Nationally Recognized Expert Gives Seminar on Online Education at Island University

Published: December 12, 2016

Nationally Recognized Expert Gives Seminar on Online Education at Island University

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi hosted Dr. Darcy Hardy, a nationally recognized expert in higher education during an intensive half-day faculty seminar held Nov. 22. More than 70 faculty and staff from all five colleges attended the keynote address and interactive workshop focused on the importance of online education and the effectiveness of retention techniques.

“Darcy also introduced Terianne Sousa who led faculty in an exercise that demonstrated how using online tools and resources can help engage and retain students,” said Dr. Lauren Cifuentes, Professor and Director of Distance Education and Learning Technologies. “We are thrilled that so many of our faculty choose to attend this wonderful series.”

The seminar was hosted by Project Graduation and Retention through Academic Diversity (GRAD), in collaboration with the Office of Distance Education and Learning Technologies, and is the second in a series of online learning-focused workshops to be offered over the next several semesters. The seminars focus on increasing the awareness and utility of online learning resources as a way to create an interactive teaching style. These new teaching styles include blended, fully-online and flipped course offerings, which allows students to focus classroom time on putting learning into practice.

“Project GRAD is honored to be a part of creating opportunities for faculty to engage in online instructional models and co-curricular activities,” said Jocelyn Gutierrez, Coordinator of Project GRAD.

With more than 25 years of experience in higher education distance and online learning, Hardy now leads a team of nationally recognized experts in higher education, K-12, e-learning and distance education, information technology, open source technologies, outcomes and assessment and analytics. She has served as Assistant Vice Provost for Technology Education Initiatives at the University of Texas at San Antonio, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at The University of Texas System, and Executive Director of the UT TeleCampus. Hardy received her PhD in Instructional Technology from The University of Texas at Austin in 1992.

Project GRAD at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi was formed to increase the preparedness, enrollment and graduation rates of high-need students. For more information on future events, please contact Jocelyn Gutierrez at or Dr. Lauren Cifuentes at