Program Coordination

As part of my teaching duties, I am the Program Coordinator for the Master's in Learning Design and Technologies program at Arizona State University. Our program is ranked as the top online master's degrees in instructional media by U.S. News and World Report. I have developed and taught the following courses as part of the program:

EDT 501 Foundations of Educational Technology

Introduces the field of educational technology and addresses the fundamentals of educational technology, including the history of the field, learning theories, instructional design theories, related research, trends and issues, and career opportunities.

EDT 503 Design of Effective Communication

Explores the theory, research and practice of computer-mediated communication including principles of graphic design for the purposes of creating effective presentations, job aids/infographics and video/audio for educational purposes. Includes a focus on accessibility and Section 508 compliance.

EDT 511 Emerging Trends and Technologies for Learning Design

Investigates current trends and issues related to the impact of technology and multimedia on student learning through hands-on experience. Topics include the design of curriculum and instruction that are enhanced through innovative technologies, including trends such as coding, makerspaces, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, etc.

SCN 400 Sustainability Science for Teachers

In addition to my leadership within the Master's program in Learning Design and Technology, from 2011-2020, I was the Lead Researcher and Liaison for the Sustainability Science Education project, launched by Nobel Laureate Dr. Lee Hartwell. Although this project has come to its conclusion, it has had a lasting impact on our preservice program. SSE’s model was based on the idea that in order to achieve a sustainable future, educators must systematically teach sustainability topics, problems, solutions, and divergent thinking in their classrooms at the elementary and middle school levels. The interdisciplinary collaboration resulted in the development of Sustainability Science for Teachers (SCN 400), which was designed to impact the individual, the community, and the world. The course explored the challenges of sustaining human health and well-being on Earth due to human exploitation of natural resources and sought sustainable solutions through science, technology, and society acting at global and local levels. Sustainability Science for Teachers covered diverse approaches used by scientists, scholars, and practitioners to study and assess human-environment interactions pertaining to sustainability challenges and solutions.  It focused on how to teach sustainability concepts in the K-8 classroom and other educational settings.