Thomas J. Tobin

Position title: Senior Teaching and Learning Developer


Ph.D., English, Duquesne University; M.A., English, Indiana State University; M.S., Library Science, Clarion University; B.A., English, Canisius College
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Thomas J. Tobin is a founding member of the University of Wisconsin–Madison Center for Teaching, Learning & Mentoring (CTLM), as well as an internationally recognized scholar, author, and speaker on quality in technology-mediated education—especially copyright, teaching evaluation, academic integrity, and accessibility/universal design for learning.

He holds master’s and Ph.D. degrees in English literature, a master’s degree in information science, and certifications in project management (PMP), online teaching (MOT), Quality Matters (QM), and accessibility (CPACC). He recently completed the Penn State Academic Leadership Academy. Named to Ed Tech Magazine’s 2020 “Dean’s List” of Educational Technology Influencers, Tom serves on the editorial boards of InSight: A Journal of Scholarly Teaching and the Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration.

His books include:

  • “Evaluating Online Teaching: Implementing Best Practices”” (2015) with Jean Mandernach and Ann H. Taylor
  • The Copyright Ninja” (2017)
  • “Reach Everyone, Teach Everyone: Universal Design for Learning in Higher Education” (2018) with Kirsten Behling
  • “Going Alt-Ac: A Guide to Alternative Academic Careers” (2020) with Katie Linder and Kevin Kelly
  • “UDL for FET Practitioners: Guidance for Implementing Universal Design for Learning in Irish Further Education and Training” (2021) with Ann Heelan and Dara Ryder

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