Focus the Spotlight on You with the OLC Online Teaching Certificate Programs

Take your practice and expertise to the next level.  Increase your marketability and performance in conjunction with the OLC Online Teaching Certificate Programs.  In this webinar, join OLC faculty members, Dr. Angela Gibson and Dr. Laurie Hillstock, to learn firsthand about our two signature professional development offerings: the Online Teaching Certificate and the Advanced Online Teaching Certificate Programs. These programs are designed to prepare educators in quality course design and effective online instructional delivery.   Whether you are new to online or a seasoned professional, the OLC Institute for Professional Development can help shape your online teaching career as you develop your skills, knowledge, and talent with colleagues from around the globe.   

Speaker Bio

Dr. Angela Gibson

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Dr. Angela M. Gibson serves as full-time faculty with the rank of Professor for the School of Arts and Humanities at American Public University System (American Military University and American Public University) teaching first-year students in Foundations of Online Learning, undergraduate students in capstone courses, and graduate students in analytical and writing classes. Formerly she served as the Director, First Year Experience, at APUS developing initiatives and programs to foster online learning success, fostering student engagement, and increasing student retention as well as an Instructional Strategist with the Instructional Design and Development Team at APUS.

Dr. Gibson is an adjunct faculty in the Masters of Adult Education online program at Texas A&M University- Kingsville. She serves as a facilitator for Online Learning Consortium (formerly known as the Sloan Consortium) workshops and as a mentor for the OLC Online Teaching Certificate Program. Dr. Gibson has served at community colleges and universities, private universities, and for-profit institutions teaching on-ground and online, working in instructional design, and serving in student affairs. She has created, designed, and delivered exemplar webinars and other professional development courses for students, faculty, and staff.

Dr. Gibson presents at national and international conferences including the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and the Online Learning Consortium International Conference. Her research interests include student engagement and success, the role of online and emerging technology in course design and instruction, the Community of Inquiry framework, and Hispanic student success.  She integrates theory into practice through conducting research on student retention as well as effective practices in online teaching and learning. Dr. Gibson received the OLC 2014 Effective Practice Award for Online Learning.

She has been published in various peer reviewed journals such as the Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks, Community College of Research and Practice, and Issues in Educational Research. She is active in regional and national education associations performing in roles as division co-chair, session chair and session discussant, graduate student mentor and discussant, and paper submission reviewer.  Additionally, she serves on the editorial review board and functions as an article manager for education journals.

In addition to formal instruction, she promotes STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) in Pre-K and elementary schools functioning as an informal STEM educator.  Dr. Gibson volunteers with NASA and provides outreach and educational awareness on science, space, and STEM issues through social media at formal and informal settings. She has been invited to provide social media support at various NASA and Congressional STEM focused events.

Dr. Gibson received a B.A. in International Relations from George Mason University, a Masters of Arts in Human Performance Systems, with a Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design, from Marymount University, and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership, with concentrations in Adult Education, Higher Education, and Community College Education, from Texas A & M University – Kingsville.

Dr. Laurie Hillstock
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Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Educational Leadership (Higher Ed), Clemson University, Clemson, SC
  • M.H.R.D., Human Resource Development, Clemson University, Clemson, SC
  • B.A., English (minor: Computer Science), Converse College, Spartanburg, SC

Professional Background

Dr. Laurie G. Hillstock has been a faculty member and administrator in higher education for over 15years.  Most of her experiences have been in the distance learning arena, focusing on strategic planning (i.e., organizational structure, policy, accreditation, and funding models), faculty and curriculum development, marketing, and student success.  She has taught a number of credit bearing courses in the online, hybrid, and web-enhanced learning environment.  She has also taught with and/or administered a variety of LMS systems including: Blackboard, Canvas, e-Racer, Moodle, Sakia, and WebCT.

Dr. Hillstock is a member of the Institute for Emerging Leadership in Online Learning (IELOL) faculty at Penn State.  Additionally, Dr. Hillstock is actively involved with the Online Learning Consortium, serving as a content developer, workshop facilitator and mentor.  More specifically, she assist with related policy initiatives (i.e., position papers, articles and blog posts), and is the developer and facilitator for the Leadership in Online Learning Mastery Series as well as the Advanced Online Teaching Certificate program.  She is also a mentor for the basic OLC Teaching Certificate program as well as a content developer and workshop facilitator for other OLC workshops.  In addition, she is a member of the OLC Effective Practice Awards Selection Committee.

Dr. Hillstock’s research interests include distance learning, faculty development and student retention.  She has served as a reviewer for the Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice as well as a reviewer for the Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration.