Instructure honors Laura Deeter, who teaches about plants using (virtual) zombies

Laura Deeter, professor of horticulture technologies at Ohio State ATI, has won a 2019 Educator of the Year Award in the professor category in an awards program sponsored by the software company Instructure. The awards program, an Instructure press release said, “recognizes outstanding educators working to further teaching as well as shape the next generation of students.” Instructure makes an open online learning management system called Canvas.

“I wanted to find a way to turn what I do and teach into something that’s fun,” Deeter is quoted as saying in the press release. “I took Canvas and all of the tools that come with it and turned my plant identification course into a game about plants and zombies. I learned a lot about how the students use the technology, and the students felt that they engaged more with the class.”

Read Instructure’s press release here. Read a Q&A with Deeter, published by Ohio State’s Office of Distance Learning and eLearning here.