Joanna C. Dunlap, MBA, PhD, is an associate professor of instructionaldesign and technology in the School of Education and Human Development, and past Assistant Director for Teaching Effectiveness in the CFD. An award-winning educator, Joni’s teaching and research interests focus on the use of sociocultural approaches to enhance adult learners’ development and experience in postsecondary settings. Recently, her work in this area has revolved around online teaching and learning in higher education, specifically looking at social presence, student engagement and retention, and the use of social media and networking tools and communities to support learning. Joni maintains a blog on postsecondary teaching and learning at http://joannadunlap.com.
Ed Cannon is an assistant professor in
the School of Education and Human Development. He grew up near Washington, D.C.,
the youngest of five children, and lived on the East Coast until recently.
Being from a large Irish family definitely developed Ed’s interest in what
makes people tick, and he has always been fascinated by the power of
relationships and the central role they play in our lives. Ed received his PhD
from the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, an area of
the country full of Revolutionary War and Civil War history, which really
suited Ed, being a history buff. Prior to his doctoral studies, Ed worked as a
counselor in the public mental health sector with adults, children, and