Teaching Development Facilitator
I am primarily responsible for working directly with individual instructors and program coordinators to provide support for teaching development and the enhancement of instruction, and am additionally responsible for facilitating and conducting research related to the scholarship of teaching and learning in higher education. I coordinate the university’s graduate teaching assistant professional development and faculty teaching development programs. Occasionally, I am fortunate to be able to teach undergraduate classes in curriculum and instruction, and student assessment. My academic interests focus on the design, implementation, and evaluation of professional development programs; best-practices for student assessment; and the integration of emergent pedagogies and technologies to support and enhance student learning. Current research projects include
- Evolution of the “Level of Adoption” index to inform teaching praxis
- Student perceptions of university learning environments
- Evaluation of post-secondary teaching and learning spaces
- Student self-perceptions of metacognitive problem-solving skills
At home, we train horses for dressage, jumping, and combined-driving. When we need a break from the horses and farm work; we enjoy kayaking, scuba-diving, snorkeling, hiking, and snowshoeing.
Some recent publications:
Wismath, S., Orr, D., & Good, B. (in press). Metacognition: Student reflections on problem solving. The Journal on Excellence in College Teaching.
Hinger, D. & Orr, D. (2010). Developing a Community of Practice To Support Faculty Professional Development. In Proceedings of 2nd Paris International Conference on Education, Economy and Society. Paris France.
Orr, D., Meadows, J. & Mrazek, R. (2009). Technology-Mediated Data Management to Support Data-Informed Collaborative Professional Development. In Proceedings of World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications 2009 (pp. 1835-1840). Chesapeake, VA: AACE. Retrieved from http://www.editlib.org/p/31726
Orr, D. & Mrazek, R. (2009). Developing the Level of Adoption Survey to Inform Collaborative Discussion Regarding Educational Innovation. Canadian Journal of Learning Technology 35(2) http://www.cjlt.ca/index.php/cjlt/article/view/522/255
Orr, D., Meadows, J., & Mrazek, R. (2009). Emergent Technologies for Environmental Education: Assessing the Efficacy of the Level of Adoption On-Line Survey. In T. Bastiaens et al. (Eds.), Proceedings of World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education 2009 (pp. 1026-1035). Chesapeake, VA: AACE. Retrieved from http://www.editlib.org/p/32590
Mrazek, R. & Orr, D. (2008). The “Level of Use” Index as a Tool to Assess Professional Growth and Development of Graduate Students Studying the Educational Applications of Emergent Technologies. In McFerrin, K., Weber, R., Carlsen, R. and Willis, D. (Eds.) Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education 2008 19th International Conference. 1493-1498. CD-ROM. Chesapeake, VA: AACE.