Wilma Hodges has bachelor's degrees in English Literature and Psychology, as well as a master's degree in Technical Writing from the University of Central Florida. Currently, she is pursuing an Ed.D. with a concentration in Instructional Technology and Distance Education at Nova Southeastern University, where she was awarded the 2012 Association of Florida Colleges and Nova Southeastern University Abraham S. Fischler School of Education Honors Scholars Award, and served as the Vice President of Online Affairs in the inaugural Abraham S. Fischler School of Education Student Government Association Executive Board 2012-2013. Her research interests include game-based learning and the influence of games on learner engagement in online and virtual environments.
Wilma has more than 17 years of experience in faculty training, online pedagogy, instructional design, technical writing, and online course and program development, and LMS administration. She has worked in higher education in a variety of roles: as a technical writer for an NSF grant project, a graduate teaching assistant at University of Central Florida, an adjunct faculty member, an Instructional Technology Specialist, and Manager of Distance Learning at Seminole State College. She is a Quality Matters certified independent trainer, and has 8 years of experience teaching online and campus classes. Wilma has also worked as a freelance technical writer for commercial learning management systems, as a Research Analyst for an academic consulting group, and she is currently the Director of Training & eLearning Initiatives at Longsight, an open source hosting and support provider for higher education.