Emily Boles joined the Center for Online Learning, Research and Service (COLRS) at the University of Illinois Springfield as a Faculty Development and Online Learning Specialist in 2006. At COLRS, Emily designs and delivers faculty development in theory, pedagogy, and best practices for effective online teaching and learning. She supports and guides faculty members in their development and delivery of online courses. Emily edits the design and content of COLRS website and blog. She manages the digital and print graphic design needs of the unit. She assists faculty in planning, recording, editing, and producing videos in the light board, shaky hand and green screen studios.

Emily earned the Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Illinois College with Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa honors. She has completed coursework for a Master of Arts degree in English at UIS. Her thesis (in-progress) focuses on digital literacies and online writing instruction. She completed the highly selective Institute for Emerging Leadership in Online Learning from Penn State/Online Learning Consortium in 2011 and holds the Master Online Teacher certification from the Illinois Online Network.

Before coming to COLRS, Emily was an instructional technologist at Illinois Central College in East Peoria, IL. She led faculty development courses in online learning and instructional design. She also administered Blackboard and other technologies. She also taught technology training workshops at the Center for Teaching and Learning at UIS and worked as a technical and strategic communications specialist and web developer at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Emily's research interests include digital literacies in online learning, as well as alternative delivery and credentialing of faculty development programs. She has taught Internet and American Life for the Department of Computer Science at UIS and asynchronous workshops for the Sloan-C Institute, now the Online Learning Consortium Institute. 

In her free time, Emily enjoys spending time with her husband, son, and daughter, hiking in the Great Smokey Mountains, and growing vegetables and fruit on her country property.

Contact me

Center for Online Learning, Research and Service
University of Illinois Springfield
One University Plaza, MS BRK 425
Springfield, Illinois 62703-5407
boles.emily [at] uis.edu