In higher ed, digital badges represent successful completion of a variety of learning experiences both inside and outside of the traditional for-credit course.
BiographySince 2014, Veronica has served as the Director for EDUCAUSE online programs advancing the Teaching, Learning, and Professional Development divisionâ€™s overall strategic priorities and member needs with excellence in online learning experiences. This includes program design and delivery, and advising senior leadership on methods for improving or enhancing member engagement and aligning services with member needs. Veronica has also been the associate director of the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative since 2009 conceptualizing and developing resources that support its 300+ member institutions in integrating teaching, learning, and technology on campus. She provides leadership to various ELI programs: Seeking Evidence of Impact, the 7 Things You Should Know About series and management for EDUCAUSE teaching and learning leadership development programs, such as Leading Academic Transformation and the Next Generation Learning Challenges. Prior to her position at ELI, Veronica supported and led learning technologies and faculty development initiatives at the Maricopa Community College Center for Learning and Instruction serving its 10-college system. While at Maricopa, she served as co-principal investigator for Maricopaâ€™s Technological Literacy National Science Foundation grant, as co-chair to the Instructional Technology Leadership Council responsible for directing the Maricopa Community Collegesâ€™ learning technology strategic plan, and managed the district-wide Teaching and Learning with Technology Grants Program supporting research and development in the areas of emerging technologies, assessment of online learning, and blended learning. Active in the field of online and blended learning and instructional innovation, Diaz serves on various national teaching and learning advisory boards, presents seminars nationally, and has authored several articles on faculty use of instructional technology, blended learning delivery models, intellectual property policies for distributed learning environments, privacy, and emerging technologies.
Since 2011, the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) has been surveying the EDUCAUSE community in order to identify and track the key issues (formerly called content anchors) in higher education teaching and learning for the coming year.
Members of the higher education teaching and learning community gathered online for the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative Fall Focus Session on September 15 and 16, 2015, to talk about role of the leader in teaching and learning initiatives, looking for elements and activities that contribute to success.
Leading Academic Transformation (LAT) Advisory Committee
Security Professionals Conference 2017 Program Committee
ELI 2017 Annual Meeting Program Committee
ELI Focus Session 2015 Program Committee
Security Professionals Conference 2016 Program Committee