Sasha Thackaberry is the Manager of NextGeneration Learning for eLearning and Innovation (eLi) at Cuyahoga Community College. She proposes and advocates for new strategies, technology applications, and innovative learning projects, leading teams for specific pilots and implementations of new forms of technology integration from an effective learning design focus. Prior to her current position, she was the Senior Instructional Designer for eLi, where she worked with faculty to design online and hybrid courses that incorporated sound design principles and are student-centric. Before coming to Cuyahoga Community College, she worked at WVIZ/PBS ideastream in Cleveland, Ohio, as their Online Learning Coordinator. In that role, she managed the PBS TeacherLine program throughout Ohio in addition to designing and developing courses for professional development for K-12 teachers in Moodle. She worked in partnership with Ashland University, Cleveland State University, Notre Dame College, and The University of Akron to provide graduate-level education for in-service teachers to further professional skills and for licensure renewal.
She is the co-recipient of the 2010 Innovation of the Year award from the League for Innovation for a course template designed to provide faculty with instructionally sound courses in Blackboard pre-populated with standard college-wide and technology-based content. She has articles published in Distance Learning Magazine and eLearn Magazine, and an effective practice for a Faculty Instructional Design Toolkit in SLOAN-C’s repository of best practices. She also does consulting in instructional design in K-12, higher education, and corporate environments. With a background in education, development, and the arts, she looks for creative solutions to increase student success. She is currently working on her PhD in Educational Administration K-12 at Kent State University.
How have you used open textbooks?
Last year, as part of a Title III grant project, I designed a Math Sample course for a developmental math class that incorporated pertinent sections of an open Algebra textbook from Connexions.
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