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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Get To Know LATIS’s Shana Crosson

Name: Shana Crosson

What is your educational background? BA in History from Carleton College in Northfield; MA in Teaching from University of St. Thomas.

Your hometown and the first place you lived after leaving your hometown? I grew up in Plymouth, and moved to Uptown right after college with all the other recent college graduates!

When did you start at UMN? July 2017

What is your current job title and describe what you do? Education Technology Consultant. My job is to work with instructors using technology to enhance teaching and learning. I do everything from helping instructors write assignments that require the use of a digital tool like a website or video, to exploring new technologies like 3D printing or GIS to do deeper exploration of subject matter than ever possible before. Right now, we’re focusing on the move to Canvas.

What brought you to your current job? I’ve worked in education technology for K-12 from a slightly different perspective for the last ten years. I’ve seen so much positive change in the field, all leading towards improved pedagogy and student learning. I feel strongly that appropriate use of technology in instruction not only improves learning, but prepares students (and instructors!) for our changing world. When used appropriately, technology allows us to do things we couldn’t have imagined before. When not used appropriately, technology impedes student growth.

I am excited to expand my work in ed tech to the higher education scene.  
What is your favorite accomplishment at the U, so far? Finding my way around! I’m learning the tunnels and the busses. My daily step count is way up!

What was your worst or most unusual job? My first job out of college was working at Historic Fort Snelling. I was an interpreter there, wearing historically accurate clothing and doing things like cooking over a hearth and doing laundry in a wash tub. It was a very fun job, and led me to many more years working in history.

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