August 19, 2020

Reimagining the Online Classroom: Six Course Activities to Foster a Transformative Learning Community

Room: ESLC 053


This session will present the lessons learned in our learning circle on transformative learning environments. Transformative learning is in essence being open to "otherness" and withholding judgment to bridge and understand our differences to ultimately transform our perspectives. Transformative learning begins with critical reflection and dialogue. Transformative learning principles shift from just presenting information to building authentic learning experiences into the design and delivery of online teaching and learning. In this session, we will share strategies we have learned and lessons coming in our own online classrooms to foster a community where students can experience transformative learning activities through reflection and dialogue in the online space. Presenters from multiple disciplines will give examples of transformative learning experiences, including trying on new roles, reflection, projection, student research, and other practices.

*Participants will gain a basic understanding of transformative learning.
*Participants will learn ready-to-implement strategies to promote transformative learning experiences and foster safe learning communities in their online classroom.

Lisa GabbertAubrey Rogowski

Graduate Instructor & Doctoral Candidate

Aubrey Rogowski is a doctoral candidate in the Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences Department. She conducts research and evaluation work heavily focused on K-12 learning settings. Her areas of expertise include STEM-rich making, developing curriculum materials, teacher & librarian learning, and K-5 computational thinking and professional development. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education with a mild/moderate special education endorsement and a Master of Education in Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences. Aubrey has taught several undergraduate and graduate courses within the ITLS department. She is passionate about teaching and learning. Aubrey is constantly trying new ways to engage her online students creatively and effectively in collaborative learning experiences. When Aubrey is not studying or teaching, she spends time with her family and friends. She loves to experience new places and things with her husband and daughter.

Sarah Tulane, Ph.D., CFLE

Lisa Gabbert

Clinical Associate Professor

Dr. Sarah Tulane is a clinical associate professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies. She loves teaching a variety of classes including Human Development Across the Lifespan, Research Methods, Infant and Child Development, and Family Life Education Methods. She coordinates and advises for the online Human Development and Family Studies undergraduate degree. Her research interests include child and adolescent development, media use in relation to development, teacher development, and methods for family life education. Play is her favorite concept to study regarding human development, and her favorite hobby is playing with her children.

Lucy Delgadillo

Lisa Gabbert


Dr. Lucy Delgadillo is an interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary scholar with a background in journalism, broadcasting, sociology, public relations, political sciences, and consumer sciences. Dr. Delgadillo's leadership and research efforts have focused on financial literacy for individuals and families and different interventions, including financial education, housing, financial counseling, and financial coaching. She has over 140 publications in refereed journals, refereed proceedings, book chapters, specialized magazines, newspapers, and websites. In addition, she has done more than 80 national and international presentations

Julie Stevens, MSW, LCSW

Lisa Gabbert

Clinical Assistant Professor

Julie Stevens, MSW, LCSW, is a clinical assistant professor for the Social Work department in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Following my MSW I worked in clinical practice in Millard County, UT for nearly 4 years. I worked with individuals, families, and groups in therapy to address mental health and addiction concerns. One of my specialties is working with children from a neuroscience perspective. I participated on a committee to implement Utah’sIntergenerational Poverty Initiative for Millard County. I also worked with crisis intervention for the 6-county area in the Emergency Rooms. I joined the faculty at USU in 2022 for the Ephraim Campus. Undergraduate courses taught: Intro to Social Work and Field Practicum.

Alexander C. Romney

Lisa Gabbert

Assistant Professor

Alexander C. Romney is an Assistant Professor in the Marketing and Strategy Department of the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University. His research is focused on four main areas: employee voice, the meaning of work, leadership, and teaming. He is especially interested in how employees learn, grow, and develop personally through their work experiences. Romney is currently engaged in research that investigates how leaders help others successfully navigate difficult experiences, how artificial intelligence affects managerial decision making, and how employee voice can improve important organizational outcomes. Romney's research has been published in Organization Science, the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, and Group Processes and Intergroup Relations. Dr. Romney earned his B.A. from Brigham Young University and his Ph.D. in organizational behavior from the University of Utah. He worked as a research associate at the Harvard Business School and taught at the University of Utah prior to coming to the Huntsman School. He teaches courses on leadership and teams. His teaching is focused on helping students become their best selves, to become leaders who contribute to the betterment of society.

Paul Mickelson

Lisa Gabbert


Paul Mickelson is a Lecturer for the Mathematics and Statistics Department in the College of Science. He obtained his Bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering from Brigham Young University; Idaho whereupon he discovered his passion for teaching mathematics and switched gears to earn a Master's in Applied Mathematics from the University of Washington. His teaching approach is to show students that math doesn't have to be "that scary roadblock" preventing them from obtaining their degrees, but that it can actually be fun and engaging. Paul has inspired countless students to not only gain confidence in their ability to successfully complete mathematics courses but even to pursuit math-related fields themselves.

Layne Sermersheim

Lisa Gabbert

Master Student, Biology Department

Layne is a master's student from southern Indiana who joined Dr. Susannah French's Lab in January 2021 after receiving her B.S. degree in Animal Behavior at Indiana University. She is exploring how different temperatures affect the behaviors of side-blotched lizards in both rural and urban sites in St. George, Utah. In the future, she aims to educate others about science and the natural world and work as a museum curator with a focus on science outreach to positively impact the community. leadership and teams. His teaching is focused on helping students become their best selves, to become leaders who contribute to the betterment of society.