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Expert Q&A’s: Active Learning: Engage Learners Across Modalities

Session Overview

This video was part of the July 2020 REMOTE: The Connected Faculty Summit

Active Learning – a student-centered approach that engages learners in the learning process – has increased student success and retention in the traditional classroom – but can it be done when learners attend remotely? Please bring your questions as we will explore active learning strategies that can effectively and efficiently engage learners who are physically in different locations.


Megan Tesene

Associate Director, Personalized Learning Consortium, Association of Public and Land-grant Universities

Megan Tesene, Ph.D., is the Associate Director for the Personalized Learning Consortium at the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. Megan directs the Adaptive Courseware for Early Success grant for the Personalized Learning Consortium. In this role, she supports and collaborates with academic leadership from a variety of four-year universities to effectively adopt and implement adaptive learning technologies. Her work centers on enhancing pedagogy, closing achievement gaps, improving accessibility, and ensuring that students from all walks of life have the support and resources necessary to graduate.

Prior to joining APLU, Megan served as the Adaptive Learning Program Manager at Georgia State University. Based in the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, she managed an interdisciplinary research project leveraging adaptive learning technologies across several gateway undergraduate courses. Megan is a social scientist by training, with expertise in qualitative and mixed-method research. She has taught introductory and upper-level courses at the University of Northern Iowa and Georgia State University. In addition to project management and sociological research, she has extensive experience in program evaluation, faculty development, instructional support, and active learning communities. She has a Ph.D. from Georgia State University and a M.A. from the University of Northern Iowa.

Peter van Leusen

Manager of Instructional Design, Arizona State University

Peter van Leusen is a Manager of Instructional Design for EdPlus, Design & Development at Arizona State University. His recent instructional design projects include collaborating on adaptive curriculum and courseware development, designing MOOCs in a foreign language, and spearheading innovative digital educational experiences for broad audiences. Peter holds a PhD in Instructional Systems Technology from Indiana University, Bloomington. His research interests include Faculty Development, Instructional Technology, Instructional Design, and Innovative Teaching & Learning in face-to-face, hybrid, and online formats.