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Ryan supports research activities and initiatives with the Research, Evaluation, and Innovation team at The Centre. His role requires comprehensive knowledge and skills in educational research and statistical methods, with a particular emphasis on the evaluation and application of educational research findings.
Some of Ryan’s current projects include the development of an instrument to assess online teaching readiness, evaluating classroom needs across campus including classroom response systems, as well as research on faculty motivation and burnout, faculty evaluation, and student motivation and persistence.
Ryan is also involved in the development and delivery of workshops focused on online teaching, specifically in terms of motivating and engaging online students.
Ryan obtained his Master of Arts in Human Development and Educational Psychology from the University of South Dakota with his thesis “The Effects of Self-regulation and Self-efficacy on Academic Outcome”, followed by his Ph.D. with his dissertation “The Interaction Between Student Motivation and the Instructional Environment on Academic Outcome: A Hierarchical Linear Model.”
While at the University of South Dakota, Ryan worked at the Center for Teaching and Learning as an Educational Technology Integrationist where he provided faculty and staff with pedagogical and technological support.
Ryan has a passion for teaching and educational research. Ryan’s primary area of research is to further understand the interaction between student and instructor, specifically in terms of motivation (i.e., self-efficacy, self-regulation) and teaching strategies (i.e., student-centered, active learning), in an effort to ensure that instructors are creating significant learning experiences that allow students to reach their full academic potential.