Meet the Learning & Applied Innovation team
As the manager for Learning & Applied Innovation, Melissa Stotz contributes to the strategic planning and direction of LAI initiatives and services. She facilitates the collective support of a growing suite of academic technology tools and platforms that serve the campus community, including instructional resources, learning spaces, training, and media services. Having worked at NDSU since 1992, and earning a Master of Science degree in Educational Leadership, Melissa has a broad understanding and passion for collaborating across the campus community. Her thesis research focused on the impact the Student-Centered Active Learning Environment for Undergraduate Programs (SCALE-UP) method, which incorporates active learning pedagogies into a space designed to facilitate effective active learning, has on student achievement. This experience has prepared her to continue measuring the impact of educational and technical interventions used in courses.
LAI Assistant Manager
Steve Beckermann holds a Master of Education degree in Instructional Design and Technology from the University of North Dakota and works as the assistant manager for Learning and Applied Innovation. His interests include instructional design, multimedia production, multimedia design for instruction, problem-based learning, online and blended learning, and digital literacy. Steve can provide one-on-one instructional consultations, help research and/or identify tools that meet instructional goals of faculty and learning goals of students, and help integrate existing technologies into teaching and learning practices. He will also work with you and the LAI staff to design and deliver trainings that are specific to your needs.
Instructional technology specialist
Lorna holds a B.S in Psychology from NDSU and has earned Microsoft Office Specialist Master (MOS) and Certified Faculty Developer (CFD) certifications. She has more than 20 years of experience supporting faculty, students and staff on all aspects of Blackboard, and specifically with helping faculty make the Grade Center work correctly. Lorna also supports Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, the YuJa video recording platform, Respondus 4.0 and Respondus LockDown Browser, SafeAssign, Microsoft Office applications, and other teaching tools and technologies the Learning and Applied Innovation team supports. She is working with the campus community on universal design for learning and accessibility initiatives for course materials and other electronic documents. Lorna facilitates workshops covering a variety of applications, including the Content Management System (TYPO3), Blackboard, and the Microsoft Office applications.
INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY SPECIALIST
Tammy Cummings holds a M.S. in Educational Leadership and Administration from NDSU and a B.S.W. Degree in Social Work from Minnesota State University, Moorhead. She is an instructional services specialist, with NDSU’s Instructional Technology division. She assists in planning and implementing training for instructors related to teaching methods and/or the use of Blackboard and other supported NDUS technologies. Her focus area is on Bb collaborate and Clicker technology. Tammy is a two-time Nominee of the Gunkleman Award and the recipient of the ND Counseling Association’s Friend of Counseling Award.
INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY SPECIALIST
Sharley Kurtz holds a Master of Science degree in Instructional Design and Technology and a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Athletic Training from the University of North Dakota. Sharley has 12 years of experience in instructional design and higher education. Currently Sharley is a part of the Instructional Technology Specialist team and supervises the TLMC and its student employees. Prior to her arrival at NDSU in 2018, Sharley worked as an Instructional Designer at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs and the University of North Dakota. Her passion is assisting instructors in designing instruction and integrating technology into their courses to enhance student learning.