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Christopher Devers, PhD

Assistant Professor
Christopher Devers received a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, as well as a MS in educational administration and a BS in engineering and technology education from Purdue University. He is an Assistant Professor at Johns Hopkins School of Education. Overall, Dr. Devers is interested in applied metacognitive processes and how people learn. Specifically, he explores learning using videos, mobile devices, and in online environments. He is also interested in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) and student success.
EDUCATION

2009 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL
Ph.D. Curriculum and Instruction

2003 Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
M.S. Educational Administration

2000 Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
B.S. Engineering and Technology Education

PROFESSIONAL POSITIONS

Johns Hopkins University
2018 – present Assistant Professor, School of Education

Indiana Wesleyan University
2011 – 2018 Director of Research, Center for Learning and Innovation
2014 – 2018 Associate Professor, School of Education
2011 – 2014 Assistant Professor, School of Education

Excelsia College
2016 – 2018 Director of Lumen Research Institute

University of San Diego
2009 – 2011 Assistant Professor (graduate faculty), Learning and Teaching

GRANTS

2017 – 2018 Using Evidence-Based Approaches to Improve Early Childhood Success
Amount: $104,940
Funding agency: Indiana Family and Social Services/Early Learning Indiana
Description: five experimental projects that used smartphones, nudging, communities of practice, growth mindsets, and social belonging to increase early childhood success.

2017 – 2017 Developing Computational Thinking Skills
Amount: $4,041
Funding agency: Community Foundations of Grant County
Description: provided network and computer equipment, as well as training for educators at St. Martin Community Center on ways to teach and incorporate computational thinking into their curriculum.

2015 – 2016 An App-Based Approach for Increasing Learning
Amount: One-year app subscription ($1,950 equivalent)
Funding agency: Indiana Wesleyan University, Office of Institutional Research
Description: experimental research explored sending weekly test questions to students through a mobile device.

2015 – 2016 Growth-mindset and Social-belonging: An Innovative Solution for Student Success
Amount: One-year app subscription ($1,950 equivalent)
Funding agency: Indiana Wesleyan University, Office of Institutional Research
Description: experimental research explored the influence of growth-mindset and social-belonging on student success; the intervention was delivered using a mobile device over the course of a semester.

Fall 2010 Tinkering for Thinking!
Amount: One course release ($7,500 equivalent)
Funding agency: University of San Diego, School of Leadership and Education Sciences
Description: prepared a grant that explored a new approach to teaching and its influence on generalizable learning.

Spring 2010 Second Life Learning Space
Amount: One student technology assistant ($2,000 equivalent)
Funding agency: University of San Diego, Provost’s office
Description: developed a learning library in Second Life for student lesson plans and projects.

Fall 2009 Wikiversity Templates
Amount: One student technology assistant ($2,000 equivalent)
Funding agency: University of San Diego, Provost’s office
Description: developed Wikiversity lesson plan templates and developed a lesson plan repository.

BOOK CHAPTERS *REFEREED

Ream, T., Devers, C. J., & Pattengale, J. (accepted). The promise and peril of the public intellectual. In M. Paulsen & L. Perna (Eds.), Higher education: Handbook of theory and research (pp. xx-xx). New York, NY: Springer.*

Devers, C. J., Devers, E. E., Oke, L. D. (2018). Encouraging metacognition in digital learning environments. In D. Ifenthaler (Ed.), Digital workplace learning (pp. 9-22). New York, NY: Springer.*

Devers, C. J., & Devers, E. E. (2015). Developing a SoTL-based lesson. In R. Smith & B. Schwartz (Eds.), Using SoTL to enhance the academic job (pp. 34-43). Wakefield, RI: Society for the Teaching of Psychology.*

Devers, C. J., & Gurung, R. A. R. (2015). A critical perspective on gamification in education. In T. Reiners & L. Wood (Eds.), Gamification in education and business (pp. 417-430). New York, NY: Springer.*

Ramos, R., & Devers, C. J. (2014). iPad-enabled experiments in an undergraduate physics laboratory. In C. Miller & A. Doering (Eds.), The new landscape of mobile learning: Redesigning education in an app-based world (pp. 334-353). New York, NY: Routledge.*

JOURNAL ARTICLES *REFEREED

Devers, C. J., & Devers, E. E. (accepted). The wheel of discussion: A new approach to cold-calling. International Journal on E-Learning.*

Devers, C. J., & Panke, S. (2018). Learning with mobile devices: An overview. Journal of Interactive Learning Research 29(3), 249-262.*

Shepherd, D. S., & Devers, C J. (2017). Principal perceptions of new teacher effectiveness. Journal of Education 195(2), 37-47.*

Bakir, N., Devers, C. J., & Hug, B. (2016). Affordances and constraints of a blended course in a teacher professional development program. Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia, 25(4), 323-341.*

Bandi-Rao, S., & Devers, C. J. (2015). Developing MOOCs to narrow the college readiness gap: Challenges and recommendations for a writing course. International Journal on E-Learning, 14(3), 351-371.*

Cortez, D., Sharma, N., Devers, C. J., Devers, E. E., & Schlegel, T. (2014). Visual transform applications for estimating the spatial QRS-T angle from the conventional 12-lead ECG: Kors is still most Frank. Journal of Electrocardiology, 47(1), 12-19.*

Cortez, D., Sharma, N., Devers, C. J., Devers, E. E., & Schlegel, T. (2013). Visually estimating the spatial QRS-T angle from the conventional 12-lead ECG. Journal of Electrocardiology, 46(4), e13.*

Devers, C. J. (2011). Developing trust and openness in an online environment. International Journal of Instructional Technology and Distance Learning, 8(5), 17-28.*

INVITED CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

Devers, C. J. (2017, October). Future directions and challenges of e-learning: A panel conversation of e-learning leaders. Invited panel presentation at the World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, Vancouver, Canada.

Devers, C. J. (2015, October). MOOCs and open education around the world: A discussion of the resulting book and special issue. Invited panel presentation at the World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, Kona, HI.

CONFERENCES *REFEREED

Palmer, K., & Devers, C. J. (2018). An evaluation of MOOC success: NetPromoter scores. In Proceedings of World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications 2018 (pp. xx-xx). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.*

Devers, C. J., Leonard, S., Devers, E. E., Tripp, S., Leonard, J., Johnson, A., & Alayan, A. J. (2018, May). Supporting evidence-based practices using text messaging. Poster presented at the Association for Psychological Science 30th Annual Convention, San Francisco, CA.*

Hall, A. C., Devers, C. J., & Devers, E, E. (2018, May). Using certainty-based marking to improve metacognition. Poster presented at the Association for Psychological Science 30th Annual Convention, San Francisco, CA.*

Steenbergh, T., Daugherty, D., Devers, C. J., Oke, L., & Evey, K. (2017, May). Nudging students toward success: Mobile delivery of social belonging and growth mindsets. Poster presented at the Association for Psychological Science 29th Annual Convention, Boston, MA.*

Devers, C. J., E., Devers, E. E., Alayan, A., Ragsdale, E, Hayes, O., Cook, M., Evey, K., Cobb, A., Gandy, K., & Ngo, S. (2017, April). An app-based approach for increasing learning. Paper presented at the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.*

Steenbergh, T., Daugherty, D., Devers, C. J., & Oke, L. (2017, February). mSuccess: A smartphone-based growth mindset and social belonging intervention. Paper presented at the 36th Annual First-Year Experience, Atlanta, GA.*

Devers, E, E., Devers, C. J., Alayan, A., & Ragsdale, E. (2016). Interleaved, distributed, and practice testing: Using smartphones to increase learning. In Proceedings of World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education 2016 (pp. 652-655). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.*

Devers, C. J., Daugherty, D., Steenbergh, T., Runyan, J., Oke, L., Alayan, A., & Ragsdale, E. (2016). Mindsets, smartphones, and student success. In Proceedings of World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education 2016 (pp. 648-651). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.*

Devers, C. J., Devers, E. E., Lehman, T. E., Steenbergh, T. A., Alayan, A., Ragsdale, E., Hayes, O., Evey, K., Cook, M., Cobb, G., Gandy, K., Reng, D., & Aitchison, M. (2016). Khan Academy: Learning and self-explanation. In Proceedings of World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications 2016 (pp. 1040-1044). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.*

Devers, C. J., Daugherty, D., Steenbergh, T., Runyan, J., Oke, L., & Alayan, A. (2016). Enhancing student success: Disseminating a growth-mindset and social-belonging intervention with smartphones. In Proceedings of World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications 2016 (pp. 1674-1677). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.*

Devers, C. J., Conrad, J., Devers, E, E., Cook, M. & Alayan, A. (2016). Video and written discussions. In Proceedings of World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications 2016 (pp. 1045-1048). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.*

Devers, C. J., Daugherty, D., Steenbergh, T., Runyan, J., & Alayan, A. (2016, May). Mindsets, smartphones, and student success. Poster presented at the Association for Psychological Science 28th Annual Convention, Chicago, IL.*

PRESS AND MEDIA COVERAGE

Devers, C. J. (2016, December). Challenges persist when gamifying education. Education Drive. Retrieved from http://www.educationdive.com/news/challenges-persist-when-gamifying-education/430817/

Devers, C. J. (2016, October). Flipgrid supports evidence-based practices. Flipgrid Blog. Retrieved from http://blog.flipgrid.com/news/2016/10/5/flipgrid-supports-evidence-based-practices

Devers, C. J. (2009, October). Transforming education in the age of digital literacy. Horizons News Magazine, 2-4.