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Course Stories Season 3, Episode #4: Humanity and the Adaptive: BIO 432: Why People Steal, Cheat, and Lie

In this episode of Course Stories, John Ball, Online Learning Manager of Adaptive Learning at EdPlus, interviews Michael Angilletta, a President’s Professor in the School of Life Sciences and the Associate Dean of Learning Innovation at EdPlus, about his favorite course, BIO 432: Why People Steal, Cheat, and Lie. To create this course, Mike performed detailed research and interviewed experts to find out why we all indeed steal, cheat, and lie.

John and Mike also touch on adaptive course preparation and the importance of being thoughtful in the design and curation of engaging course content. We hope this interview not only helps you connect with humanity and our need for collaboration but inspires you to engage your students in meaningful ways. 

In this Episode:

Michael Angilletta

Mike Angilletta is a President’s Professor in the School of Life Sciences and the Associate Dean of Learning Innovation at EdPlus. He earned a BS in Biology from The College of New Jersey and a PhD in Ecology & Evolution from the University of Pennsylvania.

Mike established an international reputation as an evolutionary biologist who focuses on adaptation to temperature, publishing numerous scientific articles and an award-winning book (Thermal Adaptation, Oxford University Press).

Since coming to ASU in 2010, Mike has served as the Assistant Director of Undergraduate Programs (2012-2014) and then the Associate Director of Undergraduate Programs (2014-2020).

Now, Mike serves as the Associate Dean of Learning Innovation in Ed Plus, where he leads the development of learning experiences that blend best practices in teaching with emerging tools in digital technology.

Profile - John Ball

John Ball

John is an Online Learning Manager who focuses on leveraging personalized adaptive learning technologies to create learning experiences for EdPlus. With more than 10 years of instructional design experience and over three years of adaptive learning design experience, John applies the lessons learned to 21st century course design. John came to ASU from CogBooks, the adaptive platform that currently supports many courses from ASU’s BioSpine. 

Prior to John’s time at CogBooks he worked as a Sr. Instructional Designer and Development Analyst for Pearson for six years. 

For over 20 years, John worked as an ESL instructor and lecturer at The University of Texas at Austin and Arizona State University.

Your Hosts

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Ricardo Leon is a Media Developer for EdPlus and is a co-creator and co-host of Course Stories. He has developed a number of other podcasts and various other forms of instructional media. In 2021, Ricardo was on a team that received The President’s Award, which formally recognizes successful solutions in innovation, for his work on the Study Hall project with Crash Course.
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Mary Loder is an instructional designer at EdPlus and is the Online Learning Manager - Professional Development and Training on the Instructional Design and New Media team at EdPlus. She is also the co-creator and co-host for Course Stories, a podcast highlighting and showcasing the talents of our faculty and staff at ASU.

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