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Interviews with Innovators in Online Education

Online learning is an evolving field in which emerging technologies, new pedagogical approaches, and other types of innovations are shaping the future of education. As part of our mission to empower students who may be interested in pursuing personal and professional advancement through enrollment in an online degree program, interviews educational leaders and innovators in the field of online learning. The Q&A’s published in this section detail many of the latest innovations in instruction technologies, course design, program curricula, and more.

Interview with Susan Aldridge, Ph.D. – Drexel University

Dr. Susan Aldridge is the President of Drexel University Online and the Vice President of Online Learning at Drexel University. In this interview Dr. Aldridge shares what it is like to learn and teach online, and how to succeed in each. Additional topics include academic honesty measures, online student support services, and distance learning trends.

Interview with Thomas Cavanagh, Ph.D. – University of Central Florida

Dr. Thomas Cavanagh is the Associate Vice President of Distributed Learning at the University of Central Florida (UCF), the second largest university in the nation, where he oversees the distance learning strategy, policies, and practices. In this interview Dr. Cavanagh discusses online learning and instructional design, and offers advice for students considering their first online degrees.

Interview with Diane Reddy, Ph.D. – University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Dr. Diane M. Reddy, Professor of Psychology and Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, discusses the U-Pace instructional method for self-directed, mastery-based online degree programs.

Interview with Yvonne Simon – College for America

Yvonne Simon is Chief Learning Architect and a founding member of the Innovation Lab and College for America, a competency-based division of Southern New Hampshire University offering self-directed online degree programs.