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Adam Fein

Adam Fein

Vice President for Digital Strategy and Innovation

Dr. Adam D. Fein has served as Vice President for Digital Strategy and Innovation since November 2018. As the head of UNT’s online and digital strategies, he leads the charge to identify new directions and opportunities to improve the academic quality, reach and performance of the university in the online and global education markets. His research is focused on the examination of the cognitive theory of multimedia learning and the effects of disruptive innovation theory in higher education. Prior to joining UNT, Dr. Fein served the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for 17 years in numerous roles with online and innovative education. He was responsible for shaping campus strategy and providing campus-wide support for innovations in classroom and online settings. In his previous roles, he was responsible for overseeing the instructional design, instructional development, instructional media resources, and online academic and student affairs teams. Prior to his time in higher education at two of the world’s largest universities, he served as a training and development consultant at Pepsi/Gatorade Inc. and at the Quaker Oats Company. In addition, Dr. Fein has published book chapters and numerous professional papers.

Tania Heap

Tania Heap

Director of Learning Research and Accessibility, DSI CLEAR

Dr. Tania Heap is the Director of Learning Research and Accessibility based in the Center for Learning Experimentation, Application, and Research (CLEAR) at the University of North Texas (UNT). She has been involved in online and technology-enhanced learning initiatives in different capacities for 15 years. Her background is in practice-based research in learning technology, design and methods in social-behavioral-educational research with human participants, digital accessibility and ADA compliance testing, faculty development, and instructional design for high-enrollment online classes and MOOCs.

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Rudi Thompson

Ruthanne “Rudi” Thompson

Assistant Vice President, Digital Strategy and Innovation and Associate Professor of Biology

Dr. Rudi Thompson is a UNT Distinguished Teaching Professor, faculty member in the department of Biological Sciences, Assistant Vice President in the Division of Digital Strategy and Innovation, and Executive Director of the Center for Learning Experimentation, Application, and Research (CLEAR) at UNT. She has been in the teaching realm for more than 30 years, with experience teaching learners from PreK through Grey. Her research focuses on the space and/or the barriers between teaching and learning in science.

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Audon Archibald

Audon Archibald

Data Analyst, DSI

Audon is a Ph.D. candidate in Psychology at the University of North Texas. His research interests include an emphasis on the role popular media plays into the development of attitudes and behaviors. He currently assists the Learning Research Team in the Division of Digital Strategy and Innovation (DSI) as a full-time data analyst aiding in the development and evaluation of research projects centering around the role of technology in education.

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Heather Lucke

Data Analyst Intern, DSI

Heather Lucke is a Data Analyst Intern. More on Heather soon!

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Rubab Shahzad

Data Analyst Intern, DSI

Rubab is a graduate student at the Department of Information Science. She is pursuing her MS Information Science with a concentration in Information Systems. She is also a member of the Graduate Student Innovation Advisory Board (GSIAB). She likes to research on the concepts of integrating technology to better serve user’s information needs. Her interest includes data analysis and data interpretation using modeling and visualization.

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