Project Manager for University Initiatives
Asim Ali started as Project Manager for University Initiatives in May 2014. In this capacity, he currently provides oversight for the implementation of online learning initiatives linked to the Strategic Plan.
Asim Ali earned a B.S. in software engineering from the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering in 2004, and a M.S. in Information Systems Management from the Harbert College of Business in 2011. In 2004, Ali was hired as Information Technology Specialist in the College of Education. The position grew in responsibility from faculty and staff support to oversight of technology and assessment data collection related projects. In 2012, Ali served as the A&P Presidential Fellow, exploring administrators’ use of technology to gain efficiency. In 2013, Ali was selected to serve on the eLearning Work Group. The eLearning Work Group developed the eLearning strategic goals for the 2013-2018 Strategic Plan, and advises the administration on eLearning matters. Ali currently co-chairs the group. Ali is currently working toward a Ph.D. in Adult Education from Auburn University. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his family, and gaining new experiences through travel.
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.
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.
Andrew Lee is the Creative Lead for Auburn Online. He is a native of Auburn and proud graduate of Auburn University with a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Design. He is a details-oriented designer who strives for excellence and enjoys lending design expertise to enhance content and materials for learning.With his extensive experience in many design fields, Andrew draws from previous mobile app development, web and kiosk design to implement beautiful, engaging user interface and user experience design. His work in a diverse range of marketing and advertising fields provides strong graphic design, photography, branding, and communication skills to strengthen the creative team within Auburn Online. Andrew’s industrial design background in product design emphasizes the importance for research and observation within the online and digital application of teaching and engaging students for their success.
Auburn Online also has the following student employees who play instrumental roles:
Shelby Chandler, Accessibility and Course Build Support
Jasmine Gomez, Instructional Design Graduate Assistant
Gail Harper Yeilding, Instructional Design Graduate Assistant
Jeremy Roberts, Software Developer
Ahmad Safder, Software Developer
A.J. Sakyi-Addo, Design Team
Tiffany Tung, Design Team Graduate Assistant
Talented, creative people who enjoy being productive by building impactful learning experiences should share their interest in working with Auburn Online with Asim Ali.