After 26 years in public education, Dennis O'Connor returned to graduate school earning an advanced degree in online teaching and learning and a second degree in instructional design and curriculum integration. For 20 years he designed and taught online professional development courses based on his extensive classroom experience in technology and language arts. He was Program Advisor for the E-Learning and Online Teaching Graduate Certificate Program at the University of Wisconsin Stout. He was an e-learning architect for the Ilinois Math and Science Academy (IMSA), specializing in Information Fluency. Additionally, he was social media manager for InstructOnline.com and The Mountain Fund (Nepal Relief). Mr. O'Connor was also a founding member of the ISTE NETS Standards review program. As a co-creator of 21st Century Information Fluency Partners (21cif.com), he developed self-paced learning modules still online to this day. Areas of particular interest include health information fluency, patient empowerment, ethical research, e-learning, and online teaching, 21st-century information skills, Six Traits writing assessment, online technology tools, and multicultural education. Previously he taught reading and writing to combined classes of seventh- and eighth-graders at Kingsbury Middle School in Zephyr Cove Nevada. An early believer in computer technologies as superior tools for teaching "writing as a process," Mr. O'Connor was the first in his district to develop word processing training and computer use programs for students and teachers. In the early 1980s, Mr. O'Connor created a BBS-based online literary magazine and advised high school classes on electronic database research. As part of an interdisciplinary unit on Japan developed by Mr. O'Connor and several colleagues, students explored Japanese culture, history, and language, and developed an Internet pen pal program with English-speaking Japanese high school students. Mr. O'Connor is currently the Chief Learning Officer for Precision Healthcare Ecosystem (PHE).
1972 University of California - Berkeley, B.A. (1972)
Graduate Certificate: Online Teaching and Learning, California-State University East Bay (2000)
MS Education, Specialization in Online Teaching and Learning, California State University, East Bay (2001)
M.Ed Technology Integration and Instructional Design, Western Governors University (2005)
Teaching Information Fluency: How to Teach Students to Be Efficient, Ethical, and Critical Information Consumers
Teaching Information Fluency: How to Teach Students to Be Efficient, Ethical, and Critical Information Consumers, Scarecrow Press, December 2014. Co-Author (with Dr. Carl Heine)