Vice Provost for Academic Innovation University of Texas at San Antonio

Learning is an experience. Everything else is just information. Albert Einstein

Melody Buckner, PhD

At an Owl Cafe in Tokyo Japan - Summer 2019
  • Current Position at University of Arizona
  • Educational Background
  • Work Experience
  • Fun Facts

Vision for Online Learning

  • Quality - Access - Affordable - Scale
  • The ability to scale academic offerings to anyone who has a desire to learn or further their educational aspirations.
  • While focusing on a quality online learning experiences at an affordable price point.
Academic Innovation in the classroom

Explore Innovations

  • Mobile Technology
  • Virtual and Augmented Reality
  • Gamification of learning
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Adaptive Learning
  • High Tech and High Touch
Spring 2019 - UPCEA Innovation Award

The team at University of Arizona was awarded the 2019 UPCEA Strategic Innovation in Online Education – in setting out to create an online presence on our campus we ended up making an impact upon the entire University.

What does UTSA need from this position?

  • Grow Online Course Offerings
  • Discover Potential Fully Online Programs
  • Strengthen Online/Hybrid Pedagogy
  • Increase Academic Innovations
  • Collaborate with Campus Partners
  • Connect with Industry and Government Partners

What are the opportunities and challenges at UTSA?

  • Opportunity - Amazing brand in the community - build on that reputation with access to degrees in online or hybrid formats
  • Challenge - This modality can be inferior to a campus experience
  • Opportunity - Faculty and the UTSA curriculum is the heart of the teaching and learning experience
  • Challenge - Market research with industry partners to find necessary outcomes for career in our community.

Discussion and Conversation

Thank You!


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