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Online Master of Science in Education in Learning Design and Technology — Faculty

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Faculty

  • Secil Caskurlu, Visiting Instructor

    scaskurl@purdue.edu

    Education

    • PhD in Learning Design and Technology, Purdue University
    • Master of Education, Instructional Design and Technology, University of Cincinnati
    • BA in Computer Education and Instructional Technologies, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey

    Research Interests

    • Online teaching and learning
    • Community of inquiry framework
    • Competency-based education
    • Assessment of instructional designer competencies
    • Applying principles of cognitive science in online learning
    • Human computer interaction
    • Application of systematic reviews in educational research
    • Human performance technology 
  • Peg Ertmer, Professor Emerita

    pertmer@purdue.edu

    Education

    • PhD in Curriculum & Instruction, Purdue University
    • MA in Special Education-Learning Disabilities, Cardinal Stritch College
    • BA in Elementary Education, University of Denver

    Research Interests

    • Impact of case-based instruction on higher-order thinking skills
    • The effectiveness of a student-centered, problem-based learning approach to technology integration and STEM education
    • Strategies for facilitating higher-order thinking and self-regulated learning in online learning environments
  • Marisa Exter, Assistant Professor

    mexter@purdue.edu

    Education

    • PhD in Instructional Systems Technology, Indiana University
    • MS in Computer Science, Illinois Institute of Technology
    • BS in Computer Science, Elmhurst College

    Research Interests

    • Instructional design and computing education, professional skill development, life-long learning skills and attitudes, and interdisciplinary learning experiences

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  • Wanju Huang, Clinical Assistant Professor

    wanjuhuag@purdue.edu

    Education

    • PhD in Curriculum & Instruction, Concentration in Technology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

    Research Interests

    • Computer-mediated communication
    • Online learning
    • Scenario-based learning
    • Augmented reality and virtual reality
    • Faculty development
  • Adrie Koehler, Assistant Professor

    akoehler@purdue.edu

    Education

    • PhD in Curriculum and Instruction, Purdue University
    • MS in Technology, IUPUI
    • BS in Business Education; Information, Design, and End-User Computing; Business Administration, ISU

    Research Interests

    • Investigating emerging technologies for instructional and professional purposes
    • Examining the development and impact of instructors presence in online settings
    • Exploring case-based instruction facilitation methods
    • Discovering techniques for improving the transition of pre-service teachers into the education profession

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  • James Lehman, Professor Emeritus

    lehman@purdue.edu

    Education

    • PhD in Science Education, Purdue University
    • MS in Biology, Purdue University
    • BS in Biology, Purdue University

    Research Interests

    • Technology integration in education particularly in the STEM disciplines
    • E-learning, project-based learning
    • Computer science education
  • Victoria Lowell, Clinical Associate Professor

    vllowell@purdue.edu

    Education

    • PhD in Education with dual concentration in Distance Education & Higher Education - Research and Institutional Planning, Regent University
    • MEd in Educational Technology, University of Hawaii
    • Post-Bac in Teacher Education Certification Program, Secondary Social Studies, University of Hawaii
    • BA in History, Virginia Wesleyan College

    Research Interests

    • Social learning and program development and evaluation in online and distance learning
    • Social cognitive learning
    • Situated learning and authentic tasks for online and blended learning
    • Collaborative learning
    • Community of inquiry
    • Scaffolding
    • Student and instructor self-efficacy
    • Assessment and evaluation

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  • Timothy Newby, Professor

    newby@purdue.edu

    Education

    • PhD in Instructional Psychology, Brigham Young University
    • BS in Psychology, Brigham Young University

    Research Interests

    • Issues pertaining to learning and motivation, instructional strategies, and the use of technology. In particular, he is examining the impact of digital open badges on learning and motivation in post-secondary education.

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  • Jennifer Richardson, Professor

    jennrich@purdue.edu

    Education

    • PhD in Curriculum and Instruction, Specializations in Educational Technology and Literacy, University at Albany/SUNY
    • CAS in Educational Research and Program Evaluation, University at Albany/SUNY
    • MS in Curriculum Design & Instructional Technology, University at Albany/SUNY
    • MS in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, University at Albany/SUNY
    • MS in Educational Administration and Policy Studies, University at Albany/SUNY
    • BA in Political Science and History, Russell Sage College

    Research Interests

    • Social aspects of online learning, professional development practices, and gauging learning in online environments

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  • Sunnie Watson, Associate Professor

    sunnieleewatson@purdue.edu

    Education

    • PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Indiana University
    • PhD in Instructional Systems Technology, Indiana University
    • MEd in Instructional Systems Technology, Indiana University
    • BA in Educational Technology, Ewha Woman's University

    Research Interests

    • Attitude change instruction
    • Information-age educational technology such as MOOCs and PIES
    • Critical Systems Theory for qualitative educational research and school change

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  • William Watson, Associate Professor

    brwatson@purdue.edu

    Education

    • PhD in Instructional Systems Technology, Indiana University
    • MS in Information Science, Indiana University
    • BA in English, Indiana University

    Research Interests

    • The critical, systemic change of education to realize a learner-centered paradigm, including the application of technology such as video games, virtual environments, and learning management software in order to create customized and personalized learning environments

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Instructors

  • Hans Aagard, Instructor

    haagard@purdue.edu

    Education

    • PhD in Learning Design and Technology, Purdue University
    • MS in Educational Technology, Purdue University
    • BA in Linguistics, Brigham Young University

    Research Interests

    • Effectiveness of specific online teaching strategies
    • Media literacy, effects of media on perception
    • Gaming

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  • Elizabeth Beese, Instructor

    ebeese@purdue.edu 

    Education

    • PhD in Learning Design and Technology, Purdue University
    • MA in Philosophy of Education, Ohio State University
    • BA in History, Case Western Reserve University
  • Papia Bawa, Instructor

    pbawa@purdue.edu

    Education

    • PhD in Learning Design and Technology, Purdue University
    • MS in Education: Learning Design and Technology, Purdue University
    • MA in English Literature and Language, CSJ.M University, India

    Research Interests

    • Technology integrated learner-centric pedagogical approaches and curricular designs
    • The effects of different educational technologies on learners using three lenses: Performance, Affect, Sustainability

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  • Erin Besser, Instructor

    ebesser@purdue.edu

    Education

    • PhD in Learning Design and Technology, Purdue University
    • MA in Educational Technology, Azusa Pacific University
    • BA in Liberal Studies, California State University, Sacramento
    • California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential

    Research Interests

    • Intersection of collaborative instruction and mobile learning, instructional feedback, digital badges, and technology integration within teacher education

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  • Linda L. Campion, Instructor

    lcampion@purdue.edu

     Education 

    • PhD in Technology
    • MSHR in Business
    • BS in Music Therapy and Music Education

    Research Interests 

    • Educational Leadership
    • Managerial Leadership
    • Viable Practices and Principles of Distance Education/Learning/Design
    • Assessment and Evaluation – work designed towards the construct of Continuous Improvement.
  • Jea Choi, Instructor

    jeachoi@purdue.edu

    Education

    • PhD in Learning Design and Technology, Purdue University
    • MEd in Instructional Technology, Purdue University
    • BA in Educational Technology, Ewha Women's University

    Research Interests

    • E-learning, especially in online social presence and student motivation

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  • Dennis Dell, Instructor

    ddell@purdue.edu

    Education

    • PhD in Curriculum and Instruction, specialization in Learning Design and Technology, Purdue University
    • MS Telecommunications, Indiana University
    • BA Double Major in Psychology and Sociology, Honors Division, Indiana University
    • Practical Electronics Program, Two Year Certificate, Purdue University, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) Communications and Medical Electronics

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  • Sangeetha Gopalakrishnan, Instructor

    sgopalak@purdue.edu

    Education

    • PhD in Instructional Technology, Wayne State University
    • MS in Education, Educational Technology, Purdue University
    • MS in Mathematics, University of Delhi
    • BS in Mathematics, Queen Mary’s College

    Research Interests

    • Technology integration at academic institutions
    • Best practices and leadership strategies for implementing successful online programs at universities

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  • George Hanshaw, Instructor

    ghanshaw@purdue.edu

    Education

    • PsyD in Sports and Performance Psychology, University of the Rockies
    • Certified Advanced Facilitator, University of Phoenix
    • Master of Education in Adult Education, Pennsylvania State University
    • Certificate in Distance Education, Adult Education, Pennsylvania State University
    • BS in Business Systems Analysis, University of Phoenix
    • Associates of Applied Science, Community College of the Air Force

    Research Interests

    • Microlearning and social media for professional development
    • Building persistence and resilience (learner efficacy) of online learners through the facilitation of the feeling of connectedness or belonging
    • The use of rapid prototyping in higher education to build mobile first courses which engage and facilitate online learners sense of connection more than traditional approaches to learning and design

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  • Carole Hruskocy, Instructor

    chruskoc@purdue.edu

    Education

    • PhD in Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Technology and Instructional Design, Purdue University
    • MS in Curriculum and Instruction, Instructional Design, Purdue University
    • BA in Elementary Education, Purdue University

    Research Interests

    • Learning assessment, online and traditional; international curriculum development; Infusion infusion of technology

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  • Linda Kaiser, Instructor

    kaiser27@purdue.edu

    Education

    • PhD in Instructional Design for Online Learning, Capella University
    • MEd in Instructional Technology, American Intercontinental University
    • MBA in Business Administration – Project Management, Post University
    • BS in Business Management of Information Technology, Kaplan University

    Research Interests

    • E-learning design
    • Emerging educational technology tools
    • Collaborative learning in online environments
    • Personal learning environments and e-portfolios for assessment
    • Social networking strategies for education professionals

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  • Tammi Kolski, Instructor

    tkolski@purdue.edu

     Education

    • Doctorate of Educational Technology, Central Michigan University
    • MS in Clinical Psychology, Eastern Michigan University
    • BS in Psychology and Sociology (double major), Central Michigan University

    Research Interests

    • Graduate cohort models with online learning environments
    • Student engagement in online settings
    • Virtual Proctoring
  • Woori Kim, Instructor

    wkim@purdue.edu

    Education

    • PhD in Learning Design and Technology, Purdue University
    • MA in Educational Technology, Graduate School of Yonsei University
    • BA in Education, Yonsei University

    Research Interests

    • Online learning
    • Technology integration
    • Measurement and evaluation in teaching and learning

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  • Nilufer Korkmaz, Instructor

    Education

    • PhD in Instructional Systems Technology with a minor in Educational Psychology, Indiana University
    • MS in Instructional Systems Technology, Indiana University
    • BA in Translation & Interpreting, Bogazici University

    Research Interests

    • Training instructional designers
    • Development of design character
    • Building sense of community in online programs

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  • Jennifer Lee, Instructor

    lee1748@purdue.edu

    Education

    • PhD in Educational Computing
    • MS in Computer Education & Cognitive System (Instructional Systems Technology)
    • BA in Computer Science
    • BEd in Teaching of English as a Second Language
    • Certified Competency-Based Training and Education Instructor, Department For Employment Training And Further Education (DETAFE), Australia
    • Certified Competency-Based Designer and Developer, Department For Employment Training And Further Education (DETAFE), Australia
    • Certified Competency-Based Workplace Assessor, Department For Employment Training And Further Education (DETAFE), Australia
    • Certified Workplace Assessor, National Council of Vocational Training, Malaysia
    • K-12 English teaching certificate, Malaysia

    Research Interests

    • Instructional design
    • Technology integration in the classrooms
    • Emerging technologies
    • Media multitasking
    • Scholarship of teaching and learning
    • Distributed learning
    • Learning & cognition

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  • Judith Lewandowski, Instructor

    lewandowski@purdue.edu

    Education

    • PhD in Curriculum & Instruction: Learning Design and Technology, Purdue University
    • MS in Curriculum & Instruction: Educational Technology, Purdue University
    • BA in Education, Purdue University

    Research Interests

    • Practical application of learning design principles including: the promotion of student engagement, the infusion of motivation theory, cultivating service learning projects, and innovative approaches to professional development

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  • Brenda Lopez Ortiz, Instructor

    blopezor@purdue.edu

    Education

    • EdD, Columbia University
    • MA in Education, Universidad del Sagrado Corazón
    • BA in Education, Universidad de Puerto Rico en Cayey

    Research Interests

    • The nature of online collaboration, online collaborative problem/project-based learning and supporting technologies, including mobile learning

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  • William Milheim, Instructor

    wmilheim@purdue.edu

    Education

    • Postdoctoral Fellow, Educational Psychology, Kent State University
    • PhD in Curriculum & Instruction (Educational Technology), Kent State University
    • MEd in Community Health Education, Kent State University
    • BA in Psychology, College of Wooster

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  • Christopher Mong, Instructor

    cmong@purdue.edu

    Education

    • PhD in Learning Design and Technology, Purdue University
    • MSEd in Educational Technology, Purdue University
    • BA in English Education, Purdue University

    Research Interests

    • Technology integration in the higher-ed classroom
    • Educational redesign within higher ed
    • Problem-based learning
    • Gamification of learning

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  • David Paredes, Instructor

    dparede@purdue.edu

    Education

    • PhD in Educational Leadership, Drexel University
    • MEd in Instructional Systems Design, The Pennsylvania State University
    • BA in Philosophy, West Chester University of Pennsylvania

    Research Interests

    • Motivations for making radical personal changes and how this can stimulate creative thinking

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  • Dana Ruggiero, Instructor

    Education

    • PhD in Learning Design and Technology, Purdue University
    • MA Education, Augsburg College
    • BS Child Psychology, University of Minnesota

    Research Interests

    • Wicked Problems
    • Game Design
    • Digital Research Methods
  • Valerie Schmitz, Instructor

    vschmitz@purdue.edu

    Education

    • PhD in Instructional Design
    • EdD in Educational Administration
    • MEd in Educational Administration
    • MEd in Technology in Education
    • BS in Elementary/Middle Level Education

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  • Shaun Scott, Instructor

    Scott316@purdue.edu

    Education

    • EdD in Curriculum and Instruction: Emphasis - Instructional Technology, University of Montana
    • MEd in Curriculum and Instruction, University of Montana
    • BS in Business, University of Montana Western

    Research Interests

    • How students perform academically in various scheduling formats

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  • Sharon Taylor, Instructor

    taylo782@purdue.edu

    Education

    • PhD in Education, Instructional Design for Online Learning (IDOL), Capella University
    • MEd. in Curriculum and Instruction, Instructional Technology specialization, University of South Florida 
    • MBA in General Business Administration, Regis Jesuit University
    • BS in Business Administration, Human Resources Management, University of Colorado at Boulder

    Research Interests

    • Applying learning design and technology (LDT) for mobile learning (m-learning), game-based learning (GBL), gamification, microlearning, and e-Books for e-Learning while applying Sweller's (1988) Cognitive Load Theory (CLT)

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  • Annette Tomory, Instructor
    Education
    • BS in Chemistry from Purdue University
    • MS in Secondary Education from Purdue University
    • PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from Purdue University
    Research Interests
    • secondary educational
    • science education with both traditional and nontraditional students
    • implementation of technology in the classroom
  • Angela van Barneveld, Instructor

    evanbarn@purdue.edu

    Education

    • PhD in Learning Design and Technology, Purdue University
    • MEd in Counseling, University of Ottawa
    • BA in Physical Education, Acadia University

    Research Interests

    •  instructional and learning design; disruptive pedagogies: online teaching and learning; learner engagement; social media for learning

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  • Heidi Watson Held, Instructor

    hwatsonh@purdue.edu

    Education

    • DEd in Administration and Leadership – Higher Education, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
    • MEd in Adult Education, Pennsylvania State University

    Research Interests

    • Learning Experience Design
    • Teaching in the Large Enrollment Classroom
    • Adult Learners in Higher Education
    • Leadership in the Higher Education Workplace
    • Curriculum and Instruction
    • Workforce Education
    • Learning Analytics
    • Faculty and Instructional Designer Rapport

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  • MaryShannon Williams, Instructor

    will1718@purdue.edu

    Education

    • PhD in Information Science and Learning Technologies, The University of Missouri - Columbia
    • MA in Education, The University of Texas at San Antonio
    • BS in Radio-TV-Film, The University of Texas

    Research Interests

    • Communities of practice, faculty professional development and active learning
    • Effective uses of data visualization to advance the diagnostic potential of Big Data

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  • Yi Yang, Instructor

    yang715@purdue.edu

    Education

    • PhD in Instructional Systems and Workforce Development, Mississippi State University
    • MA in Technology and Learning, United States International University
    • BA in Teaching English as a Second Language, Hunan Normal University

    Research Interests

    • Online education quality
    • Online teaching and learning effectiveness
    • E-learning
    • Game-based learning/Gamification
    • Instructional design leadership competencies-based education

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