Dr. Morris Thomas is responsible for providing visionary, strategic, and operational leadership for the Office of Digital and Online Learning and the Center for Excellence in Teaching, Learning and Assessment (CETLA). As Assistant Provost for Digital and Online Learning, Dr. Thomas provides oversight for the selection and implementation of digital learning tools as well as the coordination for matters pertaining to online course and degree program development. He leads this office in facilitating the development and implementation of the university’s digital learning infrastructure which supports the university’s strategic plan. Dr. Thomas has an extensive background in facilitating learning across modalities (face-to-face, hybrid-blended, and online). Dr. Thomas also teaches in the School of Education’s Higher Education Leadership and Policy Studies program. Dr. Thomas employs Quality Matters, a global recognized, peer-review process used to ensure the quality of online and blended course design. He holds several Quality Matters certifications, including Master Reviewer, Peer-Reviewer and Quality Matters Coordinator. He is also certified to facilitate the Applying the Quality Matters Rubric workshop face-to-face and online. Dr. Thomas serves as a member of the Quality Matters Academic Advisory Council (QMAAC), Echo360 Advisory Board, and McMillan Learning Micro-Credential Advisory Board. Dr. Thomas is an established scholar, his research focuses on instructional dynamics which encompass instructional domains, design, and delivery. He has developed a conceptual framework called the E.N.H.A.N.C.E. Learning Model. This conceptual framework provides seven strategies to inform intentional course design and delivery. Dr. Thomas is also the creator of the framework, “The W.H.O.L.E. Experience,” a model to address Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in learning environments. Dr. Thomas serves as an editorial board member for the Journal of African American Males in Education, the American Research Journal of Humanities & Social Sciences, and as reviewer for the International Journal of Virtual and Personal Learning Environments. He is a frequent presenter at conferences and for webinars.
Dr. Thomas received his Ph.D. in higher education administration from Morgan State University, a M.A. in educational policy and leadership from The Ohio State University, a M.S. in instructional technology management from LaSalle University, a M.M. in classical vocal performance from New Jersey City University and a B.A. in music from Fisk University. He has completed post graduate studies at Cornell University and Georgetown University in project management and holds the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification with the Project Management Institute, Inc. (PMI). He has also completed the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Workplace Certificate from the University of South Florida Muma College of Business.
Dr. Jarvis P. Gause serves as the Coordinator for the Office of Digital and Online Learning and Instructional Technology Specialist at CETLA. Dr. Gause provides support for the Assistant Provost for Digital and Online learning in carrying out its mission and vision. He also provides support in implementing best practices for enhancing the online learning environment as well as instructional technology initiatives. Dr. Gause has previously served as an Instructional Consultant in a university teaching and learning center, assisting faculty with various instructional strategies as well as the adoption and implementation of various digital learning tools. Dr. Gause has also served as a K-12 classroom teacher and content leader, assessment and curriculum designer, instructional coach as well as a course builder and university adjunct professor. Dr. Gause holds an online teaching certification from Duke University. He is Quality Matters (QM) trained and holds the QM peer reviewer certification. His areas of expertise include course design, online teaching and learning, educational policy & planning and implementing professional development for faculty and staff. Dr. Gause is also passionate about supporting higher education diversity and inclusion.
Dr. Gause received his B.A. in English Education at Michigan State University, a M.A in Elementary Education at American University, a Ed.D. in Education Policy at American University and certification of Early Childhood Education at Georgetown University.