OSRHE Appoints Gary Dotterer as Chair of COLE

Dr. Gary Dotterer

Dr. Gary Dotterer, director of the center for teaching and learning at Rogers State University will serve as the next chair for the Council for Online Learning Excellence.

The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education appointed Dr. Gary Dotterer, the director of the center for teaching and learning at Rogers State University, as the next chair for the Council for Online Learning Excellence. Dotterer begins his appointment July 1.

The COLE is comprised of individuals who have influence on the advancement of online and hybrid teaching and learning activities at state institutions throughout Oklahoma. Dr. Richard Beck, RSU vice president for academic affairs, is confident Dotterer will represent and serve Oklahoma and RSU well.

“Dr. Dotterer has shown himself to be extremely knowledgeable and a strong advocate for online learning while never loosing site of the students he serves. He will lead this organization with great vigor and seasoned experience. The organization and the state of Oklahoma will be well served by Dr. Dotterer,” Beck said.

In this role Dotterer will be responsible for coordination, management and communication of all council activities.  

“I am proud to represent our university and our state in this position. My goal is to push initiatives the committee is addressing regarding accessibility and policies. I will initiate possible shared resources for virtual reality and augmented reality in specific disciplines while providing services that aid those institutions who cannot afford some of the services, content or advanced technology content,” Dotterer said.

On the campus of RSU, Dotterer oversees the development, implementation and delivery of online education. The Center for Teaching and Learning serves as a primary resource for the exploration of new modes of teaching, strategies for assessing student learning and the integration of technology into the classroom.

RSU was the first university in Oklahoma, and one of the first in the nation, to offer bachelor’s and associate degrees entirely online. RSU focuses on excellence in teaching and learning while seeking to become a regional leader in Quality Matters approved distance education.