John has been an executive staff member at Baylor University for 15 plus years serving as a Senior Academic Consultant. He recently took on additional responsibilities related to directing the OTLS team. His expertise is providing system administration for enterprise academic systems including Baylor’s learning management systems and web-conferencing systems. His technical skills include system administration, managing cloud applications, load balancing, performance monitoring, and hardware scaling. His interests include new media tools and communication, leadership, and discovering new resources to fill academic technology needs. John was honored to receive the Outstanding Staff Award from Baylor in 2015.
Dr. John Solis is a Senior Instructional Designer at Baylor University. He has been teaching in higher education for over 20 years through a number of teaching roles including a tenure-track assistant professor, assistantships, and lectureships. John has taught undergraduate and graduate-level courses in face-to-face, hybrid/blended, and fully online formats in the areas of instructional design, distance education, multimedia production, introductory computing concepts and computer literacy, graduate-level writing, and research methods. Prior to joining Baylor in 2014, John had active K-12 technology integration leadership roles working directly with in-service teachers in school districts and through university/K12 partnerships. Contact Dr. Solis for questions regarding online Canvas course templates, online course design best practices, Kaltura for enhancing instructional delivery and student engagement, and general technology integration for online, blended, and face-to-face courses.
Outside of academia, John enjoys spending time with his family, going to church, visiting Disney World and Universal Studios, fishing, and is an avid video gamer. He also enjoys watching mixed martial arts, San Antonio Spurs basketball games, the Dallas Cowboys, and Baylor and UT Longhorns football games.
Dr. Parton received her PhD in Educational Computing (Technology) from the University of North Texas. She was a professor for 10 years prior to coming to Baylor and a programmer before that. She has taught face-to-face and on-line as well as in blended formats. Becky's research focused on using instructional technology, especially augmented reality, with Deaf students. She has served as the prinicple investigator on multiple projects including a US Department of Education Stepping Stones grant. She also has an M.S. in Deaf Ed and a B.B.A in Strategic Management. Becky was honored to receive the state-wide technology educator of the year in 2009 from the Louisiana Technology Council and the state-wide educator of the year in 2011 from the Louisiana Association of Computer Using Educators (LACUE). She loves creating multimedia and designing interactive courses. Contact Dr. Parton for questions related to DOTS (our graduate online teaching program), PRESTO (our self-paced course for faculty), Professional Development workshop schedules and resources, plus other instructional design needs.
Becky enjoys animal rescue activities, movies, and traveling. She has supported mission work with Compassion International for over 20 years and has been blessed to meet several of her sponsored children. She is an active member of First Baptist Robinson.