Digital Learning Initiative (DLI) Symposium Presenter Profiles

Digital Learning Initiatives and Innovation Throughout the UNC System

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Eli Collins-Brown
Wanda White
Bart Ganzert
Antionette Moore








Dr. Eli Collins-Brown, Eli Collins-Brown, Ed.D., Director, Coulter Faculty Commons for Excellence in Teaching & Learning, Western Carolina University,, 828-227-2093

Dr. Collins-Brown has been working in higher education for 20+ years as a curriculum developer, instructional designer, technologist, instructor and leader. Her focus has been on web-based, blended and online education but over the years has branched into the improvement of teaching and learning environments in all modalities, and educational/faculty development. Eli’s work centers on creating effective and meaningful learning environments, with or without technology. Through her research and practice, Eli has found that using evidence-based best practices and a pedagogical approach, technology-supported instruction can create significant learning experiences in different modalities that enhance engagement, discussion, access to content and connectedness to students.

Eli is the director of the Coulter Faculty Commons for Excellent in Teaching & Learning at Western Carolina University. Prior to joining WCU, she was the founding director of the Center for Innovative and Transformative Instruction at Winston-Salem State University. She also has been teaching online since 2003, first for the University of Phoenix and for the University of Maryland University College since 2009.  She has worked at a variety of institutions, from a single-purpose nursing college, school of medicine, regional research I institution, HBCU, and fully online institutions.

Eli has been a member of the PODNetwork since 2004, serving as chair of the Digital Resources Incubator and the Scholarship committee, as well as serving on the board of directors from 2011-2014. She serves as a peer review for HLC and Quality Matters and is involved in Educause ELI.

Dr. Wanda White is the Interim Director of the Center for Innovative and Transformative Instruction and Senior Faculty Development Specialist
WSSU;, 336-750-8613.

Dr. Bart Ganzert is  a Faculty Development Specialist, WSSU;, 336-750-8693

Dr Ganzert is a Faculty Development Specialist with the Center for Innovative and  Transformative Instruction at Winston-Salem State University. He brings fifteen-plus years of higher education experience to the center, including work with curriculum alignment, teaching technology, course development, innovative teaching methods and adult learning.

Ganzert holds a doctorate degree in education as well as an educational specialist degree in adult  education from Appalachian State University. HIs dissertation focused on dual enrollment success. He holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree, both in English from Wake Forest University. He is a member of the POD network and holds certifications in Adobe, Blackboard and Quality Matters.

Dr. Antionette Moore is the Assistant Director of Technology Integration Group, IT Technology and Learning Coordinator for the Office of Information Technology, WSSU;, 336-750 – 3036

Dr. Antionette Moore is the Assistant Director of Technology Integration Group and IT Technology and Learning Coordinator for OIT at Winston – Salem State University (WSSU).  She has more than 20 years of experience in higher education and over 20 years of experience in Instructional Technology and Information Technology.

In her role at WSSU, Antionette provides:

  • Primary support for managing technology application development

  • Applications systems support

  • Applications process development

  • Enterprise systems training and development coordination for the OIT systems

  • Applications, and functional or technical end – user processes

In addition, she provides systems management, training and end – user support for WSSU Learning Management Systems (LMS) and associated applications. She has held leadership positions on many significant projects, including the Digital Literacy Initiative at WSSU, LMS transitions, 2016-2021 WSSU Strategic Plan Council Member, and 2016-2021 WSSU Office of Information Technology Strategic Plan Chair.  Additionally, she is an adjunct faculty member in the School of Health Sciences.

Antionette holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in Curriculum and Instruction from New Mexico State University, Master of Science in Instructional Technology from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems from High Point University, and Associate of Applied Science in Computer Office Automation Technology from Guilford Technical Community College.

Dr. Moore is a member National Association of Professional Women and she was featured in the February 3, 2016 member spotlight. She is also a member of the American Educational Research Association, and the Greensboro Health Disparities Collaborative.


Digital literacy is one of the top skills employers are looking for in new graduates. Data scientists, researchers, marketing specialists, news outlets, retailers, and bloggers use digital products to communicate their message through web pages, infographics, videos, photos, etc. Students who graduate with a portfolio of digital products created using industry-standard programs to demonstrate their learning is going to be more competitive in the job market. Thus WSSU is the first HBCU in the nation to become an Adobe Creative Campus, providing free licenses to Adobe CC to all faculty, staff, and students. We are focusing on teaching faculty how to reimagine and revise their course assignments and assessments to be digital products; so instead of a 10-page research paper, the student creates a Spark web pages to convey the results. Instead of reading about social justice issues and experiences, the student record video interviews with people in the community and create a powerful video message. We will share the stories from the faculty who implemented digital literacy in their courses and examples of student products.

Spark Presentation

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