Phyllis Brodsky

Phyllis Brodsky
Associate Professor of Practice

My piece of the puzzle:
As an Associate Professor of Practice with the Office of Instruction and Assessment, I support faculty and future faculty in the successful integration of pedagogy with instructional technology on behalf of student learning. My support includes topics related to slide design and data visualization, storytelling, building communities in online courses, social media, online presence, universal design for learning, and ePortfolios.

Current activities include:

  • individual consultation with instructors in the course design and development of hybrid, online, and face to face teaching
  • development and facilitation of fully online professional development offerings for instructors (e.g., mini-courses, workshops, webinars)
  • assisting instructors with the use of UA integrated technologies such as D2L, Zoom, and VoiceThread
  • supporting activities related to Grad Slam (Graduate Center) a campus-wide competition for the best 3-minute graduate student presentation of a research or creative project

Current Teaching:

  • Building Communities in Online Courses - a fully online mini-course (1 week, non-credit)
  • Know and Go Series – 15-minute webinars on a variety of topics such as instructor presence in online courses, and universal design for learning (UDL)
  • IA 697p | College Teaching Practice - This is a core course in the graduate Certificate in College Teaching Program and provides individual mentoring in applying principles of learner-centered teaching to adult education contexts, reflecting on teaching practice, and documenting teaching expertise.

Background & Education:
With a B.S. in Rehabilitation and an M.Ed. in Special Education from the University of Arizona, I began teaching children, ages 0-5 with intellectual, physical and multiple disabilities in 1985. Always with a passion for the ways that technology can enhance lives, I became deeply involved in the field of assistive technology and augmentative communication including the development of iOS apps. As an adjunct instructor in the College of Education, dedicated to inclusive educational opportunities for students with severe disabilities, I taught courses on the assessment, instruction, and augmentative communication for learners with low incidence disabilities.

As a program coordinator, I was instrumental in the design/development of Project FOCUS, a UA program created to support students with intellectual disabilities in accessing inclusive opportunities in higher education. Other professional contributions in higher education have included the design and delivery of trainings and workshops on the use of mobile technology, emerging technology, assistive technology, Web 2.0 tools and social media. Still an active member, I was selected as an Apple Distinguished Educator in 2011 and I continue to network and collaborate with other professionals, worldwide, who share my passion for the integration of technology with pedagogy in education.