Welcome

Mike Berta is an instructional designer, technologist, and researcher with specialization areas including distance and blended learning. With over 15 years of experience in teaching, learning, faculty development, distance education, enrollment, and operations, Dr. Berta provides a well rounded perspective to the higher education environment. He holds a BA in Organizational Psychology, MA in eEducation, and Ed.D. in Educational Leadership specializing in curriculum and instruction with specific research in distance education quality.

Areas of Research Interest:

  • Professional Development for Faculty
  • Distance education quality
  • Distance Education Design and Delivery
  • Distance Education Student and Faculty Support
  • Instructional Technology Adoption
  • New Faculty and Adjunct Faculty Development
  • Mid-Career Faculty Burnout
  • Formative Teaching Evaluation

Dr. Berta believes that education can benefit from formative and recurring evaluation and improvement. His current work focuses on the continual improvement of teaching and learning. This includes the following activities:

  • Instructional design and technology consultation
  • Distance education design, delivery, and quality
  • Formative review of teaching
  • Group Instructional Feedback Technique (sometimes called SGID)
  • Peer review of teaching
  • Student ratings of instruction
  • Distance education faculty fellowship administration
  • Faculty development
  • New and Adjunct Faculty orientations
  • Curricular mapping and review
  • Technology and classroom design consultation

Outside of work and scholarship, you can find Mike enjoying time with his family. He enjoys a good hike and is currently tackling the Conservation Trail in New York State. Mike also enjoys tinkering with his amateur radio and he can be called at W2MYK. Not least, Mike enjoys celebrating life with friends and family at various year-round activities from canning foods to holiday parties.