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Andrea Lisa Nixon (Carleton College)

Andrea Lisa Nixon
Director of Curricular and Research Support and Lecturer in Educational Studies

Northfield, Minnesota

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Andrea Nixon is the Director of Curricular and Research Support for Carleton College and has worked in the academic computing field for over 25 years. During that time she has worked with faculty, students, librarians and instructional technologists on the effective integration of information technologies into the curriculum of residential liberal arts colleges. She wrote of her experiences in a 1999 article for CAUSE/EFFECT titled 'Discipline-Focused Technology Support Fosters Curriculum Innovation.' Andrea has served on a variety of EDUCAUSE committees including the Security Task Force - Policies and Legal Issues Working Group, is a former chair of the Advisory Committee on Teaching and Learning, and is co-director of the Learning Technologies Leadership Institute. She has served as an invited expert to the President Obama's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) on educational uses of technology in higher education.

Andrea received her Ph.D. from the Department of Educational Policy and Administration at the University of Minnesota. Andrea's research has included both policy analysis and educational research. Her dissertation research examined the role of institutional copyright policy on the development of curricular materials for online instruction. Her most recent collaborative research project is titled "Curricular Uses of Visual Materials: A Mixed-Method Institutional Study." The central research question of this study was: Are the sources of support that the College provides well suited to the work demanded of students and faculty as they make curricular use of visual materials? Her current research includes the Student Engagement with Academic Support (SEAS) longitudinal study that examines student behaviors as they work on course assignments.

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