Dr. Alisa Cooper
As an English professor at Glendale Community College, Alisa teaches hybrid and online freshman composition and literature courses. Alisa currently serves as an assistant chair/eCourses coordinator for the English Department and works with faculty to create and/or improve their online/hybrid courses. She also evaluates all online/hybrid instructors and courses in the English department. For the 2012-2013 year, she will serve as eCourses Faculty Lead for the college, and she will be working on a research project on discussion tools in online/hybrid course as a MIL Fellow. Alisa briefly served as interim instructional technologist for the Title V grant at PC working with faculty to develop hybrid and online course modules. Previously Alisa served as podcasting specialist for the district providing a series of podcasting and vodcasting workshops throughout the year for the Maricopa Center for Learning and Instruction (MCLI).
Currently Alisa works as an advisor for the ELI 7 Things publication and conducts webinars and in person workshops on Blended Course Design, Social Media and Cloud Based Technologies for Academic Impressions. She is a Quality Matters certified reviewer and conducts QM reviews on hybrid and online courses in the district. Previously she worked on a district learning grant that helped online and hybrid instructors infuse Challenged Based Learning modules into the freshman composition curriculum. In addition, Alisa works with the National Center for Teacher Education (NCTE) as a technology trainer on two grants: The Achieving Technological Literacy in Arizona for Students and Teachers (ATLAST) and Student and Teacher Technology Transformation Teams (ST4).
This will be Alisa’s 23rd year teaching. She taught 2 years at Deer Valley HS in Phoenix, 2 years at Westwood HS in Mesa, AZ, and 4 years at Central Arizona College before moving up to the Maricopa District. Alisa started at South Mountain CC in 1998, where she taught for 11 years, and she recently transferred to Glendale CC in 2009. Before starting her teaching career, she studied mass communications at Phoenix College. Later she changed her major and location and earned a B.A. degree in English Literature from California State University, Bakersfield in 1989, and a M.Ed. degree in English Secondary Education from Northern Arizona University in 1993.
In 2004-2005 Alisa took a sabbatical to finish up her doctoral dissertation on the effects of hybrid courses on retention and student satisfaction. She finished her doctorate in Instructional Technology and Distance Education at Nova Southeastern University in 2006. She now enjoys teaching using a plethora of new technology tools, as well as training faculty how to use audio, video and other Web 2.0 tools in the classroom.
August 2009 – Present
At GCC, Alisa teaches online and hybrid freshman composition and literature courses and does learnshops through MCLI and the various colleges in the district. Learnshops include: Mobile Learning, Teaching in an Online Environment, Blended Learning, Teaching with Technology and Podcasting. Alisa also serves as Assistant Chair for English: eCourses Coordinator. Last year she co-chaired the textbook adoption committee and helped with transitioning faculty into the new textbooks and accompanying technologies by creating course teaching guides and Blackboard shells for the department.
Interim Instructional Technologist for Title V Grant
October 2009-June 2010
Alisa served as interim instructional technologist for the Title V grant at PC where she designed a semester-long training program: The Title V Mini-Grant Faculty Learning Cohort (Beta Bootcamp). The cohort consisted of a group of faculty from math, biology, chemistry, English, reading, and library science. The goal of the cohort was to learn theory and practice behind implementing technology into the classroom using a variety of different technologies.
August 1998 – August 2009 (11 years)
As an English professor at South Mountain Community College, Alisa designed and taught all of the college’s hybrid and online freshman composition courses. Alisa served on a district committee, Ocotillo, a faculty-driven catalyst for addressing technology and learning at the Maricopa Community Colleges. She was one of 5 faculty assigned to conduct research on hybrid/blended courses and then later podcasting. Alisa served as podcasting specialist for the district providing a series of podcasting and vodcasting workshops throughout the year for the Maricopa Center for Learning and Instruction (MCLI). Alisa’s interest in technology drove her to complete her doctorate in Instructional Technology and Distance Education from Nova Southeastern University in 2005. She also served as co-chair for the Instructional Technology Leadership Council (iTLC) at the district and co-chair of the College Technology Committee on her own campus.
August 1994 – May 1998 (4 years)
Taught freshman composition and literature courses and coached cross country and track. Designed and taught the college’s first online ENG101 freshman composition course, and was involved in teaching one of the first learning communities at the college.
August 1992 – May 1994 (2 years)
Taught high school English, Mythology and coached cross country, track, and JV girl’s basketball.
August 1990 – May 1992 (2 years)
Taught high school English, regular and honors freshmen, and coached cross country and track. Was Jr class sponsor (Prom) and Multi-cultural club sponsor.
Ed.D., Instructional Technology & Distance Ed, 2001 – 2006
M.Ed, English Education, 1991 – 1993
B.A., English Literature, 1986 – 1988
Cooper, A. (Fall 2012). What Role Will Traditional eReaders Play in the Future of Education? New Media Composition in Community Colleges. Computers and Composition Online. Retrieved December 18, 2012, from http://www.bgsu.edu/departments/english/cconline/
Cooper, A. (Feb. 1, 2013) “What I Wish I Knew Before I Started Teaching Online: How to be an Effective Online Teacher.” SCC Tech Talks 2013 Online video. YouTube. Web. 21 Feb. 2013.
Cooper, A. (January 17, 2013). Institutional Readiness for Implementing Blended Learning. Academic Impressions. (Online Webcast)
Cooper, A. & McGee, P. (October-November 2012) . Making the Shift from Classroom to Online Course Design (Four Part Series). Academic Impressions. (Online Webinars)
Cooper, A. (October 2012). The Not-So-Distant Education – Blended Comp Courses that Rock! TYCA-West Annual Conference. Salt Lake Community College. Salt Lake City, Utah.
Cooper, A. & McGee, P. (July30-August 1, 2012). Blended Learning: Effective Instruction and Engagement Conference. Academic Impressions. Atlanta, GA.
Cooper, A. & Diaz, V. (March-April 2012). Blended Learning Program for Fairleigh Dickinson College (Webinars/F2F). Teaneck, NJ.
Cooper, A. & Glascoe, S. (March 2012). Software Tools for Managing Your Teaching Life. FEA State Conference. Grand Canyon University. Phoenix, AZ.
Cooper, A. (February 2012). Using Cloud-Based Technology for Learning and Engagement. Academic Impressions. (Webcast)
Cooper, A. & Young, L. (May & November 2011). Using Social Media for Teaching and Learning. Academic Impressions. (Webcast)
Cooper, A., Diaz, V. & McGee, P. (July 2011). Best Practices in Blended Course Design. Academic Impressions. San Diego, CA.
Cooper, A. (June 2011). The Great Escape from LMS Lockdown. NMC Summer Conference. Madison, WI.
Cooper, A., Freeman, J. & McGee, P. (August 2010). Online Course Design. Academic Impressions. Denver, CO.
Cooper, A. & Young, L. (July 2010). Never Say Never: Saying “Yes” to Mobile Devices in the Classroom. Sloan-C Emerging Technologies for Online Learning Symposium. San Jose, CA.
Cooper, A. (April 2010). Best Practices to Engage Students Online: Three Valuable Tools. 2010 Adjunct Faculty Association Spring Conference. Tempe, AZ.
Cooper, A. (December 15, 2009). Keynote: Student Engagement for the 21st Century Learner. Yavapai College Winter Institute. Prescott, AZ.
Cooper, A & Rodrigo, R. (June 17, 2009). Teaching in the Wild Wild Web: Web 2.0 Technologies and Student Centered Learning. Sloan C International Symposium Emerging Technology Applications for Online Learning. San Francisco, CA.
Cooper, A., Diaz, V., Freeman, J. & McGee, P. (December 2008). Online Course Design. Academic Impressions. Denver, CO.
Cooper, A., Rodrigo, R. & Barrow, T. (November 2008). Web 2.0 in Education. PodcampAZ, Tempe, AZ.
Cooper, A. (October 2008). Multimedia infused freshman comp. TYCA-West Annual Conference: Reaching Across Communities: Service in and out of the Classroom, Clarkdale, AZ.
Cooper, A. (May 2008). Using Web2.0 to harness collective intelligence and build community among students. 2008 Teaching & Learning with Technology Conference, Mesa Community College, AZ.
Cooper, A. & Diaz, V. (May 2008). Building community in online/hybrid courses through Web 2.0 tools. Sloan-C International Symposium: Emerging Technology Applications for Online Learning, Carefree, AZ.
Cooper, A., Diaz, V., Hebert, C. & MacPherson, A. (January 2008).Your 2.0 Life: Models and methods to meet learners’ needs in a technological age. Educause Learning Iniative (ELI) Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX.
Cooper, A. & MacPherson, A. (March 2007). Using Web2.0 to harness collective intelligence and build community among students. 12th Annual TechEd, Ontario, CA.