A connected higher education leader committed to supporting the needs of 21st century faculty and students through humanizing online learning, sharing open content, and untethering professional development.

Humanizing Online Learning


"My first online teaching experience was not satisfying. In my search to find a better way, I came across Michelle. She quite simple changed my teaching and my life! Because of her innovative use of technology and focus on nurturing student relationships, my courses are more rigorous, accessible and engaging. Michelle continues to demonstrate an ideology of sharing, which is rare in academia, based on rock-solid, student-centered pedagogy."

Lori Fuller Rusch

Professor of Art History

Citrus College

"No one in online instruction has touched more people or had a more positive impact than Michelle Pacansky-Brock. I took her @ONE Building Online Communities with Social Media course in 2012 and became DE Coordinator at Modesto Junior College later that year. What she taught me informs all of the professional development I have provided ever since, and I’ve trained over 200 faculty to teach online. She is the Superstar Faculty Trainer I try to emulate."

Michael Smedshammer, Ph.D.

Instructional Design Coordinator

Modesto Junior College

  • 18+ years in California public higher education (both CCC & CSU)
  • 14 years as faculty
  • 9+ years working remotely
  • 15+ years’ online course design & teaching experience
  • 9+ years' designing, developing & facilitating remotely delivered
    online faculty development programs

  • Member of the California Education Technology Taskforce ('12)

  • 2011 Educator Advancement Scholarship, Capella University
  • 2010 Sloan-C Online Teaching Effective Practice Award
  • 2009 Edublog Award
  • 2007 Sloan-C Excellence in Online Teaching Award
  • 2007 NISOD Teaching Excellence Award
  • 1997, 1998 - UCR/California Museum of Photography’s History of Photography Fellowship

Faculty Experience

14 years of faculty experience (both full-time and part-time) in the CCC and CSU systems.

Faculty Mentor, Digital Innovation, @ONE (Online Network of Educators), California Community Colleges Online Education Initiative

  • August 2017 - present

Lecturer, CSU Channel Islands (remote)

  • 1/17 - 5/17 - EDUC 661: Advanced Teaching with Technology (online). Taught in Canvas.
  • 8/15 - 12/15 - UNIV 349: Transfer Student Experience (blended)

Associate Faculty, Mt. San Jacinto College (remote)

  • 6/11 - 5/15 - PHOTO 130: History of Still Photography (online)

Art History Instructor, Sierra College

1/02 - 5/09 (full-time); 8/99-5/00 (part-time)

  • Department Chair from 2007-2009
  • Designed and facilitated 5 face-to-face and 2 online art history courses
  • Grew program enrollments by 40% through development of online courses
  • Wrote new A.A. degree in Art History
  • Member of the Distance Learning & Instructional Technology Committee
  • Evaluated online and face-to-face courses
  • Mentored part-time instructors

Remote Professional Development Experience

More than 8 years of experience designing, developing, and facilitating robust, remotely delivered professional development programs in support of the integration of technology into teaching and learning.

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Faculty Mentor, Digital Innovation

California Community Colleges, @ONE (Online Network of Educators), OEI (Online Education Initative)
August 2017 - Current

  • Support the professional development needs of 90,000+ faculty, staff, and admin throughout CA's 114 community colleges
  • Design online PD that improves digital literacy and facilitates the development of professional learning networks
  • Design a statewide community of practice for online teaching and learning through adoption of open practices
  • Coordinated the first CCC Digital Learning Day, a one-day untethered professional development event - 1,600+ session attendances

Innovations Lead

Teaching & Learning Innovations, California State University, Channel Islands (remote)

March 2014 - Current

  • Provide strategic vision for program initiatives and emerging technologies
  • Design and remote facilitation of an untethered model of faculty development
  • Design and remotely facilitate the Online Teaching Preparation Program , which aligns with the CSU Online Quality in Online Teaching & Learning (QOLT) framework.
  • Manage budget of grant-funded program
  • Coordinate and facilitate untethered faculty communities

Community Coordinator


August 2013-June 2014 (remote)

  • Conceptualized and designed The Center, an online community of practice for CCC faculty
  • Grew faculty membership to 300+ in six months
  • Fostered faculty-faculty interactions and sharing of teaching innovations
  • Showcased faculty innovations in regular Hangouts on Air series
  • Hosted Twitter chats

Online Course Facilitator


2008-2013 (remote)

  • Designed and facilitated Introduction to Online Teaching and Learning (2009-2011)
  • Designed and facilitated Building Online Community with Social Media (2008-2013)
  • Oriented new facilitators
  • Presented desktop seminars

Online Teaching Certification Coordinator


2012-2013 (remote)

  • In partnership with the @ONE staff, designed the structure of the Online Teachign Certification Program
  • Developed marketing materials, including videos, websites, and email correspondences
  • Wrote program policies
  • Served as liaison to CCC faculty throughout the state
  • Recruited online mentors

Higher Education Learning Consultant


2011-2012 (remote)

  • In consultation with the Co-Founders and staff, designed programs and resources to improve the support for VoiceThread's higher education users
  • Coordinated and hosted monthly webinar series
  • Authored an eBook designed to support faculty with the implementation of VoiceThread in a pedagogical context

Professional Service

  • 2017-2019 - Board Member, Directors of Educational Technology, California Higher Ed (DET/CHE)
  • 2016-2018 - Advisory Board Member, 7 Things to Read about, EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative
  • 2015 - How to Humanize Your Online Class, EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative, 4-week online workshop
  • 2014 & 2015 - Advisory Board, NMC Horizon Report, Higher Education
  • Online Learning Consortium (OLC) Emerging Technologies for Online Learning Symposium
    • 2015 - Conference Chair
    • 2014 - Conference Chair-Elect
    • 2011-14 - Steering Committee Member
    • 2009-11 - Track Chair
  • 2012, Member of the California Education Technology Taskforce



  • Teaching Literacy in the Snapchat Era, Keynote, Global Society of Online Literacy Educators (GSOLE), January.
  • Humanizing Online Learning, Keynote, Maryland University of Integrative Health, February.


  • Share Your Stuff: Embracing Open Practices in Higher Education, with Michael McGarry and Jill Leasfstedt, DET/CHE Annual Conference, Costa Mesa.
  • Creating a Culture of Excellence and Innovation in Online Education Without Getting Hungup On Accreditation and Regulations, Panel, DET/CHE Annual Conference, Costa Mesa, CA.
  • Humanizing Online Learning for Social Justice and Equity (Panel Moderator), Online Teaching Conference (#CCCOTC), June, Anaheim, CA.
  • Great Online Teachers Seminar, Pre-Conference Workshop, Online Teaching Conference (#CCCOTC), June, Anaheim, CA.
  • Untethering Professional Development, with Jill Leafstedt, New Media Consortium (NMC), June, Boston, MA.
  • Humanizing Learning with Digital Tools, Keynote, Spring Teaching and Learning Conference, Michigan State University, May, Lansing, MI.
  • Untethering the Campus Workplace, with Jill Leafstedt and Michael Berman, workshop, OLC Innovate, April, New Orleans, LA.
  • Straddling the Chasm, Featured Session, OLC Innovate, April, New Orleans, LA.
  • Learning Out Loud, Keynote Lightning Talk, OLC Innovate, April, New Orleans, LA.
  • Straddling the Chasm: Supporting Faculty in a Networked Era, Keynote, Lynda.com Higher Education Learning Summit, March, San Francisco, CA.


  • Online Teaching Conference, (general session). Co-presenter with Katie Palacios. Humanizing Online Learning: a Framework for Facilitation and Course Design. June 17th, 2016. San Diego, CA.
  • West Los Angeles College 2016 Tech Fair, (Keynote), Making Stuff: How Digital Media Can Improve the Relevancy of Education. May 25, 2016, Los Angeles, CA.
  • University of Wisconsin System, Office of Professional and Instructional Development (OPID). (Keynote). Spring Conference. Humanizing Online Learning. April 14, 2016.
  • Seattle Pacific University (Invited Speaker). Inclusivity in Online Education. March 31, 2016.
  • CSU Media Common Interest Group, Making Stuff: How Digital Media Can Improve the Relevancy of Education. Online presentation. January 21, 2016.
  • Moorpark College, Faculty Flex Day (Invited Speaker). Humanizing Online Learning. Online presentation. January 7, 2016.




  • University of St. Louis, Missouri (UMSL), (Keynote). Humanizing Learning with Emerging Technologies. Teaching and Technology Conference, October, 2013.
  • Sloan-C 6th Annual International Symposium of Emerging Technologies for Online Learning (Concurrent Session), How is Emerging Tech Reshaping the Future of Faculty Development?, a collaboration with David Wicks of Seattle Pacific University and Jason Rhode of Northern Illinois University, Las Vegas, NV, April, 2013.
  • Nevada State College, (Invited Speaker). Provost Guest Speaker Series, Henderson, NV, February 2013.


  • Mohave Community College, (Keynote), Why Can't You Just Lecture to Me? , Learning & Teaching with Technology Expo. Kingston, AZ, December 2012.
  • Learning 2.0 (Keynote), Why Can't You Just Lecture to Me? Remote presentation, August 2012
  • Sloan-C/MERLOT International Symposium for Emerging Technologies in Online Learning (Invited Speaker). VoiceThread: Small and Large-Scale Adoption Perspectives (presented with Matt Meyer from Penn State University, July 2012.
  • The Online Teaching Conference (Concurrent Session). Learning Out Loud: How Voice Discussions Change the Online Learning Experience, San Jose City College, June 2012.
  • Annual CUE Conference (Spotlight Speaker), How and Why I Flipped My Classroom; The Human Touch: Teaching with Video; Warm, Asynchronous Online Discussions with VoiceThread, Palm Springs, March 2012.


  • Sloan-C International Conference for Asynchronous Learning Networks (Invited Panel Member), Ask the Experts: Effective Online Teaching Strategies, Orlando, FL, October 2011.
  • The Online Teaching Conference (Keynote), Teaching in the Era of Participation, Orange Coast College, June 2011.
  • The Online Teaching Conferend (Concurrent Session), Shifting the Rate My Professor Paradigm: Increasing Student Success with Google Sites, Orange Coast College, June 2011.
  • Governors State University, (Keynote), Teaching in the Age of Participation, University Park, IL, June 2011.
  • Ohio State University, (Keynote). Teaching in the Age of Participation. Innovate Conference, Cleveland, OH, April 2011.


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