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Meet the Learning & Applied Innovation team

Melissa Stotz
LAI Manager

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.

Instructional Technology / Design Team

Sharley Kurtz
LAI Assistant Manager

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, she supervises the LAI Center staff and operations, facilitates processes and solutions and provides technical support. 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.

Lorna Olsen
Lorna Olsen
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.

Tammy Cummings
Tammy Cummings
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.

Classroom and Interactive Technology Teams

Micah McGowen
Classroom Technology Manager

As Classroom Technology Manager for Learning and Applied Innovation, Micah manages a team of staff and students who design, install, and program the audio visual systems in the classrooms and other learning spaces across the NDSU campus.  He and his team also provides ongoing support and training for these spaces..  He graduated from North Dakota State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and has been with the IT department working with classroom technology for 11 years.   

Trevor McNeil
Trevor McNeil
Classroom Technologies Specialist

Trevor is responsible for installation, maintenance, and support of technology in learning spaces across campus. In addition, he provides training and orientation to faculty who are looking for ways to incorporate technology into their teaching and gain proficiency at working in the NDSU classroom environment. Trevor also supervises the team of student classroom technology staff who help keep things running smoothly and provide time-of-need assistance. 

Daniel Erichsen
Daniel Erichsen
Interactive Technology Consultant

Daniel Erichsen manages the interactive technology services at North Dakota State University and advises faculty, staff, and students in the use of interactive technologies. He has 10 years of experience working in Information Technology and 15 years of experience working in Higher Education. Daniel holds a M.S. degree in International Business Economics from Aalborg University in Aalborg, Denmark and a B.S. degree in Business Administration from the University of Wyoming in Laramie. 

Ethan Smith
Classroom TECHNOLOGY Specialist

Ethan’s job is to help provide support as well as install and perform maintenance for the technology in many different learning spaces across campus. Ethan has worked as the technician during the latter part of the day to ensure that late night classes run smoothly.  Ethan was originally a student before the University hired him on. Ethan has an AAS from BSC for telecommunications and he is pursuing a Bachelors of Arts in Computer Science as well.


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