Saturday, February 17, 2007

About Tanya

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Fun Bio:

Tanya Joosten is -- educator, speaker, author, thought leader, social scientist, futurist, mastermind, beach seeker -- champion of rock/paper/scissors, Tetris, Dance Central, Madden, Spades, and  pool -- introvert, amazing visionary, so essomenic, breath of fresh air, mad skillz, hottest jam, nerd, techy, and according to Dougie, "everybody love me," #iamhiphop, #iamuwm, academic loving learning and living, sarcastic, @tjoosten, and Penelope's mom. Oh, and she has a sense of humor and doesn't take herself or her accomplishments too seriously ;)

Less Fun Bio:

Tanya Joosten, Ph.D., is a Senior Scientist, the Director of Digital Learning Research and Development, and co-PI and co-Director of the National Research Center for Distance Education and Technological Advancements (DETA) at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  She is nationally recognized in her work in blended and online learning as an Online Learning Consortium (OLC) Fellow and works to guide strategic digital learning efforts on campus, across the UW System, and nationally as an advisor to the Provost, a member of the University of Wisconsin System Learning Technology Executive Council, and a member of several national boards and committees.  

Currently, Dr. Joosten leads a national research initiative supported by the U.S. Department of Education working to provide access to research models and methods, facilitating innovate processes of data collection, and encouraging the replication of research across institutions through the DETA Research Toolkit to identify key instructional and institutional factors that influence student success with particular attention to underrepresented students.  

Dr. Joosten has a background in the social sciences hailing from the field of communication.  Her notable keynotes include eLearning Asia, ITC eLearning Conference, and SACS COC President’s event, and her ideas have been highlighted on plenary panels at the UW-Madison Annual Distance Teaching and Learning conference and the OLC International Conference for Online Learning.  You can find her ideas and work cited in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Forbes, U.S. News World and Report, and more.  Recent interviews with Dr. Joosten are available on ResearchInAction and TOPcast available on iTunes.  Her book on social media is available from Wiley Publishing, she has authored numerous articles, chapters, and encyclopedia entries on human and social interactions and digital learning, and she often writes invited blog posts and magazine articles for organizations, such as EDUCAUSE, WCET, Inside Higher Ed, and Pearson. 

Dr. Joosten previously worked as the Director of the Learning Technology Center leading faculty development and engagement initiatives, pedagogical and technological innovation projects, core learning technology oversight, and blended and online program development. 

Key highlights

Stoffel, B. (March 1st, 2016). Are online schools the future in Wisconsin? WTMJ 620 Morning Show.  Retrieved from: [quoted]

Friedman, J. (December 30th, 2015). 4 ways to use social media as an online student.  U.S. News World and Report.  Retrieved from:

October, 24th, 2014, UW-Milwaukee Receives Grant to Establish National Center for the Study of Distance Education and Technological Advancement,

"The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee has received a $1.48 million grant to establish a national Center for the Study of Distance Education and Technological Advancement (DETA). The center will work in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin System, UW-Extension, Milwaukee Area Technical College and EDUCAUSE.

August 6, 2013, Sloan Consortium Announces 2013 Class of Sloan-C Fellows PR Web (press release)-Aug 6, 2013, as available on JS Online,

"Tanya Joosten, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, for exceptionally creative work in advancing blended and online learning in the K-12 and and higher education environments."