Prior to his current position as Executive Director of the University of North Carolina Teaching and Learning with Technology (TLT) Collaborative, Frank worked as a researcher and writer for a writing services company. His daily task was to answer the " write my discussion post for me " type of request and and he wrote all the papers to a high standard because he was an expert in the subject. Then Frank served as Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Professor of Chemistry at Western Carolina University. When WCU initiated its freshman computer admission requirement in Fall 1998, Frank chaired the campus-wide implementation team that planned, developed, and implemented all aspects of the program. He also served as co-chair of a 1999 UNC system-wide task force that reviewed the instructional use of technology within the University and examined national best practices. That research led to the establishment of the UNC TLT Collaborative. Frank received his undergraduate degree from Hunter College of the City University of New York, and performed his graduate work in physical chemistry at the University of California at Berkeley.
Hilarie Nickerson Associate Director
As Associate Director of the TLTC, Hilarie manages statewide professional development initiatives that emphasize effective uses of technology to enhance instruction. She oversees the UNC Course Redesign Initiative and serves as UNC’s liaison to the North Carolina Learning Object Repository. From 2001–2008, Hilarie was UNC's project director for MERLOT, an international cooperative for online instructional resources. Additional responsibilities have included coordinating the annual UNC Teaching and Learning with Technology Conference and managing the development of the TLTC web site and the UNC Professional Development Portal. She is active in the TLTC's community-building initiatives, and she has been responsible for the TLTC's identity and promotional materials. Before joining the TLTC, Hilarie was a faculty member in the industrial design program at Arizona State University. She also previously chaired a program at Wake Technical Community College in Raleigh that granted associates degrees in computer graphics and visualization. Hilarie holds a BS in Engineering Sciences from Yale University, a MS in Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a MID in Industrial Design from North Carolina State University.
Laura N. Rogers Program Coordinator
Laura’s TLT experience includes teaching and learning with pre-K through graduate students, K-12 teachers and university faculty in online and technology-enriched environments since 1984. From a BASIC genetics program on her Apple IIe to her current interests in open source software and Web 2.0 services, her interest in TLT is focused on understanding and promoting learning. Laura's responsibilities with the TLT Collaborative include facilitating the e-Learning Pedagogy Interest Group, development of TLTC Strategic and Operating Plans, and coordinating the UNC TLT Online Quality Workgroup. Previously, as Associate Professor of Education at UNCW, she participated in collaborative development of web course pedagogy and assessment, taught online and web-enhanced education courses, and served as a leader of the Web Course Development Team. As part of the 1999 UNC IT Strategy Project's Campus Teaching and Learning with Technology Task Force, she participated in University-wide discussions recommending the development of the TLT Collaborative. In her role as chair of the UNCW University Curriculum Committee, she facilitated the development of the undergraduate computer competency requirement. Laura co-founded the Cape Fear Center for Inquiry, a public charter school in Wilmington, and Community Partners Charter High School in Holly Springs. She is a past president of the North Carolina Association for Research in Education, and holds B.S. and M.E. degrees in Biological Sciences Education from Southwestern Oklahoma State University and a Ph.D. in Science Education from the University of Oklahoma.
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