Tanya Joosten


Tanya Joosten is the Director of Digital Learning Research and Development at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) where she works to guide strategic digital learning earning efforts at the campus, state, and national levels, to develop innovative programming for the UWM campus, and to lead a team of researchers to advance the field of digital learning. She is the co-director of the National Research Center for Distance Education and Technological Advancements supported by the U.S Department of Education. Tanya has been recognized by the Sloan-Consortium as a fellow for her work in blended and online learning. She is a teacher of tech-enhanced, blended, and online courses in the field of communication for over 15 years, including online courses in human communication and technology and organizational communication at UWM, published author in communication technology in teaching and learning, including her recent book, Social Media for Educators, and chapter in, Blended Learning: Research Perspectives, a social scientist researching technology-mediated pedagogy and its impact on student outcomes, and a well-known speaker and consultant across the globe. As a practitioner, Tanya Joosten previously led the Learning Technology Center, including efforts in faculty development for online and blended teaching, development of UWM’s blended and online faculty development program, supervised administration of the campus LMS, including faculty training and support, and led campus efforts for certification, recognition, and engagement initiatives for blended and online teaching. She has worked together with the Provost’s office, schools, colleges, and units to help in the development of over 40 blended and online degree programs at UWM over the last decade. Tanya Joosten’s efforts have been highlighted in many national news and media outlets, including the Chronicle of Higher Education, Ed Tech Magazine, eCampus News, and have led to her involvement in planning for the future of education, including the UWM Campus and Digital Futures Planning, State of Wisconsin Superintendent's Digital Learning Advisory Council, NMC Horizon Project Higher Ed Advisory Board, EDUCAUSE Evolving Technologies Steering Committee, and EDUCAUSE IT Status committee. Contact JoostenTanya[at]gmail.com or @tjoosten on Twitter.

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EDUCAUSE Involvement

  • ELI Spring Focus Session Advisory Group
    • Member: 2014
  • ELI Faculty Development Advisory Team
    • Member: 2013 - 2014
  • EDUComments Task Force
    • Member: 2012 - 2015
  • IT Issues Panel
    • Member: 2011 - 2012
  • Evolving Technologies Committee
    • Member: 2010 - 2013
  • EDUCAUSE Review Online Reviewers
    • Member: 2010 - 2011
  • ELI 2010 Fall Focus Session Advisory Group
    • Member: 2010
  • Constituent Group Leaders
    • Member: 2010 - 2016
  • ELI Challenges Project
    • Member: 2008 - 2009