Tawnya Means

Tawnya Means

Assistant Dean for Educational Innovation and Chief Learning Officer

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Recent Publications

  • Means, T., Starobin, J., & Uran-Linde, K. (2022). The Influence of the Teaching Modality on Belonging. The Impact of a Sense of Belonging in College ( pp. 9). Routledge.  link >
  • Means, T., & Darnell, J. (2017). What do People, Prototyping, Problem Solving, and Play-Doh have in Common? Team-based Learning! American Journal of Management, 17 (2), 4.
  • Darnell, J., Darnell, M., & Means, T. (2017). Resistance is Futile: Using Team Based Learning (TBL) to Teach Change and Create an Idea Champion Collective. American Journal of Management, North American Business Press, 17 (4), 67--69.

Other Publications


  • Kitchens, B., Means, T., & Tan, Y. (2015). Captivate: Building blocks for implementing active learning. Journal of Education for Business, 93 (2), 17.  link >
  • Johnson, D., Means, T., & Khey, D. (2013). A state of flux: Results of a mobile device survey at the University of Florida. Educase Review online.
  • Means, T., Olson, E., & Spooner, J. (2013). Discovering Ways That Don’t Work on the Road to Success.
  • He, W., Zhang, S., Strudler, N., & Means, T. (2012). Integrating a case library with blogs for lesson planning activities. International Journal of Learning Technology, Inderscience Publishers Ltd, 7 (2), 133--153.
  • Johnson, D., Means, T., & Graff, R. (2012). Student Perceptions of Course Management System Tools. Research Bulletin.
  • He, W., Wang, F., Means, T., & Da Xu, L. (2009). Insight into interface design of web-based case-based reasoning retrieval systems. Expert Systems with Applications, Elsevier, 36 (3), 7280--7287.
  • He, W., Xu, Li D, ., Means, T., & Wang, P. (2009). Integrating web 2.0 with the case-based reasoning cycle: A systems approach. Systems Research and Behavioral Science: The Official Journal of the International Federation for Systems Research, Wiley Online Library, 26 (6), 717--728.
  • He, W., Means, T., & Lin, G. (2006). Field experience tracking and management in teacher development programs. International Journal of Technology in Teaching and Learning, 2 (2), 134--147.
  • Means, T., & Wang, F. (2005). Utilizing case-based reasoning principles in technology integration education. Integrated Technologies, Innovative Learning: Insights from the PT3 Program (Vol. II), Citeseer, 78.
  • Wang, F., Means, T., & Wedman, J. (2003). Flying the KITE (knowledge innovation for technology in education) through a case-based reasoning knowledge repository. On the Horizon, MCB UP Ltd.

Book Chapters

  • Grossman, E., & Means, T. (2014). From tablet and stylus to tablet and stylus: an almost 6,000 year revolution in technology for teaching and learning. Annals of Entrepreneurship Education and Pedagogy--2014 ( pp. 44--59). Edward Elgar Publishing.
  • Means, T., Johnson, D., & Graff, R. (2013). Lessons learned from a course management system review at the University of Florida. Learning management systems and instructional design: Best practices in online education ( pp. 55--71). IGI Global.
  • Erdelez, S., & Means, T. (2005). Measuring changes in information sharing among life science researchers. Knowledge Management: Nurturing Culture, Innovation, and Technology ( pp. 29--40). World Scientific.
  • Means, T., He, W., & Lin, G. (2005). Tracking And Managing Field Experiences In A Teacher Development Program. Knowledge Management: Nurturing Culture, Innovation, and Technology ( pp. 561--569). World Scientific.  link >

Conference Proceedings

  • Means, T., Phalin, A., & Starobin, J. (2017). Building a Culture of Community in Online Education Settings: Challenges and Opportunities. E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education ( pp. 203--206).
  • He, W., Means, T., & Lin, G. (2006). Improving Teacher Readiness through Tracking Field Experiences. Society for Information Technology \& Teacher Education International Conference ( pp. 1597--1599).
  • Means, T., & Wang, F. (2004). Using a case library to enhance learning in a graduate level education course on technology integration. Society for Information Technology \& Teacher Education International Conference ( pp. 1283--1285).
  • Moore, J., Means, T., & Kim, B. (2004). Applying case-based reasoning principles within a technology integration learning environment. Society for Information Technology \& Teacher Education International Conference ( pp. 3533--3538).
  • Wang, F., & Means, T. (2004). Learning by Storytelling-How to Use Stories for Technology Integration Education. Society for Information Technology \& Teacher Education International Conference ( pp. 3777--3779).
  • He, W., Wang, F., Strobel, J., Shyu, C., Harnsomburan, J., Hsieh, H., Cernusca, D., & Means, T. (2003). Interface support for case retrieval in a Case-Based Reasoning knowledge repository-Knowledge Innovation for Technology in Education (KITE). Society for Information Technology \& Teacher Education International Conference ( pp. 3598--3600).
  • Means, T., & Wang, F. (2003). KITE: a knowledge management approach for sharing technology integration experiences in education communities. E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education ( pp. 2329--2336).
  • Cernusca, D., Wedman, J., Shyu, C., Moore, J., He, W., Harnsomburana, J., Means, T., Hsieh, H., Strobel, J., Wang, F., & others, . (2002). Learning to Integrate Technology in the Classroom: A Case-Based Reasoning Approach. EdMedia+ Innovate Learning ( pp. 1878--1879).

Other Publications

  • Means, T. (2009). Willingness to return to digital learning resources: information environments of students following online course completion. University of Missouri--Columbia.

Technical Reports

  • Means, T., & Darnell, M. (2016). Improving Learning and Increasing Feelings of Connectedness in Active Learning Environments.  link >

Teaching Interests

Dr. Means has an extensive background in teaching in the classroom and in seminars and has imparted knowledge in diverse subject areas. She has taught courses in entrepreneurship, strategy, technology, and leadership in remote teams, bringing a multidisciplinary approach to her instructional practice. Leveraging her expertise in course design, she fosters an engaging and inclusive learning environment that empowers students and promotes their academic growth. She has led seminars in online and blended education and provided many consultations on teaching and technology.

Research Interests

Dr. Tawnya Means' research interests encompass online and blended learning, active learning, learning space design, technology for teaching, access to digital learning resources, and faculty preparation to teach. She actively contributes to the field by exploring innovative approaches to enhance the learning experience through technology and promoting equitable access to educational resources.


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