Steven T. Nagel

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Steven serves as an Associate Instructional Designer on the Distance Education team in The Office of Distance Education and eLearning at The Ohio State University. In this role, Steven works with faculty one-on-one to develop three online courses per semester (typically two full developments and one revision). Steven also contribute’s to the DE team’s Multimedia Advancement Initiative to investigate and assess innovative, interactive ways to engage students in online courses. Most recently, Steven has begun to focus on research efforts as they relate to best practices for teaching with technology in both online and face-to-face courses by serving as a Principal Investigator for Distance Education multimedia research and assisting an interdisciplinary team to develop an a grant proposal that outlines iPad-enabled active learning activities for introductory science courses at Ohio State for the Digital Flagship Initiative.

He completed his master’s in EEOB in July 2016. His research, while housed in his home department of EEOB, focused on two aspects of biology education—effective biodiversity teaching methods in urban environments and the implementation and evaluation of iPads as mobile learning technologies in two biology classes.

Steven began his career in education as an undergraduate research assistant in 2012 when he assisted in the conversion of the course, EEOB 3320: Organismal Diversity, from a lecture-lab format into a studio format in which students utilized mobile learning technologies (e.g. Apple iPads and Apple Airplay) to share course content.

As a graduate student he continued to diversify his knowledge of curriculum and instructional design. He helped to design and implement a new iBooks project in EEOB 2210: Ohio Plants. For this iBooks project, he taught students to create and to utilize multimedia content for the development of a student-generated course textbook.  He also collaborated with several EEOB graduate students and faculty to evaluate and redesign laboratory exercises for EEOB 3410: Ecology.

His experiences also extend to K-12 education. He received the biology fellow position at OSU’s Metro Early College High school in which he designed and implemented new laboratory exercises and wrote new summative and formative assessments to help meet both Ohio Department of Education and ACT quality core standards. He also worked with OSU faculty and staff from Teaching and Learning, Engineering, and EEOB on a grant funded by the Ohio Department of Education to develop new curricula utilizing model-based learning in K-12 biology classes. During this project, he served on the Curriculum Development/Teacher Educative team. He wrote novel activities that aligned with ODE standards and incorporated the use of educational technologies in newly developed materials.


  • MLT, Master of Learning Technologies, The Ohio State University, Anticipated 2019
  • MS, Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology (Focus: Biology Education Research), The Ohio State University, 2016
  • BS, Zoology, The Ohio State University, 2013
  • BA, Latin Language and Literature, The Ohio State University, 2013

Areas of Expertise

  • Instructional Design
  • Curriculum Development & Assessment
  • Mobile Learning Technology
  • Inquiry-Based Education
  • Biology Education