Dr. Deri Draper is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University earning her Ph.D. and MEd degree in Instructional Systems, and Temple University with a Bachelor’s of Art degree.
Currently, I am a Provost Fellow and the Director of Integrated Learning at Old Dominion University, located in Norfolk, VA. I am experienced in the design and delivery of e-learning in higher education and corporate contexts. My area of research and specializations focus on e-learning, specifically, the integration of high impact practices and other instructional technologies in online environments.
I transitioned to higher education to be able to mentor students, provide real world experiences in her practice as an educator, and to further her passion in knowledge creation and sharing in groups and organizations. My work focuses on the interplay of individual and organizational knowledge in the creation, sharing of best practices. I am a leader in performance improvement for 20 years working in the automotive and pharmaceutical corporate manufacturing arenas. Although the work was satisfying, I wanted the ability to mentor students, and freedom to work and research in areas that advance the field of Instructional Technology. One of the main reasons why I decided to pursue a career in academia was to have the opportunity to work with future generations of instructional designers and educators in an instructional and mentoring capacity. I view teaching as a major area in my practice as an educator. I strive to develop authentic activities that allow me to identify and apply instructional technologies and strategies to ensure that students learn about their disciplines that will enhance instruction and learner outcomes. I research on a daily basis. It is my hope that my teaching will “fuel the fire” in some way and to inspire my students and faculty.