Distance Education and eLearning

About

Mission

To support continuous improvement of quality in online and hybrid courses for UNCW stakeholders by promoting excellence and innovation in higher education online pedagogy and andragogy, supporting the reflection on online teaching, and cultivating a community of online instructors to ensure accomplished teaching, learning, and assessment across the institution.

Vision

Increase the quantity of online courses to offer students more choice in their educational path through the enhancement of quality course design, delivery, and evaluation.

Meet the Team

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Dr. Jeremy Dickerson

Associate Vice Chancellor
Associate Professor of
Instructional Technology, WCE
910-962-2368
dickersonj@uncw.edu
Hoggard Hall 123
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Amy Ostrom

Director of Distance Education
and eLearning

910-962-3929
ostroma@uncw.edu
Hoggard Hall 130
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Degrees and Certifications:
  • MAT in Special Education, University of South Carolina
  • B.A. in English Education, Erskine College
Focus Areas:
  • Faculty development
  • Online teaching/delivery strategies
  • Authentic assessment practices
  • Humanizing online learning

Professional Organization Memberships:

  • Online Learning Consortium
  • Quality Matters Instructional Designer Association
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Colin Taper

Senior Instructional
Designer

910-962-3524
taperc@uncw.edu
Hoggard Hall 128
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Degrees and Certifications:
  • M.S. in Instructional Technology, University of North Carolina-Wilmington
  • M.Ed. in Curriculum, Instruction, and Supervision, University of North Carolina-Wilmington
  • B.A. in British Literature, Washington College
Focus Areas:
  • Motivational theory
  • Voice-to-text technology
  • Project-based learning
  • Discussion-based learning
Professional Organization Memberships:
  • Online Learning Consortium
Publications and Presentations:
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Ginu Easow

Instructional Designer/
QM Coordinator for UNCW
910-962-7826
easowg@uncw.edu
Hoggard Hall 127
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Degrees and Certifications:
  • M.S.Ed. in Learning Design and Technology, Purdue University
  • M.Ed. in Curriculum Instruction and Leadership, University if Illinois - Chicago
  • M.S.W. in Medical and Psychiatric Social Work, Tata Institute of Social Sciences
  • B.A. in Psychology, Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda
  • Quality Matters Coordinator Certification
  • Quality Matters Peer Reviewer Certification
  • Quality Matters Online Facilitator Certification
Focus Areas:
  • Quality assurance for online programs
  • Faculty Professional Development in Online Instruction
  • Student Engagement Strategies
  • Emerging Education Strategies
  • eLearning Design
Professional Organization Memberships:
  • Quality Matters
  • Association for Talent Development - Chicago Chapter
  • Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT)
Publications and Presentations:
  • Presentation Series on ADDIE model for ATD Heart of Central Illinois Chapter
  • Easow G. (March 2019). Impact of QM Workshops. Poster Presentation at the UNC System-Digital Learning Initiative Symposium, Chapel Hill
  • Conklin, S., Hanson, E., Easow, G. & Morgan, Z. (2019, April). Impact of Quality Matters professional development. Quality Matters. New York, NY.
  • Conklin, S., Hanson, E., Easow, G. & Morgan, Z. (2019, October). Impact of Quality Matters professional development. Quality Matters. Grapevine,TX
  • Conklin, S., Hanson, E., Easow, G. & Morgan, Z. (in press). Impact of Quality Matters professional development. Journal of Educators Online
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Nikki Strawn

Instructional Designer
strawnh@uncw.edu
McNeill Hall 3043 
 
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Degrees and Certifications:
  • M.S. in Instructional Technology, University of North Carolina-Wilmington
  • B.A. in Spanish Education, University of North Carolina-Wilmington
  • Quality Matters Peer Reviewer Certification
Focus Areas:
  • Introduction to Online Teaching
  • Universal Design for Learning
  • Community of Inquiry
  • Project-based learning
  • Student Engagement Strategies
Professional Organization Memberships:
  • Online Learning Consortium
Publications and Presentations:
  • Pate, C. , Spangler, A. , Strawn, N. and Pastore, R. (2018), A Case Study of Process Intervention within the Enterprise Content Management System Support Process. Perf. Improv., 57: 15-26. doi:10.1002/pfi.21764
  • Strawn, N. (2017). Performance Improvement Intervention: Ethics Management Program. Journal of Training, Design, and Technology, 1(1), 49-54.  https://tdtjournal.blogspot.com/p/8.html
  • Baynes, T., Beatty, T., & Strawn, N. (2017). Using Gagne’s Nine Events and Principles of Multimedia Learning in Computer Based Instruction. Journal of Training, Design, and Technology, 1(1), 37-44. https://tdtjournal.blogspot.com/p/6.html
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Zach Morgan

Instructional Designer
910-962-2202
morganz@uncw.edu
Hoggard Hall 131
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Degrees and Certifications:
  • M.S. in Instructional Technology, University of North Carolina Wilmington (expected graduation Spring 2019)
  • B.M. in Bassoon Performance, Florida State University
Focus Areas:
  • Online teaching and learning
  • Student perceptions of course design
  • Digital humanism
  • Accessibility
Professional Organization Memberships:
  • Association for Educational Communications and Technology
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Avianne Harris

Instructional Technologist 
910-962-2286
harrisan@uncw.edu
McNeill Hall 3043
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Portfolio Website

Degrees and Certifications:
  • B.S. in Information Technology, 2017, University of North Carolina-Wilmington
  • Associate in Arts, 2014, Coastal Carolina Community College
Focus Areas:
  • Creation of instructional videos
  • Graphic design
  • Echo 360 (Personal Capture, Universal Capture)
  • Creation of instructional materials
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Jack Horn

Video Technician/Producer 
910-962-2048
hornj@uncw.edu
Cameron Hall 240R
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Behance Portfolio

Degrees and Certifications:
  • M.A. in Communications, 1996, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • B.S. in Communications, 1989, Wingate University
Focus Areas:
  • Film making
  • Digital music production
  • Motion graphics
Professional Organization Memberships:
  • Kappa Tau Alpha Honor Society
Awards
  • 2007 Telly Award Bronze Winner | Editor/Director: "IBO CRIBZ" Heroic Inspirations & Marketing Ministries
  • 2005 Telly Award Finalist | Editor/Director: "Tribute to Bulldog Hockey" Marketing Ministries
  • 2005 Telly Award Finalist | Producer/Editor: "Jaguar Sport America"
  • 2005 The Videographer Awards - Award of Distinction | Producer/Editor: "Jaguar Sport America"
  • 2004 Axiem Awards - Silver Award | Producer/Editor: "Jaguar Sport America"
  • 2004 The Accolade Competition - Silver Award | Producer/Editor: "Jaguar Sport America"
  • 1996 Telly Award Finalist | Editor: "Country Crossroads" Radio & TV commission, SBC
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Donna DePompeis

Executive Assistant
910-962-2807
depompeisd@uncw.edu
Hoggard Hall 122
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Gail Killman

Business Services Coordinator 
910-962-3826
killmang@uncw.edu
Hoggard Hall 124
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Degrees and Certifications:
  • M.S. in Business Analytics, University of North Carolina-Wilmington (expected graduation Spring 2021)
  • B.S. in Business Administration, Analytics Concentration, University of North Carolina-Wilmington
  • State Authorization Certification
  • Data Visualization Certification
Focus Areas:
  • Financial Management
  • State Authorization Reciprocity
  • Data Visualizations
  • Predictive Analytics
Professional Organization Memberships:
  • State Authorization Network (SAN)
  • Online Learning Consortium (OLC)
  • NASASPS
  • NC-SARA
  • SARA-NC
  • WICHE/WCET