Stephanie Barry, a graduate of the UH Mānoa College of Education Department of Educational Technology (ETEC), was recently employed by Google as an instructional designer. As part of a contract, Barry is helping to create Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) on Google’s open source learning platform, called Course Builder, and advising on online learning best practices.
Barry said that this is her dream job and credits the college with preparing her for it. While working in the college’s Technology & Distance Programs (TDP), Barry assisted faculty with online course management (Laulima), Google tools, and other technology in face-to-face and online classes.
Creating high quality online classes as part of a collaborative team in the college’s Distance Course Design and Consulting (DCDC) group, Barry said she obtained “real world experience.”
“I benefitted from working in Paul McKimmy’s TDP group,” she continued. “ETEC professors taught me theoretical principals and technical skills that I was able to convert into income. Alumni gave us pointers on how to succeed in our master’s degree program and offered internships. And, I couldn’t have asked for better managers and mentors than Ari Eichelberger, Faye Furutomo, and Betsy Fulford. I am proud to be part of the College of Education alumni.”