Beth (Karen) Marcellas, Ph.D.

Beth (Karen) Marcellas, Ph.D.

Beth Marcellas

Name: Beth (Karen) Marcellas, Ph.D.

Department of Primary Appointment: ETI
Position: USU Staff
Title: Instructional Design Team Lead, Education & Technology Innovation Support Office

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Dr. Marcellas has more than fifteen years of experience in designing instruction for classroom-based, DL and blended learning environments. Her main role at the ETI is ensuring that the team understands faculty members’ needs, and that the team designs and develops products that meet those needs. Her work at the ETI has included front-end analysis, content design, course evaluation, and conducting research on instructional interventions.  She has led professional development sessions at USU on topics including the development of effective learning objectives, the use of Bloom’s Taxonomy to guide assessment, and techniques for creating an effective learning environment. Dr. Marcellas has been involved with many instructional and educational technology initiatives at National Defense University (NDU) as well as USUHS.

Dr. Marcellas has made presentations at numerous national and international conferences, including the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting, multiple conferences offered by the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education, the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation, and Education Conference, the Open Apereo (Sakai) Conference, AAMC, and the Educause Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference.


Ph.D. in English Literature from Princeton University

M.A. in English Literature from the University of Sussex

M.A. in Instructional Systems from Florida State University

B.A. in English and Psychology (double major) from the University of Virginia

Selected Publications and Presentations:

  • Marcellas, K., Kurzweil, D., Henry, B. & Hanson, E. (2015). Designing and Building Effective Assessments: It's not about all about Total Recall. Presentation at Open Apereo 2015 Conference Baltimore, Maryland. Presentation.Marcellas, B., Kurzweil, D., Woodson, J., & Henry, B.  (2014).
  • Bringing Procedural Knowledge Instruction to Life Through Scenario-Based Online Lessons. In Proceedings of the AACE World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education. (p. 217-222). Presentation.
  • Goodie, J. & Kurzweil, D. & Marcellas, B. (2012). Fostering Collaboration Between Faculty and Instructional Design/Technology Specialists to Advance Student Learning. Educause Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference. Baltimore, Maryland. Presentation.
  • Kurzweil, D., Marcellas, K., Lopreiato, J., & Woodson, J. (2012). Planning Low Bandwidth Assessments
  • That Support Curriculum Competencies. The Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation & Education Conference (I/ITSEC). Orlando, Florida.  Paper and Presentation.
  • Woodson, J., Schwartz, J., Kurzweil, D., & Marcellas, K. (2012). T3 Pursuit: Triage, Transport, & Track Combat Health Support Board Game. The Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation & Education Conference (I/ITSEC). Orlando, Florida. Paper and Presentation.
  • Woodson, J., Kurzweil, D. & Marcellas, K. (2011). Operation Lost Paradise: A Low‐cost Classroom Simulation for Medical Stability Operations in Medical Education. The Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation, and Education Conference (I/ITSEC). Orlando, Florida. Paper and Presentation. 
  • Goodie J.L., Williams P.M., Kurzweil D., & Marcellas K.B. (2011). Can Blended Classroom and Distributed Learning Approaches Be Used to Teach Medical Students How to Initiate Behavior Change Counseling During a Clinical Clerkship? Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings. (4) 353‐60. Paper. 
  • Kurzweil, D.; Marcellas, B.; Miller, M. and Piller, M. (2006). American Educational Research Association. “Analysis of Participation in a Voluntary, Faculty-Led Online Book Discussion Group for Alumni.” Paper and presentation.