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In this episode of Course Stories, Mary and Ricardo are joined by their colleagues to talk about the Flagship workshop at ASU Online, Master Class for Teaching Online. This workshop has been critical to the success of so many faculty and staff at ASU, introducing them to new technology and to the methods and reasons for pedagogical recommendations in online courses.
DeAnna Soth, Associate Director of Instructional Design, Tamara Mitchell, Senior Instructional Designer, and Meredith Savvides, Senior Instructional Designer, join together to unpack the history and intention of the workshop. These three talented designers are just part of the team of designers that support Master Class at ASU Online and we hope you will enjoy their camaraderie, candor, and connection in this conversation.
DeAnna Soth is an Associate Director of Instructional Design at ASU Online, EdPlus. She has designed higher education curriculum for over 10 years, in a wide variety of disciplines. She has two master’s degrees, in Adult Education and in Liberal Studies. DeAnna is also an ASU alumni and a first-generation college graduate.
DeAnna has taught and co-designed ASU101, a one-credit class about student success, and has co-taught Master Class for Teaching Online for several years. Her teaching experience also involves corporate training and activism. DeAnna teaches basic makeup classes for women undergoing cancer treatment for Look Good Feel Better.
Tamara Mitchell has 10+ years of experience designing and developing online courses and 7 1/2 years of experience teaching online introductory writing courses. She has an MA in English Language and Literature and an MSEd in Information Technology and Instructional Design. She currently works on the Instructional Design and New Media Team as a Senior Instructional Designer with EdPlus online courses and projects.
Meredith Savvides is a senior instructional designer with ASU Online. She holds Master’s degrees in Special Education and Educational Leadership, and spent 13 years in k-12, both in the classroom and as an instructional coach. She also has a certificate in instructional design and has been with EdPLus since September 2018.
Meredith supports a variety of ASU Online programs including Justice Studies, Organizational Leadership, Project Management, African and African American Studies, Counseling and Applied Psychological Science, Indigenous Education, Technical Communication, and Interdisciplinary Studies. Along with program support, she recently supported the development and rollout of Study Hall – a collaborative project between YouTube (Crash Course), Google, and ASU.
Jeff Aguila is a media specialist at our Tempe Campus Studios. Jeff, the episode editor, has been with the Instructional Design and New Media team for just about a year. He is an ASU Alumnus with a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. Before coming back to work at ASU, Jeff spent 15 years as a photojournalist in TV news.
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