Biography“Ashford is a great place to teach because of the learner-centered focus on collaboration and the application to each learner’s personal and professional work."
Dr. Barbara Hall is the Program Chair for the Bachelor of Arts in Instructional Design in the College of Education at Ashford University. She started with Ashford in 2009 as a Teaching Assistant for Writing Services before becoming a full-time faculty member. She holds a PhD in Education with a specialization in Instructional Design for Online Learning from Capella University, an MS in Human Services with a Non-profit Management specialization from Capella University, a BA in Sociology from Oglethorpe University, and a Certificate in Non-profit Management from Duke University. She has 18 years of experience as an instructional designer, having designed, developed, and facilitated training and instruction in academic, corporate, and military settings. She says that her five years as an online learner contributed to her appreciation of peer collaboration as a key component of learning. “Ashford is a great place to teach because of the learner-centered focus on collaboration and the application to each learner’s personal and professional work. Ashford builds a sense of community among the faculty as well as the learners.” Dr. Hall lives in Chapel Hill, NC, with her husband and four children.
Dr. Barbara Hall, College of Education, presented twice during the international conference of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology, the premiere organization for instructional design. Her first presentation, Correlating Outcomes of Quality Matters Standard 5.2 in Asynchronous Discussions, was partially funded by her University Fellows Program grant. Her second presentation, Revising Expectations for Peer Interaction, was based on research conducted with Dr. Janine Lim, Associate Dean of Online Higher Education at Andrews University.
Dr. Barbara Hall, Assistant Professor, published a book review (Student Participation in Online Discussions by Hew and Wing) in the International Review of Open and Distance Learning, 14(3), 519-521 in July 2013.