Todd grew up in Portland and completed a BS and MS degrees at Oregon State and worked there before moving to LMU in 2005. Athletics spurred an interest for him in physiological adaptations to exercise in order to understand anecdotal practices in performance training. Currently, he is pursuing an Ed.D. in instructional technologies at Pepperdine University.
Teaching is not making someone learn. Rather, teachers act as facilitators of whole-person growth by creating and maintaining inspirational learning environments that foster individual curiosity and self-actualization. Referent leadership and mentoring catalyze the assimilation of students into their chosen communities of practice through feedback delivered via modeling and individually appropriate narratives.
Todd has experience in utilizing virtual classrooms (Adobe Connect, Eluminate, Webex, Skype, Tapped-In), learning management systems (Blackboard, McGraw-Hill Connect, Pearson Coursecompass, Sakai), lecture capture (Echo360, audio and video podcasts, Tegrity), classroom technologies (Doceri, PRS Clickers, iClickers, Powerpoint, multimedia, iTunesU, iPads, digital camera microscopy), virtual dissections, E-books, and facilitating student creative projects such as videos, blogs, websites, books, manuals, songs, games, and wikis. He is contributor to the development of a number of digital learning products provided by McGraw-Hill including: Learnsmart, Anatomy and Physiology Revealed, and Connect. Currently, he is investigating the following pedagogical areas: 1) the effectiveness of student-generated anatomy atlases in retention of knowledge and comparative analysis of physiological function, 2) the effects of photographic food journaling with cellphone cameras on nutritional knowledge as assessed through portion size and nutrient estimation, 3) and best practices for online and hybrid learning environments.