“Pupils are more like oysters than sausages. The job of teaching is not to stuff them and then seal them up, but to help them open and reveal the riches within. There are pearls in each of us, if only we knew how to cultivate them with ardor and persistence.”
(Sydney J. Harris, “What True Education Should Do,” 1964)
Dr. Manning received her Ed.D. in instructional technology and distance education from Nova Southeastern University. She obtained her Master’s Degree in Medical Technology from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Currently Dr. Manning serves as the Executive Director for the International Institute for Innovative Instruction at Franklin University. The Institute employs innovative design practices that solidify its standing in the academic community as a leader in the design of interactive, engaging, learning experiences for diverse learner populations around the world.
Dr. Manning has dedicated more than 35 years to the field of education, serving as a professor, program chair, dean, and instructional designer. Prior to her tenure at Franklin, Dr. Manning focused her educational work at the community college level in medical laboratory technology where she created application-oriented programs for her students. Continuing her dedication to applied learning, she has used her doctoral work in instructional technology and distance education to design high quality, application-oriented curriculum for Franklin University.
Dr. Manning’s predominant research interests include the use of technology and media to enhance learning, balancing cognitive load for students, and how to teach critical thinking to students.