Gavin Leach

Gavin Leach

Academic Expertise: Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world – Nelson Mandela. I love the way this quote embodies the impact that educators have on their students and thus the future as a whole. I’ve had the honor of being an educator, in some capacity, for the last seven years at my beloved alma mater – the University of New Mexico. During this time I have taught in the Communication and Journalism, Organizational Information Learning Sciences (OILS), Innovation Academy, and Anderson School of Management. I’m currently working on my Ph.D. in Instructional Design with an emphasis on Distance Education and Social Media. In addition to education, my passions include faculty development, training and assessment and human resource development. My research interest include Quality Matters and Universal Design, Evidence-Based Teaching Practices and Academic Gamification.

Professional Expertise: In addition to my current career in academia, I have worked in the real estate, marketing, graphic design, consulting and small business ventures arenas. I had the pleasure of working for Pulte Homes (a new home builder) as a sales consultant, marketing specialist, production coordinator and public relation specialist. Additionally, I currently teach Continuing Education courses as a certified educator for the New Mexico Real Estate Commission. My various roles within the marketing discipline include social media development, strategic planning, event coordinator and community liaison. My current passion project is helping to create a new professional curriculum for the construction industry.

Learning outcomes for the upcoming workshop (Virtual Communications – Best Practices) include the following:

  • Best practice for effective communication via online meeting software (Zoom, Skype, Microsoft Teams, etc)
  • Discuss trends in virtual communications to increase participation engagement, participation, and sense of community
  • Discuss and create effective visual aids to increase participation interest and the overall useability of the material/resource shared
  • Share and apply various educational tech tools to add to your online meetings
  • Share evidence-based practices concerning adult education, human resource development, and training/assessment techniques