The Center for Teaching & Learning (CTL) was officially established in the summer of 2014 to promote innovation and excellence in teaching and learning at Dixie State University. Bruce Harris was hired as the CTL’s first director.
Bruce Harris – Director
Bruce Harris grew up in San Diego, California and attended San Diego State University. He earned his Ph.D. in Instructional Science from Brigham Young University. Since 1983 he has worked as an instructional designer for many companies. He established an instructional design-based company in 1999 and has worked with clients such as Motorola, Sullivan University, Illinois State Museum, K-12 school districts, etc. For 24 years he was a professor of Instructional Design and Technology at Western Illinois University and also served as an acting department chair. While at Western Illinois University, he developed and taught 19 different courses and used various classroom and distance learning technologies, such as videoconferencing, interactive two-way video and two-way audio, satellite television, audio teleconference, online learning, etc. He has been teaching online courses since 1994 and primarily uses a flipped classroom approach for his face-to-face and blended classes. He has published over 20 academic publications and has presented over 125 papers at professional conferences on such topics as self-regulated learning, effective online learning programs and strategies, evaluating quality online teaching, integrating effective electronic classrooms, etc. He has worked with many faculty members both individually and collectively in faculty development initiatives and programs. He and his wife, Laurie, are the parents of three children. He is excited to be living in St. George and working with the Center for Teaching & Learning at Dixie State University.
Scott Designer – Instructional Designer
Scott grew up in Ogden, Utah and attended Brigham Young University, Weber State University, and Utah State University. He earned his M.S. in Instructional Technology from Utah State University in 1993. Scott spent three years at Dixie State University (then Dixie College) as an Instructional Technology Specialist and is excited to be able to return to work in the Center for Teaching & Learning. After leaving Dixie, Scott worked as an Instructional Designer for TestOut Corporation, designing and developing technical network certification training for Novell and Microsoft certification. He also worked for Weber State University, helping faculty design and develop online courses for WSU Online. Scott also worked for Utah Education Network, administering the Blackboard Vista and Canvas Learning management systems and helping to train teachers and staff at K-12 and higher education institutions in Utah. Before returning to Dixie State University, Scott worked briefly for Ogden-Weber Tech College as an Instructional Technologist. In his spare time, Scott enjoys spending time with family, playing and watching soccer, mountain biking, and researching his family history. Scott and his wife, Camie, are the parents of five children. Scott is thrilled to be back at Dixie State University and looks forward to working with the great faculty here.
April Olsen – Office Assistant
April is a senior in the Bachelors of Accounting program here at Dixie State. She works as an assistant for the Center for Teaching & Learning, Concurrent Enrollment department, and the Hurricane Education Center. When not working or attending class, April enjoys reading, cooking, and crafting of any kind.
Center for Teaching & Learning
Holland Centennial Commons Suite 320
Dixie State University
225 S. University Ave.
Saint George, UT 84770
During the Summer semester, the center is open Monday – Thursday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.
During the Fall and Spring semesters, the center is open Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. Bruce Harris, CTL Director, and Scott Allen, CTL Instructional Designer, are usually available from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, except when they are attending meetings or consulting with faculty members. It is usually best to set up an appointment in advance.
We welcome walk-in visits and phone calls. Faculty are encouraged to stop by to discuss pedagogy, learning technologies, get feedback on a syllabus, arrange a class visit or observation exchange, etc.