Meet the Team

IDEA Shop staff members.

L to R: Leslie Madsen, Lana Grover, Grace Lazenby, Devshikha Bose, Kevin S. Wilson, Brian Martin, Bob Casper, IDEA Shop; David Ficks and Tara Garza, Testing Center.

Staff of Instructional Design and Educational Assessment

NOTE: Each of the instructional design consultants listed below has been assigned to a number of academic departments and administrative offices of each college, so that each department and administrative office has a single point-of-contact at the IDEA Shop. See this table of assignments to find the consultant assigned to your department.

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    Devshikha Bose, Ph.D.

    Instructional Design Consultant

    Ask me about . . .

    • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)
    • Teaching and Learning Strategies
    • Course Design Strategies
    • Assessment

    I earned my Ph.D. in Instructional Design from Idaho State University. My background includes Masters degrees in Secondary Education and English. Before joining the team at Instructional Design and Academic Assessment (IDEA shop), I worked as an Instructional Designer at Brenau University, GA. Some of my research interests include faculty professional development, e-portfolios, and mobile learning tools and strategies.

    As an Instructional Design Consultant, I support faculty members to realize their teaching and learning goals by helping them align course objectives to content, activities, assessments, and technology tools, leading to the achievement of maximum student learning outcomes. Also, I work with faculty to conduct research studies to enhance their SoTL.

    On a personal note, I am a certified holistic health coach, and am interested in minimalism, healthy organic living, recycling, environmental conservation, and pilates.

    Ask me about . . .

    • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)
    • Teaching and Learning Strategies
    • Course Design Strategies
    • Assessment

    I earned my Ph.D. in Instructional Design from Idaho State University. My background includes Masters degrees in Secondary Education and English. Before joining the team at Instructional Design and Academic Assessment (IDEA shop), I worked as an Instructional Designer at Brenau University, GA. Some of my research interests include faculty professional development, e-portfolios, and mobile learning tools and strategies.

    As an Instructional Design Consultant, I support faculty members to realize their teaching and learning goals by helping them align course objectives to content, activities, assessments, and technology tools, leading to the achievement of maximum student learning outcomes. Also, I work with faculty to conduct research studies to enhance their SoTL.

    On a personal note, I am a certified holistic health coach, and am interested in minimalism, healthy organic living, recycling, environmental conservation, and pilates.

  • Steve Breshears

    Technical Support Specialist

    Steve joined Instructional Design and Educational Assessment in 2001, having previously worked as a Customer Support Representative for Micron PC in Nampa, a Broadcast Engineer at KABC-TV in Los Angeles, and an Aerospace Engineer at The Boeing Company in Seattle. For the IDEA Shop, he provides staff support for desktop- and mobile-based software applications, hardware configurations, and system analysis, as well as assistance and solutions for integration between desktop and university-specific applications. In short, he keeps the networks running, the Magic Smoke© inside the boxes where it belongs, and the IDEA Shop pixel-pushers happy.

    Steve holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Idaho and is a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer. His personal interests include video production for his church, web-site design, photography, and graphic arts.

    Steve joined Instructional Design and Educational Assessment in 2001, having previously worked as a Customer Support Representative for Micron PC in Nampa, a Broadcast Engineer at KABC-TV in Los Angeles, and an Aerospace Engineer at The Boeing Company in Seattle. For the IDEA Shop, he provides staff support for desktop- and mobile-based software applications, hardware configurations, and system analysis, as well as assistance and solutions for integration between desktop and university-specific applications. In short, he keeps the networks running, the Magic Smoke© inside the boxes where it belongs, and the IDEA Shop pixel-pushers happy.

    Steve holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Idaho and is a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer. His personal interests include video production for his church, web-site design, photography, and graphic arts.

  • Bob Casper

    Bob Casper

    Instructional Design Consultant

    Ask me about . . .

    • Open Educational Resources (OER)
    • Implementing Rubrics
    • Hybrid Course Design
    • Accessibility, Mobile Learning, and Video in teaching and learning

    Bob Casper has been at Boise State for over a decade, now serving in the  Instructional Design and Educational Assessment (IDEA Shop) as an Instructional Design Consultant. While mainly focusing on OER (Open Educational Resources), he also assists in Mobile Learning Technologies and Accessibility/Universal Design for Learning. He co-serves as one of two Instructional Designers assigned to the English Department, as well as, principle consultant to the Communications Department and the University Foundational Studies Program. In addition, Bob has taught the upper division Web-Design course for the Communications Departmentand currently teaches the Multimedia Storytelling course. He has also led instruction as a Discussion Group Leader over several semesters of the Science Fiction-themed UF100 course previously offered by University Foundations. A graduate of OPWL (Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning), his master’s degree in Instructional and Performance Technology focused on online learning, instructional design, and aspects of universal design for learning.

    Some of Bob’s achievements include a comprehensive accessibility audit for the online RN-BS Completion program in the Nursing Department, as well as, student and instructor training guides for Service Learning’s Peer Recruitment Program. Before coming to Boise State University, Bob’s previous experiences consist of research, creative, and business roles in the computer industry (DELL and HP) and the film/TV industry (Disney and Warner Bros. – among others). He received his undergraduate degree from California State University–Northridge in Radio/TV-Film, with an emphasis in Multimedia Management.

    His personal interests include spending time with the ones he loves, as a coach for his daughter’s soccer team to guided fishing tours with his father. When at home he can be found grilling or gardening with his wife, daughter and their extended family. Ask anyone who knows and they will tell you that a description of Bob would not be complete without mentioning his enthusiasm for film and all things Disney.

    Ask me about . . .

    • Open Educational Resources (OER)
    • Implementing Rubrics
    • Hybrid Course Design
    • Accessibility, Mobile Learning, and Video in teaching and learning

    Bob Casper has been at Boise State for over a decade, now serving in the  Instructional Design and Educational Assessment (IDEA Shop) as an Instructional Design Consultant. While mainly focusing on OER (Open Educational Resources), he also assists in Mobile Learning Technologies and Accessibility/Universal Design for Learning. He co-serves as one of two Instructional Designers assigned to the English Department, as well as, principle consultant to the Communications Department and the University Foundational Studies Program. In addition, Bob has taught the upper division Web-Design course for the Communications Departmentand currently teaches the Multimedia Storytelling course. He has also led instruction as a Discussion Group Leader over several semesters of the Science Fiction-themed UF100 course previously offered by University Foundations. A graduate of OPWL (Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning), his master’s degree in Instructional and Performance Technology focused on online learning, instructional design, and aspects of universal design for learning.

    Some of Bob’s achievements include a comprehensive accessibility audit for the online RN-BS Completion program in the Nursing Department, as well as, student and instructor training guides for Service Learning’s Peer Recruitment Program. Before coming to Boise State University, Bob’s previous experiences consist of research, creative, and business roles in the computer industry (DELL and HP) and the film/TV industry (Disney and Warner Bros. – among others). He received his undergraduate degree from California State University–Northridge in Radio/TV-Film, with an emphasis in Multimedia Management.

    His personal interests include spending time with the ones he loves, as a coach for his daughter’s soccer team to guided fishing tours with his father. When at home he can be found grilling or gardening with his wife, daughter and their extended family. Ask anyone who knows and they will tell you that a description of Bob would not be complete without mentioning his enthusiasm for film and all things Disney.

  • Lana Grover

    Lana Grover

    Senior Instructional Designer and Mobile Learning Specialist

    Ask me about . . .

    • pairing pedagogy and best practices with emerging technologies
    • thoughtful mobile learning integration strategies
    • mapping a strategic plan for immediate and long-term technology integration

    As the Mobile Learning Specialist, I work with faculty in the development, implementation, and evaluation of courses, using best practices and emerging technologies to improve the quality and effectiveness of a learner-centered environment. My position supports specific academic programs in the exploration and development of mobile-specific strategies throughout the program curriculum.

    In addition to one-on-one faculty development consultations, I manage and support the following mobile learning programs: MLearning Scholars 1.0 and 2.0 (Cohort Groups), MPrograms (Department Wide), Mobile Learning Summer Institute (Multi-Day Conference), Mobile User Groups (Campus Community) and the Mobile Device Checkout Program (Campus Wide). My position also involves faculty training, workshop creation and facilitation, marketing and multimedia asset creation, and social media communication.

    I am a proud graduate of the Boise State Master in Educational Technology program and have enjoyed an accomplished career as a creative director and graphic design instructor. In my free time you’ll find me outdoors, competing in a triathlon, creating art or playing with my dog.

    Ask me about . . .

    • pairing pedagogy and best practices with emerging technologies
    • thoughtful mobile learning integration strategies
    • mapping a strategic plan for immediate and long-term technology integration

    As the Mobile Learning Specialist, I work with faculty in the development, implementation, and evaluation of courses, using best practices and emerging technologies to improve the quality and effectiveness of a learner-centered environment. My position supports specific academic programs in the exploration and development of mobile-specific strategies throughout the program curriculum.

    In addition to one-on-one faculty development consultations, I manage and support the following mobile learning programs: MLearning Scholars 1.0 and 2.0 (Cohort Groups), MPrograms (Department Wide), Mobile Learning Summer Institute (Multi-Day Conference), Mobile User Groups (Campus Community) and the Mobile Device Checkout Program (Campus Wide). My position also involves faculty training, workshop creation and facilitation, marketing and multimedia asset creation, and social media communication.

    I am a proud graduate of the Boise State Master in Educational Technology program and have enjoyed an accomplished career as a creative director and graphic design instructor. In my free time you’ll find me outdoors, competing in a triathlon, creating art or playing with my dog.

  • Brian Martin

    Brian Martin

    Instructional Design Consultant

    Ask me about . . .

    • Creating video for your students
    • Integrating emerging educational technologies into your classroom
    • Making learning materials accessible for your students

    Brian joined Instructional Design and Educational Assessment in March 2014 after a 6-year stint as an Instructional Designer at University of Phoenix, where he developed engaging learning experiences for students and staff. Brian’s areas of academic interest include mobile learning, flipped and hybrid classrooms, virtual and augmented reality, e-Portfolios, and video production. He’ll work closely with you to come up with innovative solutions to meet your academic needs.

    Brian earned his Bachelors degree in Graphic Communications from Clemson University and his Masters degree in Instructional Design and Technology from California State University-Chico. His journeys in life have taken him to some interesting places, from educating kids about animals at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago to educating prison staff about rehabilitation programs for inmates at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. When he’s not writing about himself in the third person, Brian likes to go camping with his wife, hit up all of the National Parks, bike along the back country roads of Boise, run his skinny legs off, practice playing the banjo (badly), grow vegetables in his backyard garden, and work on silly art and video projects with his kids.

    Ask me about . . .

    • Creating video for your students
    • Integrating emerging educational technologies into your classroom
    • Making learning materials accessible for your students

    Brian joined Instructional Design and Educational Assessment in March 2014 after a 6-year stint as an Instructional Designer at University of Phoenix, where he developed engaging learning experiences for students and staff. Brian’s areas of academic interest include mobile learning, flipped and hybrid classrooms, virtual and augmented reality, e-Portfolios, and video production. He’ll work closely with you to come up with innovative solutions to meet your academic needs.

    Brian earned his Bachelors degree in Graphic Communications from Clemson University and his Masters degree in Instructional Design and Technology from California State University-Chico. His journeys in life have taken him to some interesting places, from educating kids about animals at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago to educating prison staff about rehabilitation programs for inmates at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. When he’s not writing about himself in the third person, Brian likes to go camping with his wife, hit up all of the National Parks, bike along the back country roads of Boise, run his skinny legs off, practice playing the banjo (badly), grow vegetables in his backyard garden, and work on silly art and video projects with his kids.

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    Grace Lazenby

    Administrative Assistant II

    Ask me about . . .

    • Travel Planning
    • Event Coordination
    • Purchasing
    • Office Management

    Grace began supporting the IDEA Shop, Center for Teaching and Learning, and Service-Learning Program in 2014, after transferring from her position as an assistant to the director of the Student Union. With more than 25 years of experience managing business offices, Grace enjoys using her skills in event coordination, travel planning, accounts payable, purchasing, and HR support to assist managers in maximizing the use of their time.

    Before coming to Boise State, Grace worked with a variety of organizations including the Ada County Assessor’s Office, Deseret Industries Field Group, DisAbility Rights Idaho, in retail management, and as a licensed Realtor. Additionally, Grace was a foster parent to more than 45 children, many of whom she maintains contact with still today.

    Outside of work, Grace enjoys spending time enjoying nature, spur of the moment road trips, and enjoying Boise State football with family and friends. She also enjoys community service, sewing, gardening, and reading.

    Ask me about . . .

    • Travel Planning
    • Event Coordination
    • Purchasing
    • Office Management

    Grace began supporting the IDEA Shop, Center for Teaching and Learning, and Service-Learning Program in 2014, after transferring from her position as an assistant to the director of the Student Union. With more than 25 years of experience managing business offices, Grace enjoys using her skills in event coordination, travel planning, accounts payable, purchasing, and HR support to assist managers in maximizing the use of their time.

    Before coming to Boise State, Grace worked with a variety of organizations including the Ada County Assessor’s Office, Deseret Industries Field Group, DisAbility Rights Idaho, in retail management, and as a licensed Realtor. Additionally, Grace was a foster parent to more than 45 children, many of whom she maintains contact with still today.

    Outside of work, Grace enjoys spending time enjoying nature, spur of the moment road trips, and enjoying Boise State football with family and friends. She also enjoys community service, sewing, gardening, and reading.

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    Leslie Madsen

    IDEA Shop Director and Associate Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning

    Ask me about . . . 

    • Designing Inclusive Curriculum and Activities
    • Authentic Assessment
    • Group Work (Especially Multimedia Projects)
    • Maker Projects

    In 2015 Dr. Leslie Madsen became the IDEA Shop Director and Associate Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning. In 2010 she joined the Department of History at Boise State University as an Assistant Professor. She came to Boise State with a broad background, including work in American, museum, and technocultural studies, culminating with a Ph.D. in Cultural Studies from the University of California, Davis.

    Her designated emphasis for her doctoral studies was Feminist Theory, and her dissertation concerned the role of women scientists in American natural history institutions from 1880-1950.

    Dr. Madsen has also made several presentations on the role of social media in American culture.

    To read more about Dr. Madsen, her work, or her research, please visit her Scholarworks page or Academia page.

    Ask me about . . . 

    • Designing Inclusive Curriculum and Activities
    • Authentic Assessment
    • Group Work (Especially Multimedia Projects)
    • Maker Projects

    In 2015 Dr. Leslie Madsen became the IDEA Shop Director and Associate Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning. In 2010 she joined the Department of History at Boise State University as an Assistant Professor. She came to Boise State with a broad background, including work in American, museum, and technocultural studies, culminating with a Ph.D. in Cultural Studies from the University of California, Davis.

    Her designated emphasis for her doctoral studies was Feminist Theory, and her dissertation concerned the role of women scientists in American natural history institutions from 1880-1950.

    Dr. Madsen has also made several presentations on the role of social media in American culture.

    To read more about Dr. Madsen, her work, or her research, please visit her Scholarworks page or Academia page.

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    Kevin S. Wilson

    Instructional Design Consultant

    Ask me about . . .

    • Accessibility and Universal Design for Learning
    • Blended Courses
    • Online Teaching and Learning
    • Flipping the Classroom
    • Blackboard Tips, Tricks, and Strategies

    I hold a B.A. in English with a Writing Emphasis from Boise State and an M.A. in English from the University of New Hampshire. For many years I was an adjunct faculty member in the Boise State English Department, teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in technical communication both online and face-to-face. I began working for the IDEA Shop in 1998 and have held a few job titles, including technical communicator, information design specialist, and, currently, instructional design consultant. Before coming to Boise State, I spent 11 years running a one-person editorial consulting company, providing writing and editing services and workshops on writing and editing for clients in business, industry, and government.

    When I’m not pushing pixels, I spend my time following local politics, learning to play the ukulele, watching cheesy B-movies, and cooking–especially cooking barbecue and grilling pretty much anything on my Kamado ceramic grills. I am a successfully unpublished novelist and, with my brother-in-law, the holder of a patent for a self-recovery device for snowmobiles.

    Ask me about . . .

    • Accessibility and Universal Design for Learning
    • Blended Courses
    • Online Teaching and Learning
    • Flipping the Classroom
    • Blackboard Tips, Tricks, and Strategies

    I hold a B.A. in English with a Writing Emphasis from Boise State and an M.A. in English from the University of New Hampshire. For many years I was an adjunct faculty member in the Boise State English Department, teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in technical communication both online and face-to-face. I began working for the IDEA Shop in 1998 and have held a few job titles, including technical communicator, information design specialist, and, currently, instructional design consultant. Before coming to Boise State, I spent 11 years running a one-person editorial consulting company, providing writing and editing services and workshops on writing and editing for clients in business, industry, and government.

    When I’m not pushing pixels, I spend my time following local politics, learning to play the ukulele, watching cheesy B-movies, and cooking–especially cooking barbecue and grilling pretty much anything on my Kamado ceramic grills. I am a successfully unpublished novelist and, with my brother-in-law, the holder of a patent for a self-recovery device for snowmobiles.