Karen Hardin began her career as an English teacher at Duncanville High School in 1990. During her six years in Duncanville, she served as the technology coordinator, guiding faculty through the integration of instructional technology. She came to Cameron University in 1996 as an educational technology coordinator supporting CU faculty in their endeavors to bring technology into the classroom. She was part of the team that wrote the degree requirements for the multimedia design program that was launched in 1998.
For six years, Hardin served as CU’s first director of distance learning. During that time, she guided the development of online degree programs, research and adoption of learning management systems and best practices for distance learning and trained CU faculty in the androgogy of synchronous and asynchronous distance learning. She coordinated the Instructional Technology Collaborative Effort of 23 faculty members from four regional institutions. She also served as a master trainer for Oklahoma’s H.B. 1815, through which she helped train K-12 and higher education faculty throughout southwest Oklahoma.
Hardin is currently an assistant professor of multimedia design in addition to teaching in the Reach Higher program. She teaches multimedia production techniques, ethics, distance learning and web design courses as well as Foundations of Organizational Leadership, Ethics and the Organization and the Organizational Leadership Capstone. In 2008, she was inducted as a member of the Oxford Round Table, at Oxford University, England, where she led a discussion in cyberethics. She is a member of Phi Kappa Phi and a six-time recipient of the Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers award.
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