Doug Holton

Director of Teaching and Learning

Office Location

Innovation, Science, and Technology Building, 4700 Research Way, Room 2019, Lakeland, FL 33805


Ph.D. in Teaching and Learning, Vanderbilt University, 2006
M.S. in Cognitive Psychology, Vanderbilt University, 2001
B.S. in Applied Psychology, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1995


Social Media Accounts/Websites*

Research Gate





Dr. Doug Holton has been Director of Teaching and Learning at Florida Poly since April 2019. He is also an instructor for Academic and Professional Skills. Holton provides support for teaching and learning at Florida Poly to help achieve the university’s mission and vision of excellence in education and producing highly desirable graduates. His services include support for faculty teaching, student success, STEM education research, educational technologies, and academic innovation.

He previously was a faculty developer at Valencia College and associate director of the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence and Director of Digital Learning at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Prior to that, he was an assistant professor at Utah State University in the Department of Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences.



  • Instructional technology
  • Learning sciences
  • STEM education research
  • Faculty development
  • Student success


Professional Activities

  • Member, American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE), 2008-current
  • Member, Professional and Organizational Development Network (POD), 2011-current
  • Member. Online Learning Consortium (OLC), 2017-present


Awards and Honors

  • Staff of the Year, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, 2017


Selected Publications

  • Kessler, G.C., Dardick, G.S., & Holton, D.L. (2017). Using Journals to Assess Non-STEM Student Learning in STEM Courses: A Case Study in Cybersecurity Education. Proceedings of the 50th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences.
  • Holton, D.L., Mahmood, H., & Cunningham, K. (2017). Translating Midterm Student Feedback into Improved Student Evaluations and Learning. Sunshine State Teaching and Learning Conference. St. Petersburg, FL.
  • Tang, Y., & Holton, D.L. (2015). Implementation of Deliberate Practice in Dynamics Instruction to Reinforce a Systematic Problem Solving Approach. ASEE – Southeast. Gainesville, FL.
  • Liu, H., Ludu, M., & Holton, D.L. (2015). Can K-12 math teachers train students to make valid logical reasoning? In X. Ge, D. Ifenthaler, & J.M. Spector (Eds.), Emerging Technologies for STEAM Education. Springer.
  • Holton, D.L., Mahmood, H., & Cunningham, K. (2015). Midterm Student Feedback: Reflecting on lessons learned and best practices. POD Network Annual Conference. San Francisco, CA.
  • Lawanto, O., Holton, D.L., & Schreuders, P. (2011). Promoting Metacognitive Knowledge and Shared Note-Taking to Learn Electric Circuit Concepts through Enhanced Guide Notes. ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference. Rapid City, IA.
  • Holton, D.L. (2010). How people learn with computer simulations. In H. Song & T.T. Kidd (Eds.), Handbook of Research on Human Performance and Instructional Technology. IGI Global.
  • Holton, D.L. & Verma, A. (2010). Designing animated simulations and web-based assessments to improve engineering education. In A.K. Haghi & D.L. Russell (Eds.), Web-Based Engineering Education: Critical Design and Effective Tools. IGI Global.
  • Holton, D.L., & Verma, A. (2009). Using the AC/DC circuits concept inventory to inform the design of a circuit simulation and instructional strategy. ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference. San Antonio, TX.
  • Holton, D.L., Verma, A., & Biswas, G. (2008). Assessing student difficulties in understanding the behavior of AC and DC circuits. Proceedings of the 2008 ASEE Annual Conference. Pittsburgh, PA.

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