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Marj TerpstraMarj Terpstra

Assistant Professor
(616) 526-6190
307 Spoelhof Center

Weekly Schedule
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Educational Background

  • M.A., Grand Valley State University, 2005
  • Ph.D., Michigan State University, 2009

Research Interests

  • Learning to teach with technology
  • Spiritual development within school contexts


Publications, Presentations, and Professional Services

  • TPACKtivity: An activity theory framework for examining TPACK development, in C. Angeli & N. Valanides (Eds.) Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge: Exploring, Developing, and Assessing TPCK. New York: Springer, (2015). Peer reviewed.
  • My colleague, Ron Sjoerdsma, and I worked with two computer science majors to develop an interface for reflecting on teaching videos. The two computer science students, Paul Martin and Segun Oy, developed the Sight Stream interface as a project for their IS 337 course. We continue to provide feedback as our students work in the interface.
  • "Toward Flourishing: Employing the tools of Common Core, Essential Questions, and Technology," Valley Christian Schools Professional Development, K-12 Teacher Development Workshop. Valley Christian Schools, Bellflower, California. 10/07/2013
  • "Comparing past and present technologies: How do we determine which to use when?" Michigan Association of Non-public Schools. Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, Grand Rapids, Michigan. 10/18/2012
  • Faculty mentor (along with Mary Jo Louters) for the Education student group, Society for Professional Educators at Calvin (SPEC)
  • Terpstra, M. & Sevensma, K. (2012-2013). Christian Higher Education Online. Co-led a Calvin Center for Christian Scholarship working group comprised of interdisciplinary faculty & staff considering the intersection of Christian Higher Education & Online Education.
  • Rosaen, C. L., Lundeberg, M., Cooper, M., Fritzen, A. & Terpstra, M. (in press for 2010). Interns' use of video cases to problematize their practice: Crash, burn and (maybe) learn. Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, 18(1).
  • Rosaen, C. L., Lundeberg, M., Terpstra, M., Cooper, M., Niu, R., Fu, J. ( 2010). Constructing video cases to help novices learn to facilitate discussions in science and English: How does subject matter matter? Teachers and Teaching: theory and practice, 16(4), 507-524. DOI:
  • Rosaen, C. L., Lundeberg, M., Terpstra, M., Cooper, M., Fu, J., & Niu, R. (2010). Seeing through a different lens: What do interns learn when they make video cases of their own teaching? The Teacher Educator 45(1), 1-22.  DOI10.1080/08878730903386849
  •  Rosaen, C. L., Lundeberg, M. & Terpstra, M. (2010). The case for constructing video cases: Promoting complex, specific, learner-centered analysis of discussion. Educational Technology Magazine, January/February, 50(1), 18-22.
  • Internal Grant: Calvin College, Title II Professional Development Grant, "New Literacies"
  • Served as a Calvin College representative (along with Bob Keeley) to the Consortium for Outstanding Achievement in Teaching with Technology.
  • As part of the Michigan State University (MSU) Grand Rapids Public School (GRPS) Institute for Learning (IFL) evaluation team I observed literacy coach consultations with teachers, observed classroom implementation of lessons, conducted interviews with administrators, coaches, teachers, and students and reported those findings to the team. As a team we compiled a report for GRPS detailing the implementation of IFL's training.

Literacy Research Association

Christian Educators Association

Calvin College Literacy Conference

West Michigan Christian Teachers Association