Many years ago, quite by accident, I began teaching adult basic education. This unplanned and (I thought) temporary job has, after 12 years, turned into a satisfying career. I have instructed ESOL, GED, ABE, and literacy classes in a number of different settings: a manufacturing facility, a local jail, in a social service office, and online. My ABE experience led to an interest in technology and in 2008 I received my doctorate in Instructional Technology from UVA.
I currently work for the Virginia Adult Learning Resource Center at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond,VA. At the VALRC I helped to create and currently manage eLearnVA, a statewide online GED prep program. I also am the project manager and principal investigator of the PluggedIn VA project, a transition curriculum that integrates GED instruction, workplace soft skills, digital literacy, and 21st Century Skills in order to help adults successfully move into certification programs and post secondary institutions. I am currently working on figuring out how to better integrate technology into the ABE instruction in Virginia, as well as working with our Dept of Ed to incorporate technology into its strategic plan. I also teach classes on developing eLearning for the VCU School of Education.
As I have a new infant son, sleep is my main hobby, when I have time for it . I also like to run, camp, make and watch films, make and listen to music, walk my dog, travel, and spend time with my family.
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What happened to Andre? He or she started a group and then disappeared. I am in Arlington and I am not sure that we have that many members in C2.0 from Virginia. So what brings you here and how active is VCU in online education?