Migrating from one LMS to another can be a division or department’s worst nightmare, or it can be a golden opportunity to dramatically improve the standards of your course offerings. RAO took the latter tack and used the migration as the means to bring the courses into conformity through universal design, address ADA compliance issues, eliminate ‘legacy’ technical issues, and replace ancillary software by using the features of the new LMS. The undertaking also gave us the opportunity to build even stronger community/team spirit with our instructors.
Richard Metzger has a BFA from the Pennsylvania State University (string performance), an MA from Marywood University (musicology), and a PhD from Rutgers (musicology). His publications include two critical editions, Chansons of the Sixteenth Century for Classical Guitar: Franco-Flemish and Parisian Chansons Printed by Attaingnant and French Clavec in Music for Guitar. Editions of the Willoughby and Marsh lute manuscripts, major manuscripts of the late English Renaissance, are forthcoming. As a classical musician, he performed on solo guitar and lute, including tours as the recipient of grants from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Metzger now devotes his efforts to improvisational jazz on electric guitar. He also composed and performed the music for the PBS documentary film The Once and Future City and a production of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by Giles Block of the National Theatre of Great Britain. Metzger formerly taught online for New York University.
Ruqqayya Maudoodi is an instructional technologist, educator, and researcher specializing in designing curriculum for online and hybrid delivery. She holds a doctoral degree in instructional technology from the University of Houston, a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction, and a bachelor’s degree in studio art and arts education with a concentration in printmaking. Her dissertation focused on the use of digital video and editing for self-reflection. As an active member of the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education, she is also a frequent presenter at meetings of the World Conference on E-Learning. Her current research interests include digital media for teaching and learning, massive open online courses, and the infrastructure and course development of hybrid and online degree programs. She also has experience working with urban school districts and coordinating field experiences for teacher candidates with a focus on growing university partnerships with school districts and expanding relationships with other universities. Additionally, she has worked as an arts specialist in Houston’s Alief Independent School District. Prior to joining Mason Gross, she served as a research fellow at the University of Houston designing curriculum for online delivery and teaching courses in educational technology.