Certified Peer Reviewer
- Master of Education in Education Technology, 2009, University of Arkansas
- Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, 1997, University of Arkansas
- Bachelor of Arts in English, 1997, University of Arkansas
- Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences
- J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences
About me, in my words
I never really knew what I wanted to be when I grew up because I had so many interests. I started college at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway as a physics major, then moved to psychology, and then ended up getting two bachelor degrees in philosophy and English from the University of Arkansas. I picked up an interest in technology somewhere along the way. I worked as a Web master and designer for the Information Technology Services department for more than eight years before I decided to pursue a master’s degree in educational technology. I’ve been an instructional designer for more than three years, and I enjoy working with faculty to move their courses online. I occasionally teach as an adjunct instructor in the educational technology program which helps me see the situation we’re in from both sides. Also I really enjoy learning new things about different disciplines from the diverse faculty I meet.
My favorite online teaching tool is...
Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing. I like to call it “Skype on a protein shake.” It is a very versatile tool. It has a common whiteboard, application sharing, video, audio, text chat, and more. You can hold virtual office hours, have students give presentations in a virtual group setting, and of course record lectures to keep the school house doors open when the campus is closed and under two feet of snow. Once you learn the basics, you can really take the distance out of teaching online.
The best part about working with faculty is...
getting a glimpse into their expertise. Helping the experts develop online course exposes me to a multitude of concepts and subjects that are unavailable to most people. I also get to see many different teaching styles and methods; that helps me to bring not only my own teaching experience, but also a wealth of ideas from others, to each project I’m a part of. I have a wide variety of interests, and working with faculty from many different fields constantly feeds my curiosity. My education never stops.