Donald L. Voils, AM in Mathematics: the Director OLT College. Don taught in high school and middle school for three years and has been teaching in higher education for almost 40 years. Don began his university teaching at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and taught there from 1966 to 1984. Upon leaving Wisconsin, he joined the faculty at Palm Beach Community College and taught there from 1984 until his retirement in 2003. He is currently teaching at Florida Atlantic University and Palm Beach Community College as an adjunct faculty member.
In the late 1960s he coauthored two university textbooks on mathematics. Don has been teaching mathematics since 1959, computer programming since 1980 and the use of microcomputers since 1979. Don has been teaching adult education since 1978. From the late 1970Õs through the early 1990Õs, he has been involved with teaching senior citizens and business employees how to use microcomputers.
In 1960 Don was awarded an NSF grant to study modern mathematics at Omaha Metropolitan University. In 1961 he was awarded an NSF grant to study modern mathematics at Rutgers University. In 1964 Don was awarded a three year NSF grant to earn a Masters Degree and to work on a Doctorate at the University of Illinois-Urbana. In 1979 he received a W. K. Kellogg grant to attend the University of Minnesota to study training for health care management. In 1980 Don received a grant from Texas Instruments to teach children ages 7 – 12 how to program computers using the computer language Logo. In 1981 Don received an NSF grant to attend the University of Washington-Bellingham to learn how to write computer based learning environments using the programming language Pilot. In 1981 he was awarded two NSF grants (one for primary teachers and one for secondary teachers) to teach these teachers how to use computers in the support of their teaching. In 1985 he was awarded a Motorola scholarship to learn how to program in the C language at Motorola. In 1986 he was awarded an IBM scholarship to study mini computers at IBM. In 2000 he was awarded a scholarship to study telecommunications and the theory of the Internet at Florida Atlantic University. He also has studied at UCLA via the Internet on the theory of distance learning.
In 1979 Don was appointed Director of the Microcomputer Applications Group at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. The purpose of this group was to train members of the business community how to use microcomputers. This group later became the Koehn Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Don became the Director of Training for Small Businesses at the Institute.
Don began using the Internet in 1980 and applied his knowledge to teach on the Internet in 1982 while still at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.
From 1984 – 1999 Don (in addition to teaching at Palm Beach Community College) was a computer consultant and helped small businesses install computer networks, he wrote accounting systems and advised businesses about the use of microcomputers and computer networks in support of their businesses. He has served as the Director of Information Technology at a manufacturing company and at a medical billing company during this period in Florida.
In 1995, while still in Florida, Don taught computer programming for an online company based in Tennessee. Don wrote the computerized teaching environment for his course.
During his tenure at Palm Beach Community College, Don has worked for the Continuing Education Department teaching workshops for businesses on how to use microcomputers in the work place. For these classes he wrote manuals on how to use word processors, electronic spreadsheets and database systems. He began using the Internet in his teaching at Palm Beach Community College in the early 1990s. Using this knowledge, he taught employees from a local firm how to program computers. For these classes he made the lecture notes and the program examples available on the Internet for the students to access.
In 1996 he helped to establish a computer system at the College from which the faculty could teach using the Internet. After attending several international meetings on distance learning, he helped select WebCT as the teaching environment and installed it on the CollegeÕs Internet system. After the introduction of WebCT at Palm Beach Community College until 1999, Don trained the College faculty and staff on how to design and to teach on the Internet using WebCT. While at Palm Beach Community College, Don designed three mathematics classes and four computer programming classes that he taught on the Internet using WebCT as the teaching environment.
During 2000 he taught for two semesters a computer programming course for the College of Engineering at Florida Atlantic University as an adjunct faculty member and used WebCT. This course was designed so that the students could take it without attending class. The lectures were captured in digital format and made available on the Internet so that the students who did not attend class could still hear the lectures. After retiring from Palm Beach Community College in 2003, he began to teach computer programming classes at Florida Atlantic University in the College of Business. These classes were designed to be used in Blackboard and are currently being taught so that the students can take the course without the need to attend the class. The lectures for one course were captured in digital format so that the students could access the audio lectures on the Internet from anywhere in the world when they were not in class.
Don's personal goal is to make available to people throughout the world a quality education at an American university using the Internet.