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Biography

I’m a professor (retired or semi-retired) in Instructional Design and Development (IDD) at the University of South Alabama (USA) in Mobile, AL. My MA and PhD are in Curricular and Instructional Systems (aka Instructional Design) with related fields of management, I/O psychology, and evaluation from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. My BS degree is in education with social science and library science from Western Oregon University. My current teaching load includes is three graduate ID courses. In this first year of retirement, I agreed to chair 3 doctoral candidates (one finished this past spring!). I’m proud to say I was the first IDD faculty member to develop and teach online; I've added blended sections to fully online courses to help students who need to be in the classroom. A few years ago, I developed two graduate certificate programs: Human Performance Improvement and Instructional Design and Development. I continue to consult, write, present, and serve on committees for international and national organizations. My publications and presentations focus on online & blended learning and instruction, instructional design and strategies. I co-authored a second edition of Web-based learning: Design, implementation, and evaluation (with Rasmussen & Lowenthal) along with book chapters and journal articles. I also serve on editorial boards of British Journal of Educational Technology and Open Education Studies (OES) and as a consulting editor for ETRD. Hmmm! I’m beginning to think my husband is right-- I’ve flunked first year retirement! Cheers, gvds