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New OOL director to lead UGA’s development of online curricula

Keith Bailey

Following a national search, Keith Bailey has been named director of the Office of Online Learning. Bailey will begin his new position on Aug. 1.

“Dr. Bailey brings to UGA significant experience collaborating with faculty to develop online programs,” said Laura Jolly, vice president for instruction. “He has a proven record of leadership, innovation and faculty engagement related to online teaching and learning. I am confident that his knowledge, experience and collaboration with faculty will take our Office of Online Learning to the next level.”

Bailey will provide the leadership for OOL to support academic departments’ development and delivery of undergraduate and graduate courses and degrees.

Bailey held teaching and leadership positions at Pennsylvania State University for 15 years. Most recently he served as the assistant dean of online learning and education technology, the director of the e-Learning Institute and assistant professor in the College of Arts and Architecture. In that role, Bailey oversaw the delivery of an online learning portfolio of more than 50 online and blended courses and three online programs. He created the continuous quality improvement process (e-LCQI) to evaluate the design of the college’s online courses and established an e-Learning Faculty Fellowship program to engage faculty in the collaborative development of online learning courses.

Bailey collaborated with academic deans and interdisciplinary faculty as well as the Penn State World Campus to strategically identify, select, design and deliver the college’s online curriculum. In addition, he implemented a design, development and delivery approach that has been adopted by six other colleges and one campus at Penn State. As a campus leader, Bailey served on Penn State’s Online Coordinating Council, e-Education Council and MOOC Strategy Team.

“The culture that surrounds the University of Georgia is ideal for collaborating with faculty, staff and administrators to develop online curricula that meet the evolving needs of 21st-century learners,” Bailey said. “I am looking forward to building a highly engaging environment, one which will create quality educational experiences.”

Bailey earned a bachelor of science degree in adult health and fitness and a master’s degree in instructional technology from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. He received his doctoral degree in workforce education, training and development from Penn State. He has presented at numerous conferences and published articles, papers and book chapters on education and technology.