Sher Downing, Ph.D.
Sher Downing is Executive Director for Online Academic Services in the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. She has over twenty-five years experience in post-secondary education, serving at senior administrative levels at several post-secondary institutions including private, community college and university campuses. She has spent the last sixteen years launching online schools and programs, overseeing the design and development of academic, administrative and student services in a virtual environment. She has also served as senior online faculty and curriculum development specialist for several colleges and universities and as a private consultant for specialized degree programs.
Dr. Downing’s research focus is the transition of faculty from the traditional classroom to online and hybrid instruction. She has served as a national presenter and author and been active in numerous eLearning groups including USDLA, WAOE, and eGuild. She holds a Ph.D. and master’s degree, both with specializations in Instructional Design for Online Learning, from Capella University and a post-doctorate Master of Legal Studies from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law ASU, focusing on eLearning issues of intellectual property. She is a 2010 Fellow, Arizona Program for Policy, Ethics & Education Leadership, APPEEL, professional development program.
Presenter for the Following Session
- Patio Chat and other Ways to Train Faculty
The W. P. Carey School of Business has been a leader in online education for graduate business programs for over a decade. More recently, the addition of new undergraduate programs, hybrid courses and faculty taking the lead on course development has created a broad level of skill set among faculty who are utilizing technology in a variety of ways.