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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

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The ATS team brings many years of collective experience in educational technology to bear on our work at Minnesota State University, Mankato. With expertise in teaching and learning, lecture capture, instructional design, technology, learning science, and online course design, our team is well-rounded and ready to help you make your instructional dreams come true. We include brief biosketches below so you can learn more about our background and experience.


Elizabeth Harsma, Ph.D.

Title: Instructional Designer & D2L Brightspace Administrator

Bio: Elizabeth Harsma is an instructional designer and the D2L Brightspace campus administrator. She hold a Ph.D. in Education with an emphasis in E-Learning from Northcentral University and an M.S. in Spanish from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Elizabeth has nearly ten years of university teaching experience including classroom, blended/hybrid, and online courses. Her dissertation research focused on teacher preparation for online language instruction. Her research interests include virtual learning environments (like D2L Brightspace instruction management system), student engagement and self-regulation of learning, and task-based and team-based teaching and learning.


Michael Manderfeld

Title: Instructional Designer

Bio: Michael Manderfeld is an Instructional Designer for Academic Technology services at Minnesota State University, Mankato.  Michael holds an M.S. in Educational Leadership from Minnesota State Mankato with a significant dedication of research and experience to Educational Technology. Michael worked closely with the K-12 and Secondary Programs department within the College of Education during his M.S. as a research and teaching assistant. He continues to teach technology integration courses in the College of Education, and the Computer Science Department. He has been teaching at our university in F2F, and online modalities since 2010. In addition to many services he manages within Academic Technology Services, he is also a Quality Matters certified peer-reviewer, and the campus co-coordinator for our institution.


Carrie Miller, Ph.D.

Title: Instructional Designer
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Bio:  Carrie Miller is an instructional designer with IT Solutions at Minnesota State University, Mankato. She holds a PhD in Educational Technology from Arizona State University, an MS in French and a Graduate Certificate in TESL from Minnesota State University, Mankato, and a BA in French from Arizona State University.  Carrie has been an instructor in higher education for over 10 years, both in face-to-face and online classes.  She currently facilitates online courses in E-learning and Instructional Design for the University of Phoenix.  Prior to coming to IT Solutions, Carrie helped open a branch campus of Benedictine University in Mesa, Arizona, where she became well-versed in problem-based learning, flipped instruction and technology-enhanced instruction.  Her research interests include game-based learning, teacher education, curriculum evaluation and adult education programs.