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Bethany is an energetic instructional designer who is a passionate advocate of learner-centric and universal design. She previously worked for a company that helped many small private institutions to launch their online programs, and she also has experience working directly with both on-ground and online students in recruiting and retention.
Bethany has worked closely with both administrators and faculty developing courses for hybrid or 100% online, helping to implement content, to troubleshoot and maintain the LMS, facilitate related technology training, conduct course quality reviews, and she has designed and redesigned a variety of courses. In addition to instructional design, Bethany's areas of interest include virtual worlds in teaching and learning, digital citizenship, the open source movement & crowdsourced knowledge (wiki), the Creative Commons, and any other forms of radical collaboration that are disrupting traditional education and access to information. She volunteers with the Community Virtual Library, with SJSU iSchool's Virtual Center for Archives and Records Administration (VCARA), manages CVL's Hypergrid Resource Center in OpenSim, and regularly attends and presents at virtual world educational conferences and events.
Bethany studied sociology at the University of California Santa Cruz and graduated with honors. She earned a master's degree in education, specific to online teaching and learning, from the California State University East-Bay.