Dennis T O'Connor

Teaching, Learning and Leadership
College of Education, Health and Human Sciences

Office:
Phone: 530-318-1145
Email: oconnord@uwstout.edu
Personal website: www.scoop.it/t/wiredinstructor-e-portfolio

Brief Biography

Dennis O'Connor teaches Elearning and Online Teaching and the E-learning Practicum. He is also the Program Advisor for the E-Learning and Online Teaching Graduate Certificate Program. He has over forty years experience as an educator. In addition to teaching Mr. O'Connor has worked as a freelance magazine writer, a corporate training director, and educational technology consultant. In 1995, groundbreaking work in technology infused interdisciplinary teaching led to a Milken Educator Award. After working online with the ISTE, National Educational Technology Standards Project in 1998, Mr. O'Connor became a project writer developing units of practice for ISTE-NETS, Connecting Curriculum and Technology. Mr. O'Connor remains active as a NETS standards review consultant and project writer for ISTE. Dennis is currently Senior E-Learning Architect and founding partner with the21st Century Information Fluency Project. He specializes in creating online curriculum to teach Internet searching, evaluation, and ethical use of digital information.

Teaching Interests: In addition to teaching Mr. O'Connor has worked as a freelance magazine writer, a corporate training director, and educational technology consultant.

Research Interests: information theory - Co-Author Teaching Information Fluency: How to Teach Students to Be Efficient, Ethical, and Critical Information Consumers, 2014

Professional Interests: Information Fluency, online collaboration, social media, mindful learning, integrative medicine, writing

Roles/Responsibilities

Teach E-Learning Practicum, advise on e-job search process, manage social media for the Graduate Certificate program.

Education

    • M ED Education
      Western Governors University
      Salt Lake City, UT, United States, 2005
    • M ED Education
      California State University East Bay
      Hayward , CA, United States, 2002
    • BA English
      University of California, Berkeley
      Berkeley, CA, United States, 1974

Licensures and Certifications

  • Certified Online Educator: California State University, East Bay
  • Nevada State Teaching Credential: Stare of Nevada
  • California State Teaching Credential K-12: California State University, Northridge

Media Contributions

    Internet

    • 21st Century Information Fluency Project (January 20, 2001)

      This website presents research and curriculum developed over the past 10 years. It is dedicated to the study of information fluency: the ability to locate, evaluate and ethically use digital information.

Reviewer / Editor

Awards, Fellowships, Honors, and Scholarships

    Honor

    • Milken National Educator, Milken Family Foundation (September 1995)
    • Douglas County Teacher of the Year, Douglas County School District, Minden Nevada (May 1994)