Jolly T. Holden, Ed.D. Dr. Holden is an Associate Professor in the School of Education, American InterContinental University Online Master’s of Education (MEd) degree program in Instructional Design & Technology, where he taught for over 13 years. In that capacity, he has facilitated over 258 online graduate courses encompassing instructional design, instructional technology, computer-mediated learning and design, cognitive science, learning theory, online learning, educational leadership, digital citizenship, and educational research. Previously, he held positions as the Senior Projects Manager for Training and Development, StarBand Communications Inc., Chief Learning Strategist at GE Spacenet, and the Executive Marketing Manager for Distance Learning at AT&T.
Upon receiving his Doctorate in Education from the University of Southern California in 1984, he became Chief of the Evaluation and Technology Branch and Graduate Education Program Manager for the Air Force Institute of Technology until his retirement from the United States Air Force.
For the past 25 years, he has been actively involved in researching and promoting distance learning throughout the federal government and corporate community. During that two decade span, he keynoted several distance learning conferences, conducted workshops on distance learning, chaired numerous learning and instructional technology tracks at prominent education and training conferences, and presented over 65 sessions at various training and e-learning conferences.
In 1995 he co-founded the Federal Government Distance Learning Association, and has served on the Board of Directors of the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA), where he has served continuously since 1996 as a past-president and former Chairman of the Board. He is also an Emeritus Industry Fellow to Ball State University’s Center for Information and Computer Sciences, and in prior years served on the Board of Trustees for the Webb Foundation, the TeleCon Advisory Board, and the Georgia Distance Learning Association Board of Advisors.
He has been listed in the Who’s Who in Teleconferencing since 1996, and in 2002 was recognized by Learning & Training Magazine as one of the top 10 e-learning champions in the US. In 2001, he was inducted into the USDLA Hall of Fame, and based on his contributions to promoting distance learning in the Federal Government, was also inducted into the FGDLA Hall of Fame. He is the principal author of the Instructional Media Selection Guide for Distance Learning, an official publication of the USDLA.