Jessica Shabatura

Jessica Shabatura

Quality Matters
Certified Peer Reviewer

Instructional Designer and Visual Lead

Phone: 479.575.3543
Email: jshabatu@uark.edu
GLBL 306


Education

  • Master of Education in Educational Technology, 2013, University of Arkansas
  • Bachelor of Science in Research Horticulture, 1997, University of Arkansas

Working with...

  • All colleges on visual and media design

About me, in my words

I come from a long line of educators on both sides of my family tree, so I grew up steeped in conversations about learner engagement and educational theory. Before coming to work for the Global Campus in 2010, I was a graphic designer and Web designer specializing in curriculum development. I am a total foodie, and I enjoy cake decorating, sugarcraft, and artisan chocolate making. When I am not glued to my computer or chasing my kiddo, I can be found exploring the beautiful Ozark hills on foot or bike.


My favorite book is...

“The Four Agreements” By Don Miguel Ruiz. This is a simple little book that provides a template for daily living: 1. Be impeccable with your word, 2. Don't take anything personally, 3. Don't make assumptions, and 4. Always do your best. Integrating these agreements opens new possibilities for happiness and potential. I try to re-read it whenever I feel the need for a course-correction, and it continually offers useful guidance.


The best part about working with faculty is...

their eagerness to engage their students. Most instructors I work with have never experienced distance education from the role of a student, so they are fascinated by how we “translate” the basics of communication, assessment and presentation to an online format. It is very fulfilling to offer guidance as they become outstanding educators in this new medium.


When I walk across the University of Arkansas campus, I am always amazed by...

how students are continually connecting with their mobile devices. This is a dynamic time to be in the field of education, because everyone’s access to knowledge is increasing rapidly. But even though our students seem “tech-savvy” at first glance, I am often surprised that they are lacking fundamental research skills that enable them to harness the power of this expansive knowledge base. Greater access to knowledge will be useless to these students without guidance on how to discern the merit of the information they encounter. As educators, we have a responsibility to go beyond just telling our students how the world works. Effective instructors offer their wisdom to empower their students to research and discover the world for themselves.