Dennis Oconnor

Office: 140 Vocational Rehabilitation

Office Phone: 530-318-1145

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 thirty-eight years experience as an educator.

Dennis O'Connor has been an elementary and middle school teacher, a professional development trainer, technical writer, online curriculum designer, and e-learning instructor for many years. As a district Language Arts Coordinator he organized teacher training in the writing process and Traits Writing Model. As a district technology coordinator he was a pioneer in educational technology integration.

He earned Master of Science in Online Teaching and Learning from California State University, East Bay (formerly CSU Hayward) where he taught graduate students how to teach online. Mr. O'Connor also earned an M.Ed in Instructional Design and Technology Integration at Western Governors University. He earned his undergraduate degree in English at the University of California, Berkeley.

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 the 21st Century Information Fluency Project. He specializes in creating online curriculum to teach Internet searching, evaluation, and ethical use of digital information.

In his spare time Dennis enjoys swimming, landscaping, and exploring Southern California.

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