Alexandra Pickett


Alexandra M. Pickett (@alexpickett) is the director of Online Teaching for SUNY Online, at the system-level of the State University or New York (SUNY). She is the former the director of the Open SUNY Center for Online Teaching Excellence, and the former associate director of the award-winning SUNY Learning Network (SLN). Working with the 64 SUNY institutions, she has directly supported or coordinated the development of 300+ online instructional designers and more than 6,000 online faculty and their online courses. She taught Introduction to Online Teaching in the online CDIT master’s program and the COLT certificate program at the University at Albany from 2006-2014. She was the principle investigator on the SUNY/SLN NGLC grant-funded project, an elected member of the former National University Technology Network advisory board, and on the steering committees of the OLC Accelerate and OLC Innovate conferences. She is the co-recipient of a number of national awards recognizing excellence in online faculty development, distance learning innovation, online effective practices, and institution-wide programming and systematic progress from Sloan-C, USDLA, OLC, NUTN, and WCET. She was recognized as a Sloan Fellow (2012), an honor conferred by the Sloan Consortium Board of Directors, also served on the Campus Technology Advisory Board for 2013-2015, and the advisory council for the 2013-2016 UPCEA Center for Online Leadership and Strategy. She was appointed by the New York State’s Governor’s Office to the NYS Education Department’s Online Learning Advisory Council from June 2015 to November 2015, which produced recommendations for the NYS Governor, Legislature and Commissioner of Education on K12 Online Learning, served as an expert panelist for the Horizon Reports for 2017- 2019 & 2023 higher education editions; and was most recently Invited to be a Middle States Commission on Higher Education peer evaluator in March 2020. She participated in her first (virtual) site visit in April 2022, and her first in-person site visit in March 2023. She has co-authored a number of research publications, and consults and speaks nationally and internationally on effective online teaching and learning, large-scale online faculty development, badging and online community building, online instructional design, and using web technologies to enhance instruction online. Learn more:  

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