Barbara Hall

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.

Barbara Hall, PhD



Dr. Barbara M. 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 Associate Faculty and then a full-time faculty member. During this time, Dr. Hall has served the college and the university in several roles, including co-chair of the Discussion Board Task Force, Institutional Review Board, and Research Fellow. She also serves her field as a certified peer reviewer with Quality Matters and peer reviewer for several journals and international conferences.

Dr. Hall earned a PhD in Instructional Design 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 24 years of experience as an instructional designer, having designed, developed, and facilitated training and instruction in academic, corporate, nonprofit, and military settings. Dr. Hall also consults with a private firm specializing in evaluating online learning programs for quality and growth.

She says that her own five years as an online learner contributed to her appreciation of peer collaboration as a key component of learning and led to her research focus on discussion-based learning, particularly intersubjectivity as a measure of peer discourse. In 2016, an article with several other Ashford colleagues earned 2nd place for Best Journal Award (Quantitative) from the Division of Distance Learning with the Association for Educational Communications and Technology; in addition, Dr. Hall has a book contract with Stylus Publishing. Dr. Hall’s research is available at her profile on ResearchGate and she maintains a professional Twitter feed, @DiscussionDiva, about instructional design and online learning.


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.


Doctor of Philosophy in Education
Master of Science in Human Services
Capella University
Bachelor of Arts in Sociology
Oglethorpe University