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Crystal Gasell

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Crystal Gasell is a longtime advocate for a balanced approach to instructional design, where technology seamlessly complements and amplifies effective teaching methods. With over 20 years in education, she is an expert in online and hybrid teaching and is the go-to resource for all things tech-infused.


Crystal earned her bachelor’s degree in English Education from Florida State University and her master’s and doctorate in Educational Technology from Boise State University.

Professional Background

Crystal is the Director of Academic Technology and Training at the University of Colorado Denver. Crystal and her team support teaching and learning with technology and promote best practices for teaching through a balance of technology and pedagogy. Previously, Crystal has worked as the IT Program Manager for Academic Technology Applications and Design, IT Program Manager for Data Integrations and Architecture, and as an Academic Technology Coordinator. Her experience bridging the gap between academics and IT allows her to collaborate and communicate effectively with all constituents at the university.

Crystal began her career as a middle school English teacher. In 2006, Crystal was awarded Beginning English Teacher of Year by the National Council for Teachers of English. She has cherished memories teaching middle school, but enjoys the challenges of higher education.

Motivation for Teaching

Crystal has always been a teacher by trade and she loves making new connections and helping others succeed. She is particularly fond of helping K12 teachers transition to careers in instructional design and related fields.

Helping Students Be Successful

Crystal likes to share her real-world experiences and incorporate the newest trends into the weekly discussions. She works hard to craft meaningful connections and learning opportunities that resonate with her students. Crystal is available via email or office hours and is always up for connecting with local students in person.