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Dr. J. Shane Robinson  is an associate professor of agricultural education and the associate director of the Institute for Teaching and Learning Excellence (ITLE) at Oklahoma State University (OSU). Dr. Robinson teaches undergraduate courses related to the teaching major for pre-service teachers as well as graduate courses for masters and doctoral students who aspire to enter the professoriate. His research focuses on how students’ (both secondary and college) human capital impacts their employability to enter the workforce in various sectors of the agricultural industry and their level of success in those positions once they are employed. His role with ITLE includes directing his departmental staff toward identifying, planning, and delivering quality, meaningful, and relevant professional development on effective teaching for all faculty instructors at OSU. Dr. Robinson was recognized by his peers in the American Association for Agricultural Education (AAAE) as the recipient of the 2015 Distinguished Teacher Award. In addition, he was named the Outstanding Teacher at the 2015 Southern Region AAAE Research Conference. He has co-authored multiple distinguished manuscripts and poster abstracts at various AAAE conferences as well as in his discipline’s premier journal, the Journal of Agricultural Education. At OSU, Dr. Robinson received the 2015 Excellence in Graduate Student Advising and Mentoring award for the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR). In addition, he received the Early Achievement Award from the CASNR in 2012, an award nominated and voted on by CASNR Alumni Board Members, and has been recognized twice by graduate students in his department as the Outstanding Graduate Advisor of the Department of Agricultural Education, Communications and Leadership.

Kristi Dickey has worked as an educator and curriculum leader for over 25 years. As a consultant in the field of education, she provides professional development to faculty at OSU, as well as to educators across the state and nation. She is currently working on a PhD in Curriculum Studies.

Areas of Focus Student engagement, instructional design, teaching consultation, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), Preparing Online Instructors (POI), and SMART Notebook technologies.

Gina Morris brings more than 25 years of teaching experience to ITLE. With degrees in education and curriculum leadership, she firmly believes that teaching is a craft continuously honed. Gina provides professional development at local, state, and national levels and is currently working toward a PhD in Curriculum Studies.

Areas of Focus Instructional design, teaching consultation, assessment, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), and SMART Notebook technologies


Simon Ringsmuth has worked at Oklahoma State University since the summer of 2009 and got his start working with instructors at the Spears School of Business to enhance video and multimedia elements of their online classes. Shortly after earning his Master's Degree in Educational Technology in 2013 he started working for ITLE where he works with faculty across campus to improve their teaching and instruction. He and his colleague Kristi Dickey teach a course for OSU faculty titled "Preparing Online Instructors" that covers various best practices and strategies for teaching in an online environment, and he also teaches a Project Management class for juniors and seniors using the Flipped method.

Stacy Jones came to ITLE in 2011 as a Web Designer for a cooperative project with the US Army's Defense Ammunition Center. He also took over D2L support later that same year. In 2013 he moved to an Instructional Support Specialist position.

Areas of Focus Technology training and support, especially with online technologies such as Desire2Learn, Respondus, and others

Thrupthi Konanur Srikanta Thrupthi, completed her Bachelor of Engineering from India and her M.S. in Management Information Systems from Oklahoma State University. She started her carrier as a Graduate Assistant at ITLE in 2008 and later got recruited as Instructional Support Specialist in the year 2010. Her skills include training and supporting faculty use education technology in their teaching. She is a key support contact for D2L, Clicker technology, plagiarism detection tools , and also helps faculty embed multimedia in their D2L course content.

Areas of Focus Desire2Learn, Clickers in Classroom, Camtasia, Turnitin software, Technology Training

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