Melissa supports the adoption of academic software and hardware solutions. This spans both digital and physical infrastructure. She assists in soliciting, evaluating and securing potential academic technology solutions. Communicates with faculty and students regarding instructional technology needs online and in the classroom. Organizes projects and schedules related to instructional technology updates and integrations. Leads the campus in looking for opportunities to work together in supporting or adopting new technologies and approaches that proactively while supporting Clemson users. She works with faculty to select tools that meet their pedagogical needs and level of technical ability. Researches devices and software that meet academic needs and coordinates student and faculty introductions to these technology solutions via demonstrations and pilots. Develops training opportunities to enhance instructional technology use among faculty and students. Offers IT help desk support alongside academic technologists. Assists in the support of distance education classrooms and classroom technologies in Cooper Library as well as the Watt Family Innovation Center.
Melissa Lockhart has over 18 years of experience with technical training, technical writing, instructional development, faculty development, assessment, online education, classroom technology, e-learning and multimedia development. She has provided technical and instructional design support to faculty and departments for a variety of technologies. She enjoys working with faculty to explore, pilot and assess emerging technologies. She has a passion for working with educational technology, more recently she has been learning about mobile technologies and social media and how they can apply to the online teaching environment.
In addition, Melissa has presented at the United States Distance Learning Association Conference, the Distance Learning Administration Conference, and the Distance Teaching & Learning Conference. She served as the Upstate Local Area Group Chairperson, the Membership Chair and the E-Learning Conference Coordinator & Chair for the Carolinas Society for Training & Development. She was also a member of the Society for Human Resource Management(SHRM) and the SHRM High Tech Net.
Melissa received her Masters in Human Resource Development from Clemson University in 1998. She received her B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Health and Physical Education from Tennessee Technological University in 1996. She also holds teaching certificates from SLOAN-C and Magna Publications in online teaching and is a Google Educator. She completed the CCIT Clemson University Leadership program and is a recent graduate of Clemson University's Staff Development program and the EDUCAUSE Institute for Learning Technology Leadership. She has also worked with a team of reviewers for the Greenhouse Blackboard Exemplary Courses for three years.
Outside of work, Melissa likes to unplug. She has two small children, who are her mainstay most evenings and weekends. Her son loves the outdoors. Whether they are at the lake playing or in their garden planting strawberries, her family spends as much time as weather and allergies permit outdoors. Melissa also loves to take pictures and blog when time allows. Her blog is primarily a journal of family events to help her keep track of pictures, where they were taken, and what was happening at that moment in their lives. One day when she has time, she will pick up with her scrapbooking hobby and the blog and pictures will help her keep track of everything.