Eric Fredericksen


Dr. Eric E. Fredericksen is the Associate Vice President for Online Learning and Professor in Educational Leadership at the University of Rochester. He provides leadership for the exploration of online learning initiatives across the University and is a member of the faculty in the Margaret Warner Graduate School of Education and Human Development. Previous to this role, he was Associate Vice Provost at the University where provided leadership and services that support the academic and research missions of the university. Program areas included the Educational Technology Center, Classroom Technology, Web Services, the Center for Integrated Research Computing, and the University IT Center that supports faculty, staff and students. Prior to the University of Rochester, Eric served as the Director of Academic Technology & Media Services at Cornell University. As a senior manager in Cornell Information Technologies, he helped craft Cornell's presence and direction in the use of contemporary technologies to support research, outreach, and teaching & learning both in and out of the classroom. His responsibilities included the Academic Technologies, Classroom Technologies, the Web Production Group and the Educational Television Center. Before Cornell, Eric was the Assistant Provost for Advanced Learning Technology in the Office of the Provost in the State University of New York System Administration where he provided leadership and direction for all of SUNY's system-wide programs focused on the innovative use of technology to support teaching and learning. This included the nationally recognized SUNY Learning Network - winner of the EDUCAUSE Award for Systemic Progress in Teaching and Learning and Sloan-C Awards for Excellence in Faculty Development and Excellence in Institution-wide Online programming. It also included the SUNY Teaching Learning & Technology program and Project MERLOT, which were designed to complement the classroom with technology-supported instruction. Eric was also the Co-Principal Investigator and Administrative Officer for three multi-year, multi-million dollar grants on Asynchronous Learning Networks (ALN) from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. He was responsible for the fiscal management, strategic planning, policy development, faculty development, marketing & promotion, technical support center for faculty and students, and operations and technology infrastructure. He managed a distributed statewide staff of IT, administrative & faculty support professionals. Under his leadership the program grew from 2 campuses offering 8 courses to 119 enrollments to 53 campuses offering 2500 courses to more than 40,000 enrollments in just seven years. Eric is active in national efforts, including EDUCAUSE, the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative and the Sloan Consortium. He was chair of the Sloan-C International Conference on Online Learning and served as chair of the Sloan-C Awards Program for Excellence in Online Teaching and Learning. He also serves on the advisory board for Enterprise Learning at NYU. In 2012, Fredericksen was elected to the board of directors for the Sloan Consortium. In 2013 he was honored as a Sloan-C Fellow. Eric received his Bachelors degree in Mathematics from Hobart College, his MBA from the William Simon Graduate School of Business at the University of Rochester, his Master of Science in Education in Curriculum Development & Instructional Technology at the Graduate School of Education at the University at Albany (earned entirely online), and his doctorate in Education, concentrating in Educational Leadership in Higher Education at the Warner Graduate School of Education and Human Development at the University of Rochester. He taught online for many years for the Department of Educational Theory and Practice in the Graduate School of Education at the University at Albany and currently teaches in the classroom and online for the Margaret Warner Graduate School of Education and Human Development at the University of Rochester in the Department of Educational Leadership.

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