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Dennis Thomas O'Connor

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E-Learning Online Teaching 6-Traits Writing Instruction Course & Program Design Ed-Tech Consulting Services

Dennis Thomas O'Connor's Background

Dennis Thomas O'Connor's Experience

Lecturer (College of Education) at Cal State San Marcos

January 2008 - December 2009

After 7 years online I thought it would be useful to reconnect with face to face teaching. It has been a blast! I'm currently teaching educational technology to teaching certificate candidates. Working face to face has renewed my empathy for folks who struggle to master technology as part of the complex process of learning to teach. It's inspiring to be working with young, idealistic people!

Senior E-Learning Architect at Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

January 2008 - July 2008

This position develops and coordinates online learning initiatives for IMSA's external programs, enabling effective dissemination of professional development and learning resources to educators and students throughout Illinois, the nation and the world. I'm delighted to continue on with IMSA and the Illinois Virtual High School in this new capacity. I look forward to working with a variety of web 2.0 tools and course management systems (Moodle, eCollege, D2L ) as I work on a series of fascinating new projects.

Editor & Online Curriculum Developer at Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

August 2000 - January 2008

Consult, design, create online learning materials. Teach online classes. Create learning objects. Edit and write Full Circle Resource Kits. See

Adjunct Instructor at California State University East Bay

March 2001 - January 2005

Instructor: Technology Tools for Online Instructors. This is a course in the Online Teaching and Learning Graduate Program.

Online Instructor at University of Northern Iowa

January 2001 - May 2003

I wrote and taught several online graduate courses for UNI's online professional development program: Teaching Writing with the Six Traits, Teaching with a Multicultural Perspective, Webtools for Educators. The Online PD program was an entrepreneurial outreach program developed by Joan Vandervelde. In 2003 the program moved to the University of Wisconsin Stout where it thrives to this day.

Guide at Connected Univeristy

1999 - 2001

A guide at Connected University was the learning facilitator for online learning in any given classroom. I taught nearly 30 different online courses for CU. These were online professional development classes for teachers focused primarily on educational technology,

Teacher at Douglas County School District (Nevada)

August 1979 - June 2000

I taught in a variety of public school teaching positions for nearly 25 years. As a language arts and technology teacher I've worked to integrate technology and learning since the very early 80's. I was a district technology director and language arts coordinator. However, I learned the most in classrooms working with kids from 4th grade through high school. I was named district teacher of the year in 1995. This was the same year I was named a Milken National Educator.

Founding Partner / E-Learning Architect at Information Fluency Partners

June 2008

Information Fluency Partners develops and delivers modular online content explaining all aspects of information fluency. We also provide low cost, Moodle based classes in PowerSearching and Website Investigation. We are available for conference presentations. Our courses and curriculum can be licensed by state or local agencies as a convenient way of delivering training on 21st Century Skills.

Program Advisor: Graduate Certificate in E-Learning and Online Teaching at University of Wisconsin-Stout E-Learning and Online Teaching

January 2005

Earn graduate credits via online courses and meet your professional development goals to be certified as highly qualified in the area of e-learning instruction and training. Candidates who complete the courses will demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to effectively teach or train online and serve as leaders in distance learning initiatives. The certificate program includes four three-credit online courses and a practicum focusing on subject matter expertise in e-learning technology and pedagogy for hybrid and fully online environments. Each course addresses educational needs that are highly specific to the processes of teaching and learning via the Internet.

Consultant / Presenter / Trainer at Save Class

January 2005 is dedicated to helping school administrators and classroom teachers deal effectively with student behavior management. I provide conference presentations and school workshops that help educators save class time by ending 90% of the small, but disruptive student behaviors that interrupt instruction. Through an empathetic and respectful process of early intervention and logical follow through classroom discipline improves remarkably!

Lead Reviewer, Seal of Alignment Team at International Society for Technology in Education

January 2001

I Review Educational Technology Products for ISTE, The International Society for Technology in Education. This entails reviewing online and print based learning materials for their support of NETS-S, NETS-T, and NETS-A. I have reviewed materials from PBS-Teacherline,, Intel Teach,, ICT, Microsoft, and the Chicago Public Schools Using Technology for Professional Purposes Program.

Owner at Wiredinstructor

January 1999

E-Learning Online Teaching 6-Traits Writing Instruction Course & Program Design Ed-Tech Consulting Services

Dennis Thomas O'Connor's Education

Western Governors University

2002 – 2005


California State University-Hayward

1999 – 2001


Concentration: Education:Online Teaching and Learning

California State University-Northridge

1974 – 1975

K-12 Credential

Concentration: Elementary Education

University of California, Berkeley

1968 – 1974


Concentration: English

University of Southern California

1966 – 1968

Concentration: English, History

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