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Erik Epp

Academic Technologist

I joined the Academic Technology Support Services team in the fall of 2015. I have a particular love for data visualization, building prototypes, and automating processes. I have experience with qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-methods research and have been involved in projects on hypermedia navigation, conversations patterns in online chat rooms, online forum interaction patterns, integrating research methodology into classroom laboratories, and studying the effectiveness of a green chemistry curriculum.

Background

My background is in chemistry with research into nuclear chemistry (B.S.), computational astrochemistry (M.S.), and most recently chemistry education research (Ph.D.) with a focus on effective use technology for teaching and learning chemistry. I’ve been involved in teaching classes ranging from 20 to 2200 students at the University of Chicago, Purdue University, and St. Olaf College. I won three awards for outstanding teaching during that time. I have also worked for a small education technology company, WebAssign, that concentrated on online assessment for Math and Science classes. During my time there, I worked with developers and faculty to design and create new tools for teaching and learning chemistry. Outside of work, my hobbies include running, photography, and archery. I also enjoy reading, board games, and solving puzzles such as Rubik's cubes.

Recent Publications and Presentations

Erik M. Epp. (2016, Aug). "Designing research with massive data sets." The 24th Biennial Conference on Chemical Education, Greeley, CO, USA.
Erik M. Epp. (2016, Aug). "Mistakes were made (and analyzed)". The 24th Biennial Conference on Chemical Education, Greeley, CO, USA.
Erik M. Epp. (2016, Jul). "Technical Administration of an LMS Pilot." Minnesota eLearning Summit, Minneapolis, MN, USA.
Erik M. Epp. (2016, Mar). "Large-scale analysis of open-ended student responses in questions involving randomly-generated combinations of values." The 251th ACS National Meeting, San Diego, CA, USA.
Erik M. Epp. (2015, June). "Providing Automated, Detailed Feedback for Students within Randomized Questions." The 2015 Gordon Research Conference on Chemistry Education Research and Practice, Lewiston, ME, USA.
Erik M. Epp. (2015, May). "Open-Source Electronic Assessment in Chemistry." The American Chemical Society Florida Annual Meeting and Exposition 2015, Tampa, FL, USA.
Erik M. Epp & Karen Nippert. (2015, Mar). "Electronic grading of laboratory reports to account for variation in student data." The 249th ACS National Meeting, Denver, CO, USA.
Erik M. Epp. (2015, Mar). "Transparency and electronic assessment." The 249th ACS National Meeting, Denver, CO, USA.
Erik M. Epp. (2014, Aug). "Flexible tools for student learning in online learning environments." The 23rd Biennial Conference on Chemical Education, Allendale, MI, USA.
Erik M. Epp. (2014, May). "Structuring Pre-Class Assignments to Prepare Students." The American Chemical Society Florida Annual Meeting and Exposition 2014, Tampa, FL, USA.
Erik M. Epp. (2013, Nov). "Deep Help – Providing Multi-Level Assistance to Students in Online Learning Environments." Fall 2013 Committee for Computers in Chemical Education (CCCE) Newsletter, USA.
Erik M. Epp. (2013, June). "Configured for Learning: Describing the Usage of Online Learning System Interventions for Reproducibility." The 2013 Gordon Research Conference on Chemistry Education Research and Practice, Newport, RI, USA.
Erik M. Epp & Caroline Christian. (2013, May). "Philosophies of Online Homework." The American Chemical Society Florida Annual Meeting and Exposition 2013, Tampa, FL, USA.
Erik M. Epp, Caroline Christian, Michiel van Rhee, Jason Justice, Emily L. Todd, Ryan J. Davoile, Peter E. Heffner & Dakin Sharum. (2013, Apr). "Providing multiple levels of assessment and assistance in an electronic chemistry learning system." The 245th ACS National Meeting, New Orleans, LA, USA.
Erik M. Epp. (2012, May). "Approximations in General Chemistry." The American Chemical Society Florida Annual Meeting and Exposition 2012, Tampa, FL, USA.
Erik M. Epp. (2011, June). "Stop and Go Teaching – Using Clickers to Run an Adaptive Classroom." The 2011 Gordon Research Conference on Chemistry Education Research and Practice, Davidson, NC, USA.

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