Vanessa Paz Dennen
Professor of Instructional Systems & Learning Technologies
Dennen researches online learning, online communities, knowledge networks and social media use in K-12 education. Within these areas, she focuses on issues such as learning activity design, identity, privacy, and ethical technology use.
Bret Staudt Willet
Assistant Professor of Instructional Systems & Learning Technologies
Staudt Willet is an expert on networked learning in online communities. In particular, he studies how social media platforms both benefit and complicate professional transitions, such as new teachers’ induction from preparation programs into professional practice.
Director of the Office of Information and Instructional Technologies
Vyortkina directs the College of Education’s Office of Information and Instructional Technologies (OIIT), where she encourages faculty and students to use e-learning strategies and technologies to enhance learning, teaching, assessment and research. As part of the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) task force, she is involved in developing competencies for educators working in blended and online learning and teaching environments.