Meet Suzanne Yvonne Ensmann
Assistant Professor, Education
Phone: (813) 257-3526
Address: 401 W. Kennedy Blvd. Tampa, FL 33606
1986 Florida State University, B.S.
2007 Indiana University, M.S.
2017 Morehead State University, Ed.D.
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Introduction to Instructional Design
Inquiry and Measurement
Media for Instruction
Introduction to Program Evaluation
Introduction to Distance Learning
Introduction to Instructional Games and Simulations
Design of Online Collaborative Learning
Suzanne Ensmann specializes in meaningful and effective instructional design (ID) delivered in both hybrid and online learning. Her specific academic interest focuses on incorporating students’ hyper-communication and ubiquitous computing skills (like gaming) into instruction to improve learning. Ensmann also believes students should experience the value of servant leadership and a global education with real-world project-based learning (PBL).
Ensmann is interested in how digital game-based learning (DGBL) often evokes empathy from learners to the point that these learners become advocates for improvement. For this reason, she developed a prototype of a game-for-change to teach about the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child treaty to begin the process of systemic change to afford all children basic human rights, currently being developed into a first-person Unity game. Ensmann has organized travel abroad to rebuild homes, care for orphans, and lead UT students to collaborate and produce games to improve learning for children in Haiti. Within the U.S., Ensmann has run marathons to raise money for cancer research. To support her interest and experience on the correlation of increased physical activities with educational gains and performance, she incorporated wearable technologies into her curricula to personalize data collection for students while having them get-fit-to-persist.
In collaboration with colleagues, Ensmann was awarded the Research Innovation and Scholarly Excellence (RISE) grant for Digital/Audio Interactives to Improve Learning in a Developing Country for the 2019-2020 year to fulfill her PBL ID research with DGBL in Haiti.
Ensmann was also awarded special project funding by the Department of Education in:
- Fall 2019 for Measuring the Affective Domain with a Facial Expression Reader to analyze the emotions evoked during gameplay designed in the Introduction to Instructional Games course.
- Spring 2019 for Developing Graduate Students into Published Scholars to support students to publish ID research completed during their Inquiry and Measurement course.
- Fall 2018 for Inspiring Inquiry and Measurement with Wearable Devices to acquire FitBits for her students to experience data collection and research competencies through personal applications.