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Dr. Holly Ellis

Dr. Holly Ellis, Assistant Professor

"In addition to the content being taught in specific courses, I want students to learn that education and knowledge are transforming and empowering. I hope students walk away with their appetites for the content simply being whetted with an insatiable desire to learn more."

Degrees Held:

  • PhD in Instructional Design and Development – University of South Alabama, 2008
  • MEd in Educational Training and Management Subspecialty with Emphasis in Instructional Technology – University of West Florida, 1999
  • BA in Elementary Education – University of West Florida, 1997

Career Highlights:

Won an award at a 2016 conference for a research project, presented nationally and internationally, and nominated for teaching award.

In which online programs do you teach?

M.Ed. Instructional Design & Technology, Ed.S. Curriculum & Instruction

Which classes do you teach online?

EME 6409, EME 6607, EME 6054, EME 6609, EME 5316, EME 4043

What do you want students learn in your classes? What is the expected outcome?

In addition to the content being taught in specific courses, I want students to learn that education and knowledge are transforming and empowering. I hope students walk away with their appetites for the content simply being whetted with an insatiable desire to learn more.

Why did you start teaching?

As a fourth generation educator, teaching has always been in my blood. When I was growing up, it wasn't uncommon for our dinner conversations to center on teaching and learning – what we learned that day (both formally and informally), how we learned, what could have improved the learning experience. Through these conversations and impromptu opportunities for self-reflection, the fire that fueled my passion for education was fanned. Years of positive role models and family members who set me on my journey of teaching and learning began a legacy, and I want to continue that legacy.

What's the best advice that you have ever received?

Some of the best advice that I was ever given is to never sell yourself short and to treat every experience as a learning experience.

What's the best advice you could give to online students?

I encourage my students to become part of a learning community, growing not only in their own knowledge and skills but supporting others in their growth. Becoming part of a learning community allows students to not only develop personal understandings but to also come to shared understandings, shaping the lens through which they view.

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