Teaching and Research

Research Interests

Creativity, Teacher Education, Music Education, Performing Arts in Education, Educational Technology, Teacher Identity, Learning Theory, Social Media in Education

Teaching – Undergraduate

University of Hawaii at Hilo – Ed 314 – Educational Technology

The major goal of this course is the introduction to the theory and application of multimedia educational technology principles in 21st century learning environments.

Teaching – Graduate

Michigan State University – CEP 817 – Learning Technology by Design

Learning Technology by Design is a course that investigates the process of design particularly as it applies to educational technology. The course is structured around multiple design activities and one (or two) large design projects. Topics covered include learning by design, human computer interaction, art and aesthetics of design, iterative design, design evaluation, and collaboration in design.

Michigan State University – CEP 818 – Creativity in Teaching and Learning

Creativity is of increasing importance to educators both for their professional success and that of their students particularly given the complex, evolving knowledge ecology we are live in. In this online course we will explore a range of questions related to creativity. These include: What does it mean to be creative? Is creativity born or can it be developed/ learned/ nurtured? Does creativity reside in the individual or in the social (or organizational) context within which we live? What does the creative process look like? What is the relationship between creativity, play and humor? (In other words, do creative people have more fun?) How can we become more creative in teaching? How can technology help us become more creative teachers and learners? How can we integrate creativity in subject matter learning? How do we assess creativity? How can we develop creativity in others (particularly in learners)? What are the consequences of these ideas in an era dominated by NCLB?

Research Projects

Michigan State University – Research Practicum – Learning Environments that Support Student Creativity

The purpose of this study was to create an instrument that measures the creative climate of learning environments. In recent years there has been growing interest in studying the ways that classroom environments support student creativity. A creative climate assessment instrument was developed based on an extensive literature review and classroom observations. Significant findings from the literature review and an examination of two existing models of classroom assessment were conducted to inform the format and design of the instrument. The instrument will be a tool to be used to provide in-depth descriptions of ways that teachers can support student creativity and may help guide future research and lead to a better understanding of what it means to create the kinds of environments in which student creativity can thrive.