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Dr. Holly Bender is dedicated to the improvement of higher education through scholarly research and software development by bringing together teams of experts from a wide range of disciplines to leverage talents, disciplinary skills and research based practices. She led the research group that originally designed, developed, and implemented a cognitive tool named the Diagnostic Pathfinder. The Pathfinder has been used in 25 veterinary schools in the US, Canada, Australia, South America and Europe. Now as associate director of CELT, she leads a faculty learning community that collaborated with talented developers to re-engineer and expand the Diagnostic Pathfinder into a set of open source problem-solving tools called ThinkSpace it’s sister program, OpenTBL. Both programs enable faculty in a wide range of disciplines to create complex, realistic problems for their students and support team based learning exercises, critical thinking and active learning. Faculty Learning Community members come from disciplines including dietetics, food science, veterinary medicine, animal science, human development, geology, education, physics, English, world languages, statistics, planning, journalism, graduate student and faculty development, and engineering. She partners with a faculty member to lead the ISU Team Based Learning Faculty Learning community to create and exchange research based best practices and scholarship.
Associate Director, Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) 2011-present
Administrative leader of the ISU Team Based Learning Faculty Learning Community with faculty co-leader Lisa Orgler 2010-2015, Meghan Gillette 2015-2017 and Monica Lamm 2018- present
Faculty Leader of the ThinkSpace/OpenTBL Faculty Learning Community 2011-present
Member of the National Leadership team for the Center for Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL) 2012-2016
Co-Chair (with Dr. Elena Cotos) of the Taskforce to establish the ISU Center for Communication Excellence 2012
Dorneich, M.C., Bickelhaupt, S., Dorius, C., Artz, G., Bender, H., Bestler, L., Caissie, B., Gahn, S., Jacobs, K., Lamm, M.H., Orgler, L., Rongerude, J., Smiley-Oyen, A., & Stone, R.T. (2015). "Measuring the Effectiveness of Team-Based Learning Outcomes in a Human Factors Course," Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting. Los Angeles, CA, 26-30 October.
Danielson, JA, Preast,VA, Bender, HS, Hassall, L (2014). Is the effectiveness of lecture capture related to teaching approach or content type? Computers & Education 72, 121–131.
Dzikamunhenga RS, Wilberts B, Yaeger M, Burrough E, Hostetter J, Bender HS, Larson W, and R. Griffith RW (2013) Safety Evaluation of Lasalocid Use in Chinese Ring-Necked Pheasants (Phasianus colchicus). Avian Diseases: June 2013, Vol. 57, No. 2, pp. 188-191.
Bender HS, Danielson, JA. A Novel Educational Tool for Teaching Diagnostic Reasoning and Laboratory Data Interpretation to Veterinary (and Medical) Students. Clinics in Laboratory Medicine. 2011 Mar; 31(1): 201-215.
Sponseller BA, Strait E, Jergens A, Trujillo J, Harmon K, Koster L, Jenkins-Moore M, Killian M, Swenson S, Bender HS, Waller K, Miles K, Pearce T, Yoon KJ, and Nara P. Influenza A pandemic (H1N1) 2009 virus infection in domestic cat. Emerg Infect Dis. 2010 Mar; 16(3):534-7.
Danielson, JA, Mills, EM, Vermeer, PJ, and Bender, HS (2008). The Diagnostic Pathfinder: Ten years of using technology to teach diagnostic problem solving In F. Columbus (Ed.), Educational Technology Research Advances: Nova Science Publishers
Danielson JA, Fales-Williams AJ, Sorden SD, Myers RK, Bender HS, Mills EM. Peer Assessment of a Final-Year Capstone Experience for Formative Evaluation of a Pathology Curriculum. J Vet Med Educ, September 2008; 35: 466 - 474.
Danielson J.A., Mills, E.M, Vermeer, P.J., Preast, V.A., Young, K.M., Christopher, M.M., George, J.W., Wood, D.R. and Bender, H.S. Characteristics of a Cognitive Tool that Helps Students Learn Diagnostic Problem Solving. Educational Technology Research and Development 55, 499-520, 2007.
A Fales-Williams, JA Danielson, R Myers, S Sorden, HS Bender. The Case Correlation Assignment: Connecting Antemortem and Postmortem Data in the Senior Year at Iowa State University. J Vet Med Educ, Spring 2007; 34: 183 - 193.
Bender, H.S., Young, K. M., Danielson, J. A., Mills, E.M., Vermeer, P.J., Development and Implementation of the Diagnostic Pathfinder, A Mind Tool Used to Teach Clinical Pathology. Conference Proceedings of the Association of American Medical Colleges Central Group on Educational Affairs. University of Wisconsin Medical School, Madison, Wisconsin, April 8, 2005.
Tool Used to Teach Clinical Pathology. Conference Proceedings of the Association of American Medical Colleges Central Group on Educational Affairs. University of Wisconsin Medical School, Madison, Wisconsin, April 8, 2005.
Danielson JA, Bender HS, Mills EM, Vermeer PJ, Preast VA: Helping Learners Gain Diagnostic Problem Solving Skills: Specific Aspects of the Diagnostic Pathfinder Software Tied to Learning Outcomes. Association for Educational Communications and Technology, 2004.
HS Bender, KM Young, JW George, MM Christopher, JA Danielson, PJ Vermeer, EM Mills, RD Wood, PD Pion, VA Preast, CB Andreasen. Implementation of the Diagnostic Pathfinder, an Internet-Based Tool to Teach Clinical Pathology in Diverse Educational Settings. Conference Proceedings of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists and the American Society for Veterinary Clinical Pathology 346-359, 2003.
Bender HS, Lockee BB, Danielson JA, Mills EM, Boon GD, Burton JK, Vermeer PJ, Zimmerman KL, Hilmer KM: Mechanism-based diagnostic reasoning: thoughts on teaching introductory clinical pathology. Vet Clin Pathol 29: 77-83, 2000
Zimmerman KL, Bender HS, Boon GD, Prater MR, Thorn CE, Prater D, Robertson JL, Saunders GK, Sponenberg DP, Inzana KD, Lanz OI, Wright E: A comparison of the cytologic and histologic features of meningiomas in four dogs. Vet Clin Pathol 29: 29-34, 2000