Nice to read your bios, and I hope I will get another opportunity to hear you share your teaching experiences during a focus group.
I am Russell Larsen, and this Thurday, I will move from Iowa to Houston to start as a Professor of Instruction at the University of Houston. Since 1994, I have taught chemistry at the University of Iowa, and for about the last ten years most of my efforts have been focused on the large enrollment introductory courses.
It's funny to think how much things have changed since I started at Iowa. Course web pages were something new and required a knowledge of HTML and the students electronic homework was recorded on floppy disks.
Technology has always played an important role in my teaching both in the lecture and the laboratory components of my courses. Therefore, my interest in participating in this focus group is to stay current with what is on the roadmap for Cengage and to hear other instructors share their best practices. Although things are changing for me with my current move, my most recent projects have involved the development and use of a learning analytics dashboard for use in introductory STEM courses and the advancement of cost reduction for learning materials.
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