Brief Bio (for inclusion in programs, etc.)
Barry Dahl is the Sr. Community Manager at Desire2Learn, Ltd. For 16 months prior to that date, he was an independent contractor and consultant with a focus on e-Learning and educational technology. Barry has many years of experiences with speaking engagements, conference planning and hosting, e-Learning quality improvement, strategic planning for e-Learning growth and e-Services development, student surveys related to satisfaction and engagement, as well as on-campus and online workshops. Much of the information about his previous business venture can still be found at the Excellence in e-Education website.
In January, 2012, Barry founded the College Compact of Online and Blended Learning Administrators (CCOBLA). The mission of CCOBLA is to provide connections for collaboration and community-building among the men and women who serve in administrative positions in higher education with a focus on the issues related to online learning and/or blended learning. More information can be found at the CCOBLA website.
Barry previously served as the Vice President of Technology and Lake Superior Connect e-Campus at Lake Superior College (LSC) in Duluth, MN, where he was the senior administrator in charge of online learning at LSC. As Chief Technology Officer of the college, I had primary responsibility for the Computer Services department, Web and Information Services, and the e-Campus known as Lake Superior Connect.
Barry has two accounting degrees from Arizona State University, and served as an accounting faculty member for a total of 17 years, including 11 years of appointments at ASU, Florida Atlantic University, University of Minnesota Duluth, and then six years at LSC.
Barry served on the Board of Directors for the Instructional Technology Council from 2007 to 2011. The board concentrates on providing useful services to members schools (over 300) and holding the annual e-Learning conference at different sites around the U.S. He also served a two-year role on the Executive Committee of the Minnesota Online Council serving the first year (’05-06) as Chair-Elect and the second year (’06-07) as Chair.
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