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About Us

The Center for the Advancement of Learning is a fusion of the unit formerly known as the Center for Academic Technology and the Research Academy for Integrated Learning. Housed in the Learning Resources Division, the Center for the Advancement of Learning is an extension of the Office of the Chief Academic Officer that works with faculty, staff, graduate student instructors (TAs), postdoctoral scholars, and administrators across UDC’s colleges, divisions, and campuses.

The Center offers a diverse range of services, programs, and professional development activities to advance teaching and learning. The Center team maintains advanced degrees and certifications in a variety of academic disciplines and provides programming in cross-disciplinary, discipline-specific, and institutional capacities. Each program is customized to the individual needs of departments, schools, and colleges. The Center strives to promote a learner-centered culture that values and rewards inclusive, innovative, and effective instruction and course design.

Vision

To advance UDC’s culture of learning across the university, in the district, and beyond.

Mission

Our mission is to empower stakeholders with knowledge, skills, and tools to advance outcomes.

Goals:

  • Serve as a leader amongst peer institutions in teaching, innovation, learning, and training.
  • Conduct research on learning science and digital tools that inform cutting-edge instruction.
  • Partner across the university and externally to refine inclusive learner-centered practices.
  • Provide collaboration, hands-on training, and individualized support.

Center for the Advancement of Learning Team

To Learn More About a Team Member, Click On His/Her Bio.

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Fatma Elshobokshy, M.A. Acting Lead Director and Director of Learning Technology, Center for the Advancement of Learning Technology

Fatma Elshobokshy, M.A.
Acting Lead Director and Director of Learning Technology
Email: fatma.elshobokshy@udc.edu

Julian King, M.Ed. Learning Design Coordinator

Julian King M. Ed.
Instructional Designer & Quality Matters Coordinator
Email: julian.king@udc.edu

Bio

Julian King is the Learning Design Coordinator at the Center for the Advancement of Learning (CAL). In this position, he provides consultation and expertise on research-driven best practices of learning science and course design. Mr. King also consults on data-driven assessment methods and resource planning for applications of emerging instructional technologies. As the Assistant Blackboard administrator, he collaborates with faculty and staff in drafting training programs, work plans, and instructional technology support including web-based and interactive video-based courses. He regularly delivers training to UDC faculty through webinars on topics such as use of the Blackboard Gradebook and learning design.

Prior to joining UDC and CAL, Mr. King worked in secondary education, where he provided coaching, training, and resources to enhance data-driven mathematics instruction and foster a sense of community within his partnering DC high schools. He has also spent 6+ years working in the public sector of education as a math instructional coach and secondary math teacher.

Mr. King also enjoys traveling, swimming, sports, and hanging out with friends.

 

Education

M.Ed. Instructional Technology, University of Maryland Global Campus

B.A. Mathematics: Secondary Education, Virginia Union University

Pat Kittrell, B.S. Educational Technology Specialist & LMS Administrator

Pat Kittrell, B.S.
Educational Technology Specialist & LMS Administrator
Email: patrick.kittrell@udc.edu