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Elise A Lofgren

Graduate Student Profile
The student: Elise is a doctoral candidate working with Dr. Colleen Brady. Elise received her BS and MS in animal/equine science from Murray State University. Originally from the western suburbs of the Chicago area, Elise did not grow up in an agricultural setting, but was introduced to the world of agriculture through her love of horses and pursuit of equine and equestrian studies. Research, teachings, projects, grants, etc.:  Elise’s interest areas are instructional design and innovative educational techniques within the context of agriculture/animal sciences. While pursuing a PhD in YDAE, she will also receive a certificate in instructional design from the Learning, Design, and Technology department in the College of Education at Purdue.   Elise has created educational materials for a variety of audiences, such as online modules, presentations, and infographics. For her dissertation, Elise has partnered with the International Museum of the Horse in Lexington, Kentucky, to create, design, develop, implement, and evaluate on online museum exhibit about horses in agriculture. Elise is also the project manager for a nationwide group of horse extension specialists, Extension Horses, Inc.  Outside of instructional design and education research, Elise also has an interested in the social science aspect of equine management and training, specifically looking at how certain personal characteristics, such as preferred riding discipline, effect perceptions of training and management practices of horses. Elise has had the opportunity to present her research at national and international conferences and is always working to further contribute to the body of knowledge by submitting new work to journals. Future plans: Elise plans to pursue an instructional design position with the hopes of eventually securing a faculty position which would allow her to teach others and continue to conduct research.  

M.S. Murray State University Field of Study: Animal Science
B.S. Murray State University  Field of Study: Animal Science 

Professional Activities
Member of Equine Science Society and International Society for Equitation Science. 

Research Interests
Education and social science in the context of the agricultural and animal/equine sciences. Instructional design and use of innovative technologies in education. 

Thesis Title
Horses in Agriculture Online: Designing, Developing, and Evaluating an Online Museum Exhibit Using the Systems Approach Model of Instructional Design

Committee Members
Dr. Colleen Brady (Advisor)

Funding Source
Bilsland Fellowship

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