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Jon Sizemore

Jon Sizemore Interim Head of University System Distance Education Efforts

Jon Sizemore has been named interim assistant vice chancellor for Distance Education for the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. He will be responsible for directing the System’s strategic planning and implementation of distance education initiatives.

“Jon has both the knowledge of the University System and its history with distance learning, as well as the expertise in the field of online education and technology to move this critical function forward and in the right way for students throughout the University System,” said Dr. David Morgan, the USG’s interim chief academic officer.

The University System’s distance education efforts have grown significantly in recent years. Currently, 3,525 course sections through the System’s 35 institutions are taught online, in more than 210 online degree programs. The System’s online Learning Management System, which supports classroom instruction and hybrid courses, as well as fully online courses, is utilized by more than 320,000 students.

Sizemore is currently director of eLearning at Valdosta State University, a post he has held since 2005. In this position, he provided leadership and oversight for all online courses and classroom instructional technology in use at the 13,000-student campus.

Prior to his work at Valdosta State, Sizemore served from 1999 through 2005 as the assistant director of Instructional Technology and Distance Learning at Darton College, Albany Ga.

“There is more demand for distance education than ever before,” said Sizemore. “There are great opportunities ahead for those institutions that can innovate on program delivery and collaborate to take advantage of these resources. We will look at how hybrid and online delivery can enhance our on-campus programs and make the most of existing and new facilities.”

Sizemore has worked on a number of grant projects in the field of distance learning, particularly in relation to bringing technology to rural areas. He has served on various USG committees and taskforces and conducted workshops in Georgia and nationally related to distance education. On two occasions while at Darton College, Sizemore’s leadership resulted in the College’s selection by the American Association of Community Colleges as a “Top 10 Digital Community College,” in 2003 and 2004.

Sizemore earned bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and secondary education-mathematics, as well as a master’s of education in instructional technology, all from Valdosta State.

Posted by Sonja Roberts on October 31, 2011
Published in: Board of Regents

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