The CITL is excited to welcome Megan DeMoss (she/her), our new Instructional Technology Consultant. Megan comes to us with some teaching and technology integration experience. Get to know her better by reading below and reach out if you would like help with Canvas or any other tech tools.
Can you introduce yourself a little? What’s a hobby or two you enjoy?
I am originally from the Fort Wayne area, but I came to Bloomington as a student and never left. I earned my B.S. in Secondary Mathematics Education and taught junior high and high school math, mostly Algebra, for over eight years. During that time, I also earned my M.S. in Secondary Education. In 2013, I became a technology coach for K-12 teachers where I helped them and their students use tools like Google Drive, iPad apps, and web apps to engage with their classes and demonstrate their learning. In 2015, I began teaching K201: Computers in Business at Kelley. In my eight years at Kelley, I also taught K160: Introduction to Modeling Business Problems, and I was the coordinator of the peer tutor and teaching assistant program for five years.
In my free time, I enjoy hiking and reading. I could spend hours in a bookstore or at the library. I also enjoy baking, listening to podcasts and most genres of music, and watching game shows, Friends, and Grey’s Anatomy.
What’s a moment from teaching you’ve really enjoyed?
Any time a student has an “aha!” moment is so rewarding. I have taught mostly classes that are very skills-based, and I enjoy watching students build their confidence in their own abilities to understand one problem and apply their knowledge to a new situation. I like helping students realize that they really can do it and that they can trust their own intuition. When students tell me that what they learned in class helped them in their leadership position or allowed them to help a family member, those are rewarding moments, too.
I have also enjoyed getting to know students on a personal level. Our students come to us from such a variety of backgrounds and have had their own unique experiences. It is easy to generalize their behaviors based on their entire generation, but when you are able to talk with a student one-on-one, even just in the minutes between classes, you can learn more about their interests and goals. Sometimes you can use that knowledge as you create learning experiences for them, and even if you cannot do that, knowing more about your students can help you better understand them as people.
What’s a piece of advice you would give to any graduate student or faculty member teaching at IU?
“The only stupid question is the question that is never asked.” – Ramon Bautista
Ask for help! IU has so many resources and people available to help you, whether you are struggling with how to articulate your learning objectives, or you want to brainstorm new ways of teaching and engaging students. If you are looking for a place to start, try teaching.iu.edu or contact CITL and we will be happy to help you.
What are you looking forward to doing at the CITL?
I am looking forward to working with faculty and staff across the university, learning what their needs are, and helping them successfully use tools that will guide them to their goals. I also enjoy discovering more about teaching and learning at all ages and the various ways we demonstrate our understanding, so I am looking forward to learning how faculty in various disciplines deliver their content and engage their students.
Megan and all our CITL colleagues are available to meet with instructors virtually or in-person. Just complete this contact form to explain your needs. Also, check out our Events page for upcoming workshops, especially as the fall semester approaches.