Director, Auburn Online
Asim Ali provides oversight to the implementation of strategic online learning initiatives including Auburn Online, a unit designed to offer value-added services in support of high-quality online academic programs and courses. Directing a team of instructional, multimedia and graphic designers, audio and video production specialists, software developers, student success support and marketing specialists, Ali administers innovative for-credit and professional development learning experiences that are engaging, high-quality, and demand-driven.
Ali holds a bachelor’s degree in software engineering from the Ginn College of Engineering and a master’s in Information Systems Management from the Harbert College of Business. Ali is currently working toward a doctoral degree in Adult Education from Auburn University.
Ali was elected to serve as the chair of the Online Administration Network of UPCEA, a national professional organization of over 400 online program administrators, beginning in March 2019. In recognition of his work toward building an active and interconnected local community, Ali was awarded the Alabama Interfaith Bridgebuilder Award in 2018 by a national civil rights organization.
Shawndra Bowers joined the Auburn Online team as an Instructional Designer in September 2015. In this capacity, she is responsible for planning and coordinating activities for online course design and development. Shawndra has been an Instructional Designer at other institutions of higher education for nearly a decade. She has served as a faculty member in the field of instructional technology, developing and teaching undergraduate and graduate online courses, and has also been a university eLearning Coordinator, providing training, facilitating online certification courses, and consulting with university leaders to coordinate and grow online programming efforts. Shawndra has spoken at numerous conferences including the BbWorld, EDUCAUSE, OLC ET4Online, the DLA Conference, ISTE, NCPEA, and USDLA. Her research interests include curriculum and technology integration, technology professional development, distance learning, with a focus on online as well as one-to-one and mobile technology initiatives. Shawndra holds a BS in Business and Public Administration, a MAED in Curriculum & Technology. Currently, she is a doctoral candidate (ABD) in Educational Leadership, Policy and Law working on completing her dissertation in the area of online education policy.
Alli Smalley Bracewell
Student Success Coordinator
Media Production Specialist, Videographer, Lightboard Studio Manager
Roland DeWitt grew up in Auburn, AL. Since age 13 he has had a passion for recording and mixing live music. He began recording concerts at age 14 and has been pursuing a career in Audio / Video Production ever since. Roland currently is a Videographer & Media Specialist at Auburn Online. He is also the Studio Manager for the Learning Glass at Auburn Online, located at 118G Foy Hall.
Marketing, Documentation, and Events Planning Assistant
Kristin Forthofer joined the Auburn Online team in August 2015. She implements Auburn Online marketing projects and compiles and processes documentation from faculty for online course accreditation. In addition to her role on the Auburn Online team, Kristin is an instructor Auburn’s Harbert College of Business. Kristin has an undergraduate degree in Management Information Systems from Auburn University and graduate degrees in Business and Marketing Education (Auburn) and Business Administration (The Citadel).When not working, Kristin enjoys spending time reading a good book, traveling, and spending time with her husband and 3 children.
Betsy works with faculty to incorporate active and engaged learning into online classes, transition traditional classes to the online space, and provides one-on-one consultation sessions for faculty and GTAs related to online course design.
Videography and Video Production
Instructional Design Assistant
Auburn Online also has the following student employees who play instrumental roles:
Steven Bailey, Design Team
Christine Chen, Design Team
Jasmine Gomez, Instructional Design Graduate Assistant
Yunfan “August” Lin, Design Team
Robby March, Software Developer
Jeremy Roberts, Software Developer
A.J. Sakyi-Addo, Design Team
Ali Sattari, Design Team Graduate Asst.
MaKayla Smith, Accessibility and Course Build Support
Katherine Stewart, Recording Studio assistant
Jackson Theimer, Accessibility and Course Build Support
Tiffany Tung, Design Team Graduate Assistant
Holden Wells, Software Developer
Talented, creative people who enjoy being productive by building impactful learning experiences can contact Asim Ali to explore work opportunities.