Faculty: Alan R. Roper

Alan R. Roper, Ed.D, MPA, MSIT, MA

Title(s):
Senior Adjunct Professor
School(s):
Business
415-442-6500
Campus(es):
San Francisco
Alan R. Roper

Dr. Alan R. Roper, is a senior adjunct professor at Golden Gate University. He has worked in online distance education for 20 years, and has done extensive research on building community in online classrooms, and in adult learning. Dr. Roper has presented papers on online learning, adult learning theories and community in the online classroom at seven international education conferences, and has published articles on online adult education, and a textbook on effective teaching for adult learners. Before coming to GGU, Dr. Roper ran an education program for a non-profit organization that worked closely with the California Department of Rehabilitation, in developing assessment and training for learners with disabilities. He began working at GGU in 1998, as one of the founding members and director of CyberCampus, (eLearning). He recently worked as Senior Education Specialist for the Judicial Council of California, and as head of instructional design for the University of California, Berkeley School of Law. He has worked as an educational consultant for a major California natural gas and electric utility company, and is currently working for the University of California Office of the President in designing multi-campus programs, curriculum and textbook projects.


COURSES TAUGHT

EMPA 301
Research Methods and Analysis
EMPA 396
Graduate Research Project in Public Management
MGT 141
Organizational Leadership
EMPA 303
Organizational Development and Leadership
DBA 800
Doctoral Writing and Research Methods
MGT 160
Management and Leadership Strategy

RESEARCH INTERESTS & AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION

  • Online Education
  • Curriculum Development
  • Instructional Design
  • Adult Learning

EDUCATION

  • University of San Francisco: Ed.D (Educational Leadership)
  • Golden Gate University: MPA
  • Golden Gate University: MSIT
  • San Francisco State University: MA Adult Learning/Education

PROFESSIONAL & TEACHING EXPERIENCE

  • Instructional Editor/Course and Program Producer/ Instructional Designer, University of California, Office of the President
  • Head of Instructional Design, University of California Berkeley – School of Law
  • Judicial Council of California, Senior Educational Specialist
  • Mosaic Media, Consultant
  • Director of Administration, Golden Gate University, Cyber Campus

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • 2009 Technology, Theory, and Interpretive Discourse: Facilitation of Experience Based On Line Learning With Professional Practice Adult Students, (Textbook) VDM Verlagsservicegesellschaft Publishers, LAP Lambert Academic Publishing AG & Co. KG, ISBN 978-3-639-19828-7
  • 2009 The Online Teaching Survival Guide: Simple and Practical Pedagogical Tips, (Contributor Chapter 7): by Judith V. Boettcher and Rita-Marie Conrad (authors), published by Jossey-Bass, An Imprint of John Wiley & Sons, Inc
  • 2007 Educause Quaterly, (Vol. 30, No.1), "How Students Develop Online Learning Skills," Published February, 2007.Describes research study on successful graduates of online programs and the helpful online learning techniques developed by these learners.

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS


HONORS & AWARDS


Media & interviews

  • 2007 Educase Western Regional Conferene, San Francisco, CA May 8, 2007 Presented "Developing Your Online Student Skills," identifying successful habits of online adult learners.
  • 2007 Technology, Colleges and Community Worldwide Online Conference, hosted by the University of Hawai'i Kapi`olani Community College, in association with Osaka Gakuin University and LearningTimes. Presented paper on the development of online student skills, and how students share secrets of success in the online classroom.
  • 2006 Center for Internet Technology in Education (CiTE) Conference, Denver, Colorado. Presented “New Opportunities in Kinesthetic and Visual Learning Online,” identifying new opportunities for use of shared video and media files in online learning, and an overview of streaming media and online pedagogy.
  • 2005 Technology, Colleges and Community Worldwide Online Conference The conference "Looking Back Towards the Future?" was hosted by the University of Hawai'i Kapi`olani Community College, in association with Osaka Gakuin University and LearningTimes. Presented “Facilitation of Experience-Based Online Learning With Adult Students.” 
  • 2005 Center for Internet Technology in Education (CiTE) Conference, Denver, Colorado. Presented “Technology, Theory, and Interpretive Discourse: Facilitation of Experience-Based Online Learning with Professional-Practice Adult Students” identifying opportunities for facilitating experiential learning in online education.
  • 2004 International conference of the Association of Accredited Online Programs International hosted by the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas. Presented “Technology, Theory, and Interpretive Discourse: Facilitation of Experience-Based Online Learning with Professional-Practice Adult Students” identifying opportunities for facilitating experiential learning in online education.
  • 2004 Center for Internet Technology in Education (CiTE) Conference, Denver Colorado. Presented “Adding Interactivity to Online Courses,” describing techniques used to increase student motivation, participation and performance in online courses.
  • 2003 International conference of the Association of Accredited Online Programs International hosted by the Sawyer School of Business at Suffolk University in Boston Massachusetts. Presented "The Cyber Classroom: Virtual Community and the Value of the Adult Learner," describing pedagogical techniques for creating online learner communities.

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