Sloan Foundation Recognizes Warner Student for Contribution to Online Education

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation recognized Eric Fredericksen, a doctoral student in the Warner School’s educational leadership program, for serving as chair of the Excellence in Online Teaching and Learning Awards Program the past five years. Fredericksen received the honor at the Annual Sloan International Conference on Online Learning in November 2008.

Fredericksen has been an active national leader in online education and was a principal investigator on three, multi-year, multi-million dollar grants on Asynchronous Learning Networks (ALN) from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. His efforts yielded three national awards for the program he managed and his research led to several journal articles and book chapters. In 2001, he was named a Sloan Distinguished Scholar in Online Education.

Fredericksen is no stranger to the Warner School and the University of Rochester at large. He teaches a course on Information Technology for Higher Education Leaders in Warner’s educational leadership department. He also currently serves as the associate vice provost in University Information Technology at the University of Rochester. He has been instrumental in creating a new learning management system that allows all schools within the University to share the same capability. In this role, he is responsible for developing and managing programs that help support the academic and research missions of the University.

With the trend of distance education rapidly growing among higher education institutions and thus creating new opportunities for students who might not otherwise be able to avail themselves to traditional experiences of learning, Fredericksen is committed to looking at how the University makes decisions about pursuing distance education. The focus of his dissertation is on a specific case within the Warner School’s educational leadership department which emphasizes the primary role that faculty play in making decisions about state certification for school building and district leadership.

Fredericksen’s broad academic foundation helps him to connect his current academic experience at the Warner School with his professional experience within the University. He received his bachelor’s in mathematics from Hobart College, an MBA from the William Simon Graduate School of Business at the University of Rochester, and a master’s in curriculum development & instructional technology from the Graduate School of Education at the University at Albany.

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation is a philanthropic, not-profit institution that makes grants in support of original research and education in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and economic performance.

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