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Eric Fredericksen

Eric Fredericksen

Associate Professor (clinical), Associate Director Center for Learning in the Digital Age
Educational Leadership
LeChase Hall 314
(585) 273-1714

Website: UR Research Page
EdD, University of Rochester (educational leadership)
MS, University at Albany (curriculum development)
MBA, University of Rochester
BA, Hobart College (mathematics)

Eric E. Fredericksen is the associate vice president of online learning at the University of Rochester and associate professor (clinical) in educational leadership at the Warner School of Education. A national leader in online education, Fredericksen provides leadership for the exploration of online learning initiatives across the University. Previously, he was the associate vice provost at the University, where he provided leadership and services that supported the academic and research missions of the University.

Prior to the University of Rochester, Fredericksen served as the director of academic technology and media services at Cornell University. As a senior manager in Cornell Information Technologies, he helped craft Cornell's presence and direction in the use of contemporary technologies to support research, outreach, and teaching & learning both in and out of the classroom.

Before Cornell, Fredericksen was the assistant provost for advanced learning technology in the Office of the Provost in the State University of New York System Administration, where he provided leadership and direction for all of SUNY's system-wide programs focused on the innovative use of technology to support teaching and learning. This included the nationally-recognized SUNY Learning Network - winner of the EDUCAUSE Award for Systemic Progress in Teaching and Learning and Sloan-C Awards for Excellence in Faculty Development and Excellence in Institution-wide Online Programming. It also included the SUNY Teaching Learning and Technology program and Project MERLOT, which were designed to complement the classroom with technology-supported instruction.

Fredericksen was also a co-principal investigator and administrative officer for three multi-year, multi-million dollar grants on Asynchronous Learning Networks (ALN) from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. He was responsible for the fiscal management, strategic planning, policy development, faculty development, marketing & promotion, technical support center for faculty and students, and operations and technology infrastructure. He managed a distributed statewide staff of IT, administrative, instructional design, and faculty support professionals. Under his leadership, the program grew from two campuses offering eight courses to 119 enrollments to 53 campuses offering 2,500 courses to more than 40,000 enrollments in just seven years. He has also designed, developed, and taught online courses for the Department of Educational Theory and Practice in the Graduate School of Education at the University at Albany for the past 12 years.

Fredericksen is active in national efforts, including EDUCAUSE, the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative and the Sloan Consortium. He is chair of the Sloan-C International Conference on Online Learning and previously served as chair of the Sloan-C Awards Program for Excellence in Online Teaching and Learning. He also serves on the advisory board for Enterprise Learning at NYU. In 2012, Fredericksen was elected to the board of directors for the Sloan Consortium. He was recently honored as a Sloan-C Fellow.

In the News
3/26/2019 Eric Fredericksen's Work in Online Education Featured in Inside Higher Ed
6/06/2018 Eric Fredericksen Provides Clarity on "Digital Learning" in Inside Higher Ed
4/08/2018 Eric Fredericksen on Why Colleges Need a VP for Online Learning in The Chronicle of Higher Education
4/07/2018 The EvoLLLution (Evo) Q&A With Eric Fredericksen on Ensuring Online Offerings are Up to Scratch 
1/10/2018 Fredericksen Named President of OLC Board of Directors
12/01/2017 Eric Fredericksen on Online Education in Rochester Business Journal
11/29/2017 Eric Fredericksen's Community College Online Learning Leaders Study Featured in Inside Higher Ed
10/04/2017 Eric Fredericksen's Online Learning Leadership Study Featured in Inside Higher Ed
1/24/2017 Eric Fredericksen's Study on Leadership for Online Learning Featured on OLC Blog
1/24/2017 Eric Fredericksen on Leadership for Online Learning in Inside Higher Ed
4/15/2015 Wednesday Lunch Hour - Sharing Student Experiences with Warner's Online Teaching Certificate Program
2/04/2015 Eric Fredericksen on Online Learning in The Conversation
3/18/2014 Eric Fredericksen Essay on Online Learning Featured in Bloomberg Businessweek and Economic Times
12/12/2013 Phelps Colloquium - To MOOC or Not to MOOC?  Opportunities and Perils in Online Teaching
10/30/2013 Not a Secret Anymore: Online Courses at the University of Rochester!
8/13/2013 Eric Fredericksen Honored for Contributions to Online Learning
2/05/2013 Eric Fredericksen to Head Online Learning Initiatives at Rochester
12/30/2008 Sloan Foundation Recognizes Warner Student for Contribution to Online Education

EDE471 Topics in Online Course Design (mini course for faculty)
EDE474 Faculty Online Teaching Preparation Sequence
ED482 Technology and Higher Education
EDE486 Designing Online Courses
EDF488 Practicum in Online Teaching
EDU493 History of Higher Education
EDU581 Clinical Teaching in Health Care Professions Education: Teaching and Instructional Methods