teaching in the college of education @ michigan state university

The College of Education at Michigan State University is a nationally recognized college home to several 
highly ranked programs including the undergraduate Teacher Education program and the master-level program in    Education Technology.  The College has a national and international commitment to improve teaching and learning  through practice and research.

At the College of Education, I currently work as an instructor in the Master’s in Educational Technology (MAET) program and previously taught in the undergraduate Teacher Education (TE) program.

Instructor in the Master’s of Educational Technology program

CEP 813: Electronic Portfolios [online]
Fall 2014
In CEP 813, students design learning experiences in digital contexts using the lenses of assessment and evaluation to focus their work.  By starting with the end in mind — that is, an understanding of what mastery will look like for learners — students explore several themes that will empower the creation of meaningful, authentic learning experiences using digital tools.  Course themes include: foundational theoretical frameworks for understanding assessment; instructional design that is informed by assessment; using digital games for assessment of student learning; exploring the affordances of online content management systems for teaching, learning and assessment; feedback, its design, its role and modes in digital learning environments.

CEP 820: Teaching Students Online [online] Summer 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Summer 2014
CEP 820 is a course about teaching students online.  It is designed to meet the needs of a broad range of educational professionals who would like to think deeply about the ways that children, teens, and/or adults can learn on the Web.  It is also designed to help teachers and professionals alike create an online learning environment that includes essential markers of quality for online instruction, including tools that promote collaborative knowledge building and effective communication.

CEP 822: Approaches to Educational Research [online] Summer 2012, Summer 2011
CEP 822 course is designed to support learning how research can inform your professional practice, and how the tools and stance of a researcher can enhance your professional growth.  The goals of this course goals are to prepare students to: (a) be knowledgeable consumers of existing research, including developing a working knowledge of basic research strategies, methodology, and practices, (b) understand the complex context of education research within current US & international education policy and practice, and (c) develop their own research agenda as an important step in understanding their own teaching practice or supporting reform or grant initiatives they may be involved in.

CEP 800: Psychology of Learning in School and Other Settings [online] Spring 2012, Fall 2011, Spring 2011
CEP 800 focuses on developing technology-based instructional interventions that are based on what and how students learn and know.


Instructor in the Undergraduate Teacher Education program

TE 150: Reflections on Learning [online & face-to-face] Spring, 2013, Fall 2012, Spring 2012, Fall 2011, Spring 2011, Fall 2010
Ideas about human learning and development impact many teaching activities, including lesson planning, structuring exercises, and diagnosing learning difficulties. TE 150 will focus on key concepts from educational psychology and related disciplines, such as cognitive and developmental psychology.  After this course, students will understand not only what constitutes typical learning and development, but more importantly, the mechanisms that cause these changes.


Main responsibilities include:

  • Teaching face-to-face and online
  • Preparing instructional material including lectures, assignments, rubrics, summaries, and so on
  • Recording instructional videos
  • Re-designing existing courses
  • Managing and updating existing course websites
  • Providing constructive and critical feedback and support on assignments
  • Meeting with students (face-to-face, over the phone, or through video conferencing) to provide further support on course projects
  • Grading student projects and papers
  • Moderating online discussion forums
  • Communicating with students, other instructors, and course coordinators
  • Hosting online synchronous meetings using Adobe Connect and Zoom
  • Mentoring incoming instructors