RC 20/20

Closing the Gaps on Student Success

Tonya Buchan, Instructional Designer of The Institute for Learning and Teaching (TILT), Colorado State University

Gwen Gorzelsky, Executive Director of TILT, Colorado State University

Karen Gebhardt, Instructor of Economics, University of Colorado, Boulder

Brian Jones, Director of Little Shop of Physics, Colorado State University

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Tonya Buchan

Tonya Buchan is an Instructional Designer with The Institute for Learning and Teaching at Colorado State University where she consults with faculty on curriculum and course development for face-to-face and blended courses. She is the Program Manager for the APLU Adaptive Courseware grant and collaborates with faculty to incorporate adaptive platforms and high impact practices. Tonya has over seventeen years experience in higher education in a variety of roles including online instructor, instructional technology consultant and instructional designer. Tonya's interests include faculty development, online course design, educational technology, adaptive platforms and active learning.

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Karen Gebhardt

Karen's research interests, publications and presentations involve the economics of human-wildlife interaction, economics education, and the economics of gender in the United States economy. Before joining academia, she worked as an Economist at the United States Department of Agriculture/ Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service/Wildlife Services/National Wildlife Research Center conducting research on the interactions of humans and wildlife, such as the economic effects of vampire bat transmitted rabies in Mexico; the potential economic damage from introduction of invasive species to the Islands of Hawai‘ i; bioeconomic modeling of the impacts of wildlife transmitted disease; and others. Her current research focuses on using learning analytics to improve student learning outcomes in economics education with an emphasis on improving grades and completion rates in online courses.

In her free time, Karen enjoys rock climbing and camping in the Colorado Rockies and beyond.

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Gwen Gorzelsky

Gwen Gorzelsky is Executive Director of The Institute for Learning and Teaching (TILT) and Professor of English at Colorado State University (CSU). To foster effective learning and teaching at CSU, TILT provides students with academic and co-curricular support and supports faculty through professional development, course and curriculum redesigns, Departmental Action Teams, and assistance with learning-related research. Dr. Gorzelsky is the PI on an Accelerating Adoption of Adaptive Courseware grant awarded by the Association of Public & Land-Grant Universities. She studies writing development and instruction and has published in College Composition and Communication, College English, and other venues.

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Stacey Clark

Stacey Clark is the Learning Assistant Program Coordinator at The Institute for Learning and Teaching at Colorado State University and her passions include helping educators be their best educator and always increasing the number of courses that utilize Learning Assistants and active learning. She does this by providing pedagogical training for students and supporting faculty who work with LAs or are interested in doing so.

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Brian Jones

Brian Jones has won several teaching awards at Colorado State University during his nearly 30 years teaching in the Department of Physics, including 20 years teaching the General Physics course, during which time he has taught over 10,000 students. He is co-author on one of the leading texts for this course and frequently presents at national meetings on techniques of effective instruction for this audience. In 2011, Brian was awarded the Robert A. Millikan Medal of the American Association of Physics Teachers for this work and for his work as Director of the Little Shop of Physics, a hands-on science outreach program.