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Dr. Thomas J. Tobin
Coordinator of Learning Technologies

About Tom:Tom Tobin is the CTL's Coordinator of Learning Technologies. He started his career in teaching with technology in the early 1990s, when most teaching tools required coding knowledge, and teaching online meant creating a web page and a discussion area "by hand." Starting in 1993, he has taught at the K-12, college, and graduate levels, in many modes: face-to-face, technology-enhanced, hybrid, and online.

In the field of online-course and -program quality, he is best known for his work on administrative-evaluation techniques; his article on "Best Practices for Administrative Evaluation of Online Faculty" (2004) is considered a seminal work in the field, and has been cited in more than 150 publications. His latest work is Evaluating Online Teaching: Implementing Best Practices (Wiley, 2015) with B. Jean Mandernach and Ann H. Taylor. He is currently writing Reach Everyone, Teach Everyone: A Practitioner's Guide to Universal Design for Learning in Higher Education, expected from West Virginia University Press in 2017.

Since the advent of online courses in higher education in the late 1990s, Tom's work has focused on using technology to extend the reach of higher education beyond its traditional audience. He advocates for the educational rights of people with disabilities and people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Tom serves on the editorial boards of InSight: A Journal of Scholarly Teaching, the Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration and the Journal of Interactive Online Learning, and he is an internationally-recognized speaker and author on topics related to quality in distance education, especially copyright, evaluation of teaching practice, academic integrity, and accessibility/universal design for learning.

All faculty and instructors are encouraged to contact Tom ( or x4497) to learn more about how the CTL can help you and your department achieve your startegic goals through the use of innovative teaching techniques.