Samantha Joy Whitaker

Graduate Assistant

About me

I am a graduate assistant on the Online Learning team at JMU Libraries. I am currently a first-year graduate student in the Vocal Performance & Pedagogy (with the Optional Singing Health Emphasis) in the School of Music at JMU. Having the degree of Bachelor of Music with a Minor in Education from the University of Texas at El Paso, I love to develop training programs, create interactive tutorials with technologies, and extend possibilities with digital pedagogy exploration.

About Learning Innovations & Design

We create virtual and physical spaces, programs, and services for the JMU community to enhance, experiment with, and innovate in their teaching, learning, and scholarship. Departments include Classroom Technology Services, Digital Projects, Makerspaces Services & Instruction, Media Production Services, Online Learning, and Programming & Planning.

About Online Learning

We provide leadership and expertise in the development and implementation of quality online, hybrid, and distance learning at JMU. With a focus on access, accessibility, equity, and inclusion, we coordinate services, support, and instructional design for online and hybrid learning. Our collaboration and research efforts extend pedagogical effectiveness and learning flexibility in support of engaging, student-centered online and hybrid learning experiences.