By David Simpson
Chrystal Trapani of Old Dominion University has been recognized by educational technology company Instructure as Educator of the Year for 2022.
Trapani is an Adjunct Professor of English, an Instructional Technology Specialist at the Center for Learning and Teaching, and a PhD student in the Instructional Design and Technology program. She was one of six recipients of the Instructure Award.
“When I was nominated for the award, I didn’t really think I would win,” Trapani said. “There are so many exceptionally talented and innovative educators across North America. I was excited and flattered. I’m proud to have been able to represent ODU in this way, especially as we transition to Canvas.”
The awards recognize “outstanding educators across North America who are striving to embrace remote learning, prepare students for the job market, and support student achievement and achievement in a changing educational landscape” , according to a press release from Instructure. The company is the developer of Canvas, a web-based learning management system adopted last fall by ODU.
Trapani was honored for her work as an auxiliary. Excerpt from the announcement: “Chrystal works with students from all walks of life, including first-generation students, veterans, and students with disabilities. She works tirelessly to ensure that all of her course content exceeds industry standards. approachability, carefully scaffolding each major task into small goals that she knows will work best for her students’ needs.
“For example, she spent weeks creating a Pac Man-like interactive activity, in her Visual Argument module, where students work through the module to learn course material while escaping ghosts. Plus, she knows that students do their best when they examine their passions, so it compels them to work on projects that will advance their area of specialization or career in all of their work.”
Trapani holds a Bachelor of Arts in Literature and Language Arts (Secondary Education) from Christopher Newport University and a Master of Arts in Literature from ODU.