Rena Palloff works with academic institutions and organizations to develop effective online distance learning programs. She has published widely in the field, including books such as The Excellent Online Instructor and Collaborating Online: Learning Together in Community. She is a member of the doctoral faculty at Fielding Graduate University and also in the master's degree program in Organizational Development and Management in the School of Leadership Studies.
Industry Expertise (4)
Training and Development
Areas of Expertise (14)
Action Oriented Research
Online Teaching and Learning
Information Systems and Change
Public Policy and Practice
Area of Research Specialization
Leadership and Change
Systems Thinking and Invervention
Human Development in Context
Technology and Social Justice
Mildred B. & Charles A. Wedemeyer Award (personal)
(2012) For Outstanding Practitioner in Distance Education
Philip E. Frandson Award for Literature (professional)
(1999) Awarded by the University Professional and Continuing Education Association
Fielding Graduate University: PhD, Human and Organizational Systems 1996
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee: MSW, Social Work 1976
University of Wisconsin, Madison: BA, Undergraduate Studies 1972
- National Association of Social Workers : Member
- League for Innovation in the Community College : Member
- Sloan-C Consortium of Institutions and Organizations Committed to Quality Online Education : Member
- Crossroads Consulting Group : Managing Partner
Media Appearances (2)
Faculty Convocation offers online teaching strategies, technology training
Penn State News online
Keynote speaker Rena Palloff is the author of several publications about online learning and faculty development. Palloff, a mentoring faculty member in the Educational Leadership and Change Doctoral Program at Fielding Graduate University, will discuss tactics teachers can employ to create dynamic learning communities within their online classes...
4 Ways to Make a Good Impression in Online Classes
U.S. News and World Report online
It may seem obvious, but an online discussion board is not the place to use the kinds of abbreviations acceptable in a text message or Facebook post, says Rena Palloff, an online instructor and coauthor of "Lessons From the Virtual Classroom: The Realities of Online Teaching. It's been my experience that not only do instructors get upset with it because it's not proper English, other students do as well," Palloff says...
Event Appearances (5)
Collaborative Group Work Using Mobile Technology
(2011) League for Innovation Conference San Diego, CA
Effective Online Instruction
(2011) Rocky Mountain Retreat, Fielding Graduate University Denver, CO
Using Mobile Technology to Empower Student Learning
(2011) Distance Teaching and Learning Conference Madison, WI
Learning Communities Revisited
(2011) Keynote Address Davenport University, MN.
The Excellent Online Instructor: 10 Tips for Training and Development
(2011) Online Teaching and Learning Conference (OTL) Washington, DC
(2011) Today, cell phones are an integral part of the genre commonly known as mobile technology, which encompasses cell phones, personal digital assistants (PDA), iPod Touches, iPads, and numerous other devices. Devices of this nature have connectivity that allows for ...
(2009) The online learning community continues to generate much interest, both in terms of research and in faculty training to successfully create a learning community. Faculty, however, continue to raise significant questions about the importance of a community- ...
(2007) Research continues to show that the construction of a learning community, with the instructor participating as an equal member, is the key to successful online course outcomes and is the vehicle through which online education is best delivered. How to develop effective ...
(2007) The concept of the online learning community has been extensively researched over the last 10 years and, as a result, our thinking about community continues to evolve as we teach online courses, follow the growing body of research on this important topic, and observe ...
(2000) Teaching in the cyberspace classroom requires moving beyond old models of pedagogy into new practices that are more facilitative. It involves much more than simply taking old models of pedagogy and transferring them to a different medium. Unlike the ...