter

Marisa Exter

Assistant Professor
Learning Design and Technology, Department of Curriculum & Instruction
Purdue Polytechnic Faculty Fellow, Transdisciplinary Studies in Technology
Link to Curriculum Vitae


Marisa Exter has 15 years of experience in software design, development, and project management, and BS and MS in Computer Science, along with a PhD in Instructional Systems Technology. Her most recent research has focused on the formal and non-formal educational experiences professionals who use design processes to create technology (such as Instructional Design, Computer Science, and Engineering/Technology), with an aim to improving undergraduate education, especially cross-/trans-disciplinary programs. She currently leads a research and evaluation team for the Purdue Polytechnic Institute’s Transdisciplinary Studies in Technology program. She also has an interest in program-level.


Ph.D. in Instructional Systems Technology, Indiana University, 2011
M.S. in Computer Science, Illinois Institute of Technology, 2003
B.S. in Computer Science, Elmhurst College 1999

Select Publications

Caskurlu S., Exter, M., Ashby, I. (2016). Importance of lifelong learning skills and degree covered in undergraduate programs: faculty and practitioners' perspective. AERA 2016, Apr. 8- Apr. 12, Washington, DC. 

Exter, M. E., Ashby, I., Shaurette, M. (2015, June). Entering the first year of a multi-disciplinary, hands-on, competency-based learning experience: Hopes and concerns of students, parents, and faculty. Proceedings of the American Society for Engineering Education annual conference.

Exter, M. E., Korkmaz, N., Boling, E. (2014). Student Support and Advising in a New Online EdD of Instructional Systems Technology Program: A design case. Techtrends, 58 (4).

Exter, M. E. & Turnage, N. M. (2012). Exploring experienced professionals’ reflections on computing education. Transactions on Computing Education, 12 (3).

Exter, M.E., Korkmaz, N., Harlin, N.M., & Bichelmeyer, B.A. (2009). Distance education students’ responses to sense of community within a fully online graduate program. Quarterly Review of Distance Education, 10 (2), 177-194.


2013-current, Assistant Professor of Learning Design and Technology, Department of Curriculum & Instruction, Purdue

2012-2013, Adjunct, Indiana University, EDUC-R505: Portfolio Workshop in IST

2012-2013, Director of Design & Development and Lead Curriculum Designer & Instructional Specialist, STEM Education, DELVE learning

2010-2012, Director of Design, Development and Testing and Member of Research Team, Critical Web Reader Project, Indiana University

2006, Adjunct, Ivy Tech Community College, CIS-157: Web Site Development

2006, Technical Coach and Assistant Instructor, EDUC-R541: Instructional Development & Production I

2005-2010, Lead Developer (Graduate Research Assistant), Critical Web Reader Project, Indiana University

2005, Instructional Designer (Intern, Full Time) DyKnow 1999-2004, Software Engineer, Lucent Technologies

Professional Memberships


Courses Taught

EDCI 52800
EDCI 56600
EDCI 66000
EDCI 57700
EDCI 62700
EDCI 67300