Tapped In Member Perspectives: Meet Kathleen Fletcher Bacer
Kathleen Fletcher Bacer (KathleenDB) is an associate professor and the creator and
director of Azusa Pacific University's new
Online Master of Arts in
Educational Technology degree program which will make its debut February 2003 just in time to
utilize the new TAPPED IN interface (currently known as TAPPED IN 2). Coming from
19 years of K-8 classroom teaching, and 9 years training teachers in classroom
management and manipulative math techniques, Kathleen now trains teachers how to
utilize technology in the classroom to impact the teaching/learning process. She
has been with APU full time for 5 years where she directed the regional-based MA
in Ed Tech program. She earned her masters in education with an emphasis in mathematics
from Cal Poly, Pomona, CA and her doctorate in educational technology from Pepperdine
University in 1999.
It was through my doctoral work at Pepperdine that I first fell in love with MOOs.
Linda Polin introduced me to ElMundo - Pepperdine's Moo at the time Ð and I was hooked.
It was a wonderful way to creatively express myself online and ElMundo still holds a
dear space in my virtual persona today. A year after I completed my doctorate I noticed
ElMundo was seeming a bit disserted. Where had everyone gone? I was told by a colleague
that they had moved to TAPPED IN, the latest and greatest. I soon discovered that it
was indeed just that!
For me, the nurturing and sustaining of the internal and external teaching/learning
environment, whether it be face-to-face or online is extremely important. I remember
my first times in TAPPED IN in 1998 with the patience of BJB and Judi as I built my
office and classrooms. Creating that special place online that invites the learning
process was so easy and fun with what TAPPED IN had to offer. I loved the objects
and the creative spaces I could create. My master's students loved it also. It was
a great way to immerse them in what I refer to as a dynamic online learning community.
Just a few of my favorites in TAPPED IN:
What's next? I am excited about TAPPED IN 2 and the potential it holds. I have had
the wonderful opportunity of working with Judi in getting our APU building ready for
my new online program. It is definitely a different look and feel. Sort of like
moving from OS9 to OSX :-). The learning curve will be much easier for newbies. You
will miss some things at first but in time I think TAPPED IN 2 will have all the
comforts of our old home and so much more. You will be amazed at the speed and ability
to multi-task and work within many different information spaces while sharing the
same virtual space. I am excited to bring a whole new group of students into
TAPPED IN 2 and create a dynamic online learning environment. I couldn't imagine
delivering a completely online program without it!
- The wonderful people at the help desk - always willing to help my students. Thanks!
I still look forward to hugging BJB and Judi in person someday!
- Being able to get transcripts of archived sessions. Many times my schedule does
not allow me to attend in real time. I often pop in, grab a transcript, print it and
it's a great way for me to stay connected and current in my field.
- The fact that TAPPED IN is a private community - by that I mean, it is a safe,
secure community where I can always trust appropriate behavior, language and respect
to reside. It is so much more than a "chat room" with a real wonderful community of
- The environment you can create with the objects, your office, and displaying
emotions. I can be myself online.
- "Seeing" the dynamic learning that emerges every time I am in with my students
teaching and knowing too, that they are now connected to a much larger global
community rich with resources, experts, and a love of learning.