Chris Woodruff, OD, MS, MBA

Optometric Educator

About Me

I am an optometrist, educator, tech enthusiast, and software developer. I had an appointment as a professor of clinical optometry at Ohio State University from 2014 to 2021. Prior to that I taught (for 20 years) in the College of Optometry at Nova Southeastern University in Davie, Florida. Currently I work part time for Boston University as a course facilitator for graduate computer science courses and work as an independent web developer. I received Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Optometry degrees from Ohio State University and an MBA from Nova Southeastern University. I completed the Master of Science degree program in Software Development at Boston University. I am seeking an opportunity to combine my interests and skills in optometric education (especially optics education), analytical skills (examining student preparation for NBEO exams), and technical skills (web based resource creation and examsoft administration). My goal is to help optometric programs increase board exam performance (especially first time performance).

At Ohio State I taught a Clinical Optics course to second year students. I implemented the examsoft testing program for the college and served as the administrator for computerized testing (using the ExamSoft Examplify platform). My professional interests include the use of technology in higher education and I have been involved in exploring the impact of educational technology on optometric education for nearly 20 years.

Teaching Philosophy

I have spent the past 27 years learning the art of teaching with a philosophy of continuous improvement. Even though I had twenty years of fulltime experience in Optometric Education when I arrived at Ohio State, I completed 3 teaching programs during my first 4 years on campus. I completed the Course Design Institute (an intensive 40 hour program), the Teaching Enhancement Program, a one year program involving SOTL (Scholarship of Teaching & Learning), and a program entitled Teaching at Ohio State which included three modules (course design, teaching improvement, and metacognition). My first year at Ohio State I volunteered to participate in a pilot study to determine whether or not the University would adopt a new LMS (learning management system). I was also a member of an advisory committee to determine if the Universiy should adopt the ExamSoft computerized testing platform.

I have also been focused on helping students develop and refine problem solving and critcal thinking skills through classroom, laboratory, and clinical instruction. I have been able to sucessfully demonstrate the relationship between application and critical thinking and national board performance. I believe that through proper course design and implementation students can be taught these important skills. I believe that all optometry students are capable of first time board success with the right guidance and preparation.