PhD, Educational Psychology/Instructional Technology, The Ohio State University

MA, Instructional Technology, The Ohio State University

BS, Psychology, Bowling Green State University



Evan Ogg Straub

Online Faculty Development Program Manager

Why I Choose to Work at Academic Innovation

I chose to come to Academic Innovation because too often technology comes before pedagogy. At AI, the conversations were about how to we design tools to support the way our faculty teach as well as how research-grounded pedagogies can support learning for all students. Being a part of that environment is exciting.

Current Roles/Previous Experience

I have a long history of working in professional development around technology. I started in database design and systems administration, but found my true passion when I started teaching others how to use those systems. Since then, I have worked at a national level helping states build meaningful educational technology policy, as well as at the university level where I first started working in online and hybrid education almost 20 years ago. As an educator, I have taught at the college level both face-to-face and online, as well as developed more professional development workshops than I care to count. Prior to joining the Online and Hybrid Degree team, I have worked with the GradeCraft project to support faculty designing motivation-first assessment structures. As a researcher, I am interested in the intersection of emotions, technology and the faculty experience. I am a member of OLC, AERA, and APA.

Ask Me to Learn About

Online faculty development, motivation theories (or anything remotely attached to educational psychology), gameful course design, instructional design, anything related to cooking and baking – particularly obscure recipes/foods, knitting, vegetable gardening

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