Jason Rhode, Ph.D.

Associate Vice Provost for Teaching, Learning, and Digital Education
ACUE Distinguished Teaching Scholar


Responsibilities

Jason is a champion for academic excellence and supports and promotes a student-centric and equity-minded approach in all facets of his position. He provides direction for the Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning (CITL) and oversees university-wide accreditation and digital learning. In his role he functions as the chief digital learning officer and defines and implements processes to deliver high quality digital learning.

Education

  • Ph.D., Instructional Design for Online Learning, Capella University, 2008
  • M.Ed., Curriculum and Instruction, Seattle Pacific University, 2003
  • B.A., Children's Ministries, North Central University, 2000
  • Blackboard Catalyst Award for Exemplary Course Design in recognition of innovative and engaging online course design and development for NIU ETRA online course, ETR 520 – Introduction to Educational Research, 2022.
  • Blackboard Catalyst Award for Exemplary Course Design in recognition of innovative and engaging online course design and development for NIU ETRA online course, ETT 329 – Learning in the Digital Age, 2022.
  • Blackboard Catalyst Award for Exemplary Course Design in recognition of innovative and engaging online course design and development for NIU ETRA online course, ETT 570 – Instructional Technology Leadership, 2022.
  • Supportive Professional Staff Council Award for Partnership and Collaboration in recognition of demonstrated willingness to partner, cooperate, and collaborate for the betterment of the NIU community, 2022.
  • Values in Barsema Exhibited (VIBE) Award, NIU College of Business, 2021.
  • Supportive Professional Staff Council Award for Institutional Advancement in recognition of leadership in activities, programs and/or research that helped advance their department and the university, 2021.
  • Top 30 Technologists, Transformers and Trailblazers for 2016 by the Center for Digital Education in recognition of leadership in transforming the education landscape through the use of digital tools.
  • Supportive Professional Staff Council Award for Excellence in Supervision in recognition of outstanding leadership and ethical practices when supervising professional and student staff, 2016.
  • Blackboard Catalyst Award for Exemplary Course Design in recognition of innovative and engaging online course design and development for NIU ETRA online course, ETT 571 – Instructional Technology Program Development, 2016.
  • Blackboard Catalyst Award for Exemplary Course Design in recognition of innovative and engaging online course design and development for NIU ETRA online course, ETT 511 – Advanced Instructional Media Design, 2016.
  • Blackboard Catalyst Award for Exemplary Course Design in recognition of innovative and engaging online course design and development for NIU ETRA online course, ETT 510 – Instructional Media & Technology. ** This course is the first ever such recipient from NIU to receive this prestigious recognition, 2014.
  • Blackboard Key to the Community Award in recognition of outstanding service in sharing best practices with other institutions using Blackboard, 2013.
  • Inaugural Blackboard MVP (one of only 17 Blackboard faculty support experts chosen worldwide) in recognition of exceptional leadership, knowledge, and ongoing contributions to Blackboard client community, 2013.
  • Supportive Professional Staff Presidential Award for Excellence from the NIU Supportive Professional Staff Council in recognition of outstanding contributions to NIU and the Supportive Professional Staff, 2012.
  • SLATE Star Award in recognition of outstanding contributions and dedicated service to SLATE – Supporting Learning And Technology in Education, Midwest Blackboard User’s Group, 2008

Refereed Journal Articles

Richter, S., Rhode, J., Arado, T., & Parks, M. (2021). Principles for conducting a comprehensive LMS review. The Community College Enterprise, 27(2), 89-94.

Rhode, J., Richter, S., Gowen, P., Miller, T. & Wills, C. (2017). Understanding faculty use of the learning management system. Online Learning, 21(3), 68-86. https://doi.org/10.24059/olj.v21i3.1217

Cowan, J., Richter, S., Miller, T., Rhode, J., Click, A., & Underwood, J. (2017). Building a sustainable Quality MattersTM community of practice through social network analysis. The American Journal of Distance Education, 31(3), 160-172. https://doi.org/10.1080/08923647.2017.1316154

Rhode, J., Richter, S., & Miller, T. (2017). Designing personalized online teaching professional development through self-assessment. TechTrends, 61(5), 444-451. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11528-017-0211-3

Rhode, J., & Krishnamurthi, M. (2016). Preparing faculty to teach online: Recommendations for developing self-paced training. International Journal of Information and Educational Technology, 6(5), 376-382. https://doi.org/10.7763/IJIET.2016.V6.717

Rhode, J., Richter, S., Gowen, P., & Krishnamurthi, M. (2015). Measuring digital professional development: Analytics for the use of web and social media. Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education, 7(1), 19-31. https://doi.org/10.1108/JARHE-02-2014-0023

Rhode, J. (2009). Interaction equivalency in self-paced online learning environments: An exploration of learner preferences. The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 10(1). https://doi.org/10.19173/irrodl.v10i1.603

Book Chapters

Rhode, J. (2019). My unintentional journey into distance education leadership. In C. T. Miller and A. A. Piña (Eds.), Lessons in Leadership in the Field of Educational Technology. Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-29501-1_11

Rhode, J., & Krishnamurthi, M. (2013). A consultations tracking database system for improving faculty development consultation services. In J. E. Groccia and L. Cruz (Eds.), To improve the academy: Resources for faculty, instructional, and organizational development, 32 (199-214). San Francisco, CA: Jossey Bass.

Refereed Conference Proceeding Papers

Rhode, J., Cook, V., Branon, R., & Schroeder, R. (2018). Coping with institutional change. Paper published in the proceedings of the 34th Annual Distance Teaching and Learning Conference, Madison, WI.

Rhode, J., & Krishnamurthi, M. (2018). Considerations for institutional instructional technology decision-making. Paper published in the proceedings of the 6th Annual International Conference on Information and Education Technology, Osaka, Japan. https://doi.org/10.1145/3178158.3178179

Rhode, J., & Miller, T. (2017). Essentials for preparing to teach an existing online course on short notice. Paper published in the proceedings of the 33rd Annual Distance Teaching and Learning Conference, Madison, WI.

Rhode, J., & Krishnamurthi, M. (2017). From frameworks to practice: Selecting technology tools for instructional integration. Paper published in the proceedings of the 5th Annual International Conference on Information and Education Technology, Tokyo, Japan. https://doi.org/10.1145/3029387.3029396

Cowan, J., Click, A., Miller, T., Rhode, J., Richter, S., Sussman, M., & Underwood, J. (2015). Social network analysis as a design-based research tool in deploying university-wide online quality course standards. Paper published in the proceedings of the 2015 AECT Convention, Indianapolis, IN.

Cabrera, D., Krishnamurthi, M., & Rhode, J. (2010). Design and implementation of an online quick guide tutorial to promote responsible authorship. Paper published in the proceedings of the 2010 EdMedia World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications, Toronto, Canada.

Cabrera, C., Krishnamurthi, M., & Rhode, J. (2007). Promoting research mentoring and collaboration through flash-based role simulation. Paper published in the proceedings of the 2007 EdMedia World Conference on Educational Media and Technology, Vancouver, Canada.

Krishnamurthi, M. & Rhode, J. (2006). Promoting academic integrity through an online module. Paper published in the proceedings of the 2006 American Society for Engineering Education Conference, Chicago, IL.

Cabrera, D., Krishnamurthi, M., & Rhode, J. (2005). Online multimedia module on responsible conduct on research data management. Paper published in the proceedings of the Ed-Media 2005 World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications, Montreal, QC.

Conference Presentations

Varma, S., Ren, X. Rhode, J., & Velez-Solic, A. (2022, August). Challenges and opportunities in online administration in higher education. Presented at 2022 Distance Teaching and Learning Converence, Online.

Rhode, J. (2022, April). Should I stay or should I go? Conducting a comprehensive LMS review at your institution. Presented at UPCEA Annual Conference 2022, Orlando, FL.

Rhode, J., & Pyke, J. G. (2021, November). Strategic alignment and the accelerating evolution of faculty development. Presented at University of Arizona Global Campus Teaching and Learning Conference 2021, Online.

McFarren, C., Evanick, J., Sutzko, E., Rhode, J., Pyke, J. G., Rettler-Pagel, T., & Meloy, M. (2021, November). CETLs unite! Teaching excellence initiatives across departments and institutions. Presented at University of Arizona Global Campus Teaching and Learning Conference 2021, Online.

Richter, S., Rhode, J., Parks, M., & Ihm, D. (2021, October). Should I stay or should I go? Conducting a comprehensive LMS review at your institution. Presented at EDUCAUSE Annual Conference 2021, Online.

Rhode, J., Richter, S., & Arado, T. (2021, September). Should I stay or should I go? Conducting a comprehensive LMS review at your institution. Presented at Online Learning Consortium Accelerate 2021, Online.

Richter, S., & Rhode, J. (2021, July). Should I stay or should I go? Conducting a comprehensive LMS review at your institution. Presented at 2021 Blackboard World Educational Technology Conference, Online.

Smothers, A., Rhode, J., Richter, S., Cabrera, D.M. (2021, May). The ethics of online teaching. Presented at Faculty Summer Institute, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Online.

Anderson, M., York, C., Park, Y. S., & Rhode, J. (2020, November). Assessing faculty behavioral intention to use educational technology in inquiry-based learning activities. Presented at the 2020 Association for Educational Communication and Technology International Convention, Columbus, OH.

Rhode, J., Richter, S., Miller, T., & Underwood, J. (2020, February). Changing landscape of online teaching and instructional design support. Presented at University Professional and Continuing Education Association Summit for Online Leadership and Administration, New Orleans, LA.

Rhode, J. (2019, November). Launching an online program management partnership. Presented at Online Learning Consortium Accelerate 2019, Orlando, FL.

Richter, S., Rhode, J., & Miller, T. (2019, November). Benchmarking teaching and learning center support for online and distance learning. Presented at 44th Annual POD Network Conference, Pittsurgh, PA.

Rhode, J., Richter, S., & Miller, T. (2018, November). Benchmarking teaching and learning center support for online and distance learning: A delphi study. Presented at Online Learning Consortium Accelerate 2018, Orlando, FL.

Richter, S., & Rhode, J. (2018, July). From self-hosted to SaaS: A roadmap for success Presented at 2018 Blackboard World Educational Technology Conference, Orlando, FL.

Rhode, J. (2018, May). Better together: Restructuring a teaching center with e-learning services. Presented at 2018 United States Distance Learning Association National Conference, Indianapolis, IN.

Rhode, J. (2017, November). Reimagining institutional models for online program development and support. Presented at Online Learning Consortium Accelerate 2017, Orlando, FL.

Richter, S., Gowen, P., & Rhode, J. (2017, July). Digging deeper: Discovering how and why faculty use Blackboard Learn. Presented at the 2017 Blackboard World Educational Technology Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Richter, S., Miller, T., & Rhode, J. (2017, April). Analyzing faculty motivation for using the learning management system. Presented at the Online Learning Consortium Innovate 2017 Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Rhode, J., Dysart, S., & Boncuore, C. (2017, March). Transitioning from operations to strategy: What the aspiring online leader needs to know. Presented at 102nd Annual University Professional and Continuing Education Association Conference, Chicago, IL.

Rhode, J. (2016, November). Promise and perils of mobile streaming video using periscope. Presented at OLC Accelerate 2016, Orlando, FL.

Rhode, J., & Richter, S. (2016, July). The Blackboard Portfolio tool: Features, uses, and campus-wide implementation process. Presented at the 2016 Blackboard World Educational Technology Conference, Las Vegas, NV.

Rhode, J., Richter, S., & Geronimo, J. (2016, July). Blackboard Collaborate: Strategies and considerations for institutional adoption. Presented at the 2016 Blackboard World Educational Technology Conference, Las Vegas, NV.

Rhode, J., & Scheidenhelm, C. (2015, October). Hallmarks of excellence in online leadership. Presented at the 13th Annual SLATE Conference, Naperville, IL.

Miller, T., Richter, S., & Rhode, J. (2015, October). An online teaching readiness self-assessment to guide faculty in a personalized framework of professional development. Presented at the 13th Annual SLATE Conference, Naperville, IL.

Rhode, J. (2014, October). Designing competency-based self-paced online workshops for introducing faculty to online teaching technologies. Presented at the 20th Annual Online Learning Consortium International Conference on Online Learning, Orlando, FL.

Rhode, J., & Click, A. (2014, October). Where eLearning meets Faculty Development: Providing seamless online program development support services. Presented at the 12th Annual SLATE Conference, Naperville, IL.

Rhode, J. (2014, October). Designing exemplary online courses in Blackboard. Presented at the 12th Annual SLATE Conference, Naperville, IL.

Scheidenhelm, C., & Rhode, J. (2014, October). Contemporary issues in higher education and online learning. Presented at the 12th Annual SLATE Conference, Naperville, IL.

Johnson, Y., & Rhode, J. (2015, October). The Blackboard portfolio tool: Features, uses and campus-wide implementation process. Presented at the 13th Annual SLATE Conference, Naperville, IL.

Rhode, J., & Stange, M. (2014, July). Trends in online learning. Presented at the 2014 Blackboard World Educational Technology Conference, Las Vegas, NV. | slides

Rhode, J. (2014, July). Being present and engaging students using Blackboard Video Everywhere. Presented at the 2014 Blackboard World Educational Technology Conference, Las Vegas, NV.

Rhode, J. (2014, April). Ready, set, record: Being present and engaging students online using YouTube. Presented at the 7th Annual Sloan Consortium International Symposium on Emerging Technologies for Online Learning, Dallas, TX.

Rhode, J. (2013, November). Designing self-paced training modules as the foundation of online faculty certification. Presented at the 19th Annual Sloan Consortium International Conference on Online Learning, Orlando, FL.

Richter, S., Miller, T., & Rhode, J. (2013, October). Designing and developing a MOOC: Lessons from experience. Presented at the 11th Annual SLATE Conference, Naperville, IL.

Rhode, J. (2013, July). Enterprise surveys and course evaluations: Features and considerations for institutional adoption. Presented at the 2013 Blackboard World Educational Technology Conference, Las Vegas, NV.

Rhode, J., & Richter, S. (2013, July). Offering online professional development for faculty using a cross-platform strategy. Presented at the 2013 Blackboard World Educational Technology Conference, Las Vegas, NV.

Rhode, J., & Richter, S. (2013, July). Lessons from tacos and pizza: The importance of 24/7 access for students. Presented at the 2013 Blackboard World Educational Technology Conference, Las Vegas, NV.

Rhode, J., & Geronimo, J. (2013, May). Offering online professional development for faculty using a cross-platform strategy. Presented at the 2013 Blackboard Never Stop Learning Tour, Chicago, IL.

Rhode, J. (2012, October). Best practices teaching with Twitter. Presented at the 10th Annual SLATE Conference, Naperville, IL.

Rhode, J. (2012, October). Upgrading is not an uphill battle: How NIU easily transitioned to Blackboard Collaborate. Presented at the 10th Annual SLATE Conference, Naperville, IL.

Rhode, J. (2012, July). LMS Upgrade: Roadmap for successful implementation. Presented at the 2012 Blackboard World Educational Technology Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Rhode, J., Moore, V., Arora, R. (2012, July). Northern Illinois University: Success with Blackboard Collaborate, Blackboard Learn, Blackboard Mobile, and more. Presented at the 2012 Blackboard World Educational Technology Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Crawley, S., Lim, D., Rhode, J., Smith, R., Tao, D. (2012, July). Blackboard Collaborate upgrade panel. Presented at the 2012 Blackboard Collaborate Connections Summit, New Orleans, LA.

Boncuore, C., Rhode, J., Sadowski, K., & Tuttle, H. (2012, July). Rock on, SLATE! An up close look at how a Blackboard user group has impacted teaching, learning and support of technology in the midwest. Presented at the 2012 Blackboard World Educational Technology Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Rhode, J. (2012, July). Have your cake and eat it too! Podcasting online faculty development programs using Blackboard Collaborate MP4 archives. Presented at the 2012 Blackboard Collaborate Connections Summit, New Orleans, LA.

Rhode, J. (2011, November). Text messaging in online teaching: An online educator's journey. Presented at the 17th Annual Sloan Consortium International Conference on Online Learning, Orlando, FL.

Rhode, J. (2011, November). Designing mobile-friendly courses. Presented at the 2011 College of Lake County Technology Conference, Grays Lake, IL.

Conlon, C., Rhode, J., Richter, S., & Urban, O. (2011, October). LMS upgrade: Roadmap for successful implementation. Presented at the 9th Annual SLATE Conference, Chicago, IL. | handout / links

Rhode, J. (2011, October). Teaching with iPads: Tips and techniques. Presented at the 2011 Illinois Association for Educational Communications and Technology Annual Conference, Kishwaukee College, Malta, IL.

Bowen, K., Rhode, J., & Zink, H. (2011, April). Mobile communication strategies. Presented at the Going Mobile in Higher Ed: International Online Conference 2011.

Rhode, J. (2011, April). Mobile microblogging: Easily share text, photos, audio, and video with a single app. Presented at the Mobile Learning Experience 2011, Phoenix, AZ.

Rhode, J. (2011, February). Social bookmarking: Keep track of and share your online favorites using diigo. Presented at the 2011 Urban Teachers Conference, Concordia University Chicago, Chicago, IL./p>

Stark, C., Scheidenhelm, C., Christophero, M., & Rhode, J. (2010, October). e-Portfolios: Why and how. Presented the at the 8th Annual SLATE Conference, Chicago, IL.

Rhode, J. (2010, September). Social bookmarking 2.0: Research, share and collaborate online using diigo. Presented at the 2010 Illinois Association for Educational Communications and Technology Annual Conference, Kishwaukee College, Malta, IL.

Rhode, J. (2010, March). Podcasting online faculty development workshops using Wimba Classroom. Presented at Wimba Connect 2010, Orlando, FL.

Rhode, J., & Richter, S. (2009, October) Blogger beware: Teaching with blogs best practices. Presented at the 7th SLATE Conference, Chicago, IL.

Rhode, J. (2008, November). Using educational social software to foster socially constructed self-paced learning. Presented at the 2008 Association for Educational Communication and Technology International Convention, Orlando, FL.

Rhode, J. (2008, May). The chicken or the Elgg? Developing a socially constructed self-paced learning environment. Presented at the 2008 Sloan-C International Symposium on Emerging Technology Applications for Online Learning, Carefree, AZ.

Rhode, J. (2008, April). Review of effective web 2.0 technology and best practices for instruction. Presented at the 2009 ITL Virtual Conference at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Rhode, J. (2008, April). Google everything: Review of Google tools for teaching and learning. Presented at the 2009 ITL Virtual Conference at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Rhode, J., & Constant, S. (2008, October). Trends in education and technology: Best practices in online instruction. Presented at the 6th Annual SLATE Conference, Chicago, IL.

Rhode, J. (2007, October). Web 2.0 gizmos and gadgets: Moving beyond the walls of Blackboard. Presented at the 5th Annual SLATE Conference, Chicago, IL.

Cabrera, D., Krishnamurthi, M., & Rhode, J. (2007, June). Promoting research mentoring and collaboration through flash-based role simulation. Presented at the Ed-Media 2007 World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications, Vancouver, BC.

Cabrera, D., Krishnamurthi, M., & Rhode, J. (2007, April). Promoting responsible conduct of research through online quick guides. Presented at the 10th Annual Teaching and Learning with Technology Conference, West Lafayette, IN.

Rhode, J. (2006, October). The RSS revolution: Using blogs and podcasts to distribute learning content. Presented at the 4th Annual SLATE Conference, Chicago, IL. 

Scheidenhelm, C. S. & Rhode, J. (2006, March). Collaborative technology support: Can't we all just get along? Presented at the Educause Midwest Regional Conference 2006, Chicago, IL.

Rhode, J. (2005, Oct. 28). Two sides of the coin: Preparing students for online learning. Presented at the 3rd Annual SLATE Conference, Chicago, IL.

Posters and Exhibits

Davis, M., Sheingold, B., & Rhode, J. (2022, April). Uncovering student needs. Poster presented at the 2022 UPCEA Annual Conference, Orlando, FL.

Rhode, J. & Richter, S. (2021, October). Should I stay or should I go? Conducting an LMS Review at Your Institution. Poster presented at the 2021 UPCEA Regions Week, Virtual.

Rhode, J. & Hodges, B. (2017, April). Faculty development’s road to assessment: Lessons learning and data-driven actions taken. Poster presented at the 2017 Northern Illinois University Assessment Expo, DeKalb, IL.

Miller, T., Richter, S., & Rhode, J. (2016, November). Designing personalized online teaching professional development through self-assessment. Poster presented at the 41st Annual Professional and Organizational Development Network Conference, Louisville, KY.

Rhode, J. (2014, July). ETT 510: Instructional media and technology. Poster presented at the 2014 Blackboard World Educational Technology Conference, Las Vegas, NV.

Rhode, J. & Richter, S. (2013, July). Cross-platform strategy for staff development. Poster presented at the 2013 Blackboard World Educational Technology Conference, Las Vegas, NV.

Cabrera, D., Krishnamurthi, M., & Rhode, J. (2006, October). Promoting responsible peer review and publishing through interactive e-learning experience. Poster presented at the Responsible Conduct of Research Expo, Quebec City, Quebec.

Invited Keynote Sessions at Conferences

Rhode, J. (2019, March). Principles and practices for promoting quality in online education. Keynote presentation at the 2019 TOPkit Workshop, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL.

Rhode, J. (2018, March). Approaching the bleeding edge: Possibilities and practices for learning technology integration. Keynote presentation at the 2018 Distance Learning Conference, Elgin Community College, Elgin, IL.

Rhode, J. (2013, March). Social teaching strategies for engaging today's active learner. Keynote presentation at the 2013 Western Illinois University Symposium on Teaching, Research and Creative Activities, Macomb, IL.

Rhode, J. (2012, July). Teaching online in the mobile age. Keynote presentation at the 2012 Missouri Distance Learning Association Conference, St. Louis, MO.

Rhode, J. (2011, November). Teaching and learning in the mobile age. Keynote presentation at the 2011 College of Lake County Technology Conference, Grays Lake, IL.

Invited Presentations

Rhode, J., Gallatin, C., Kim, J. (2022, June). Designing inclusive classrooms: Recommendations on where to start. Webinar presentation for WCET, online.

This badge recognizes that the individual has received the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE) Credential in Effective College Instruction, which is endorsed by the American Council on Education (ACE)
Online Learning Consortium Institute for Emerging Leadership in Online Learning
Applying the QM Rubric Workshop
ACUE Microcredential in Creating an Inclusive and Supportive Learning Environment
ACUE Microcredential in Supporting Active Learning
ACUE Microcredential in Aspiring Inquiry and Preparing Lifelong Learners
ACUE Microcredential in Designing Student-Centered Courses
ACUE Microcredential in Inclusive Teaching for Equitable Learning
Blackboard Exemplary Course Program Winner
Blackboard Exemplary Course Program Reviewer
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