About the Author
John Ross is an educational technology consultant who works with national and state leaders as well as actively helping districts and schools implement technology initiatives that support teaching and learning. Dr. Ross was a classroom teacher for ten years prior to serving as director of the Institute for Advancement of Emerging Technologies in Education and later as the director of technology for the Appalachian Regional Comprehensive Center, both funded by the U.S. Department of Education. He is the author of the best-selling book ONLINE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT. DESIGN, DELIVER, SUCCEED! (Corwin), which was selected as the book-of-the-month for July 2011 by Learning Forward (formerly the National Staff Development Council). He serves as adjunct faculty at Bethel University in Nashville, Tennessee, where he teaches the educational technology course he designed for the Masters of Education program. He holds a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction and instructional technology from Virginia Tech.
Peg Ertmer is Professor of Learning Design and Technology in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Purdue University. Her scholarship focuses on the impact that student-centered instructional approaches, such as problem-based learning and case-based instruction, have on learning. In addition, she explores the interplay between teachers' beliefs and their uses of student-centered instructional practices. Dr. Ertmer earned a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Purdue University, a master's degree in Special Education-Learning Disabilities from Cardinal Stritch College, and a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from the University of Denver. She has co-edited three editions of the ID CASEBOOK: CASE STUDIES IN INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN and is the founding editor of the INTERDISCIPLINARY JOURNAL OF PROBLEM-BASED LEARNING, published by Purdue University Press.