Thomas Tobin, PhD
Author, Speaker, and Consultant, State College, Pennsylvania
Thomas J. Tobin spent five years as the coordinator of Learning Technologies in the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago and is now a faculty developer and professional consultant in State College, Pennsylvania. He is an internationally recognized speaker and author on topics related to quality in distance education, especially copyright, evaluation of teaching practice, academic integrity, and accessibility/universal design for learning. Since the advent of online courses in higher education in the late 1990s, Tobin’s work has focused on using technology to extend the reach of higher education beyond its traditional audience. He advocates for the educational rights of people with disabilities and people from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Tobin serves on the editorial boards of InSight: A Journal of Scholarly Teaching, the Journal of Interactive Online Learning, and the Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration. He co-authored Evaluating Online Teaching: Implementing Best Practices (Wiley, 2015) with Jean Mandernach and Ann H. Taylor. His comic book on copyright entitled The Copyright Ninja: Rise of the Ninja teaches college and university faculty members, support staff, and campus leaders about copyright, fair use, licensing, and permissions.