In the 21st Century, technology is not just what we do, it defines who we are!
Tom Atkinson, PhD
Dr. Tom Atkinson teaches in the Instructional Design Program at Ashford University. He received a Doctorate of Philosophy in Educational Leadership and Research at Louisiana State University (LSU) and a Master of Science Education in Educational Technology at the University of Central Arkansas (UCA). He specializes in interactive environments for experiential learning based on neurological processes. He is a board member of the Educational Communications & Technology Foundation and chairs the Virtual Worlds committee with the International Association for Educational Communications & Technology (AECT). He has published numerous articles and book chapters, and presented as keynote and invited speaker at national and international events. As a consultant, he managed workforce and economic development projects with the Louisiana Governor’s Office of Nutrition, Community Services, Department of Transportation, Department of Labor, Northrop Grumman, Novartis Pharmaceuticals, and Cisco Systems. His teaching offers competency-based strategies grounded in theory and practice that emphasize peer-assisted learning through informed discussion, journal perspectives, authentic projects, and instructional technology. He believes education should, “provide students with the knowledge, skills, strategies, and support services to address each learner's personal interests, learning preferences, and abilities at different entry levels or stages of life to achieve their personal, academic, and professional goals.” With a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Central Arkansas (UCA), he enjoys music technology, arranging, and performance with community groups, jazz bands, and symphonies in Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Kansas City, and Orlando, for which he has received national and international recognition and recorded over 15 CDs. He currently lives in Celebration, Florida near Disney World.