Cal State East Bay alumna Pamela Dougherty was recently named the new eLearning Support Specialist at Humboldt State University. Dougherty, who graduated from CSUEB's M.S. in Education, option in Online Teaching and Learning (MS-OTL) Program in June 2014, works with a team to increase student success in online courses and programs.
As part of her job, Dougherty trains and supports faculty who are working to improve online course design, and she is currently involved in the research and development of student support services for students in online programs. Dougherty attributes much of her success in her new role to the education she received at CSUEB.
"The MS-OTL program provided me with (the) knowledge, skills and experience that enabled me to qualify for my current position," Dougherty said. "I am able to directly apply those skills and knowledge in my day-to-day work."
Prior to assuming her new role, Dougherty worked as an academic advisor at CSU Humboldt for six years.
Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, the MS-OTL was the first fully online program at Cal State East Bay and continues to attract students from all over the world.
For Dougherty, one of the highlights of the program included the integration of research with the development of an online course for her final project.
"While learning new technology was an important aspect of the program for me, the crucial piece was to understand online pedagogy and how learning and teaching differ in the web-based environment," Dougherty said. "My experience as an online learner was very valuable."
To learn more about CSUEB's M.S. in Education, option in Online Teaching and Learning Program.