The University of Arizona

Matt Romanoski Named to OLC's Inaugural Class of 'Emerging Scholars'

The Online Learning Consortium (OLC) recently announced Matthew Romanoski, Senior Instructional Designer in the Office of Digital Learning (ODL) at the University of Arizona, has been selected to join OLC’s first inaugural class of ‘Emerging Scholars’.

The Emerging Scholars program provides current and recently graduated doctoral students the opportunity to contribute to research projects in the OLC Research Center. Scholars also have the ability to collaborate with institutions and organizations around the world on research and network with peers and mentors in the digital learning field.

“Emerging Scholars is a unique program in the digital learning arena,” said Kathleen Ives, D.M., Online Learning Consortium, in OLC’s official press release. “[The program] offers the OLC community the chance to engage with the next generation of digital learning researchers and practitioners and help them advance their careers.”

Calls for Emerging Scholars took place last fall, and generated applications from all around the world. After a rigorous review process, four scholars were selected:

  • Matthew Romanoski, University of Arizona, Arizona
  • Elaine Beirne, Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland
  • Katherine McAlvage, Marylhurst University, Oregon
  • Mary Rice, University of New Mexico, New Mexico

“These graduate students bring unique professional perspectives and research interests from varied institutions, and we are thrilled to welcome them as Emerging Scholars,” said Jill Buban, Ph.D., senior director, research and innovation, Online Learning Consortium. “It’s also exciting to launch a program like Emerging Scholars – perhaps the first of its kind in the digital learning space to provide doctoral students an opportunity for hands-on research and networking within the field.”

Romanoski’s research is centered around how faculty can create a more engaging digital learning experience. As part of his work in the Office of Digital Learning, Romanoski collaborates with faculty and community members to leverage innovative technologies and effective pedagogical approaches in order to design, develop, and implement exemplary online programs.

Through collaboration with ODL, UA Online offers the best, most interactive curriculum, helping the online platform ascend to the top 15 percent of best online undergraduate programs in the nation, according to the latest U.S. News and World Report rankings.