Staff Spotlight: Dr. Mark Eaton

Mark R. Eaton

Title: Director of Curriculum Development.

Organization: Grantham University, 7200 N.W. 86th St., 816-595-5759

Kansas City Star

Education: He has a bachelor's degree from Wayland Baptist University in Texas and a master's from St. Mary's University in Texas. His doctorate degree is from Nova Southeastern University in Florida.

Details: He is responsible for Grantham's educational technology as it moves from an older system for online courses to a new learning management system.

Thoughts: "Grantham University has made a decision to upgrade its systems. It's challenging because we have to move the courseware from the old to the new system. There's no physical campus — all courses are online — so getting it right, so it's not disruptive to the students and faculty, is pretty important."

Priorities: Eaton is working to push the threshold of technology to create flexible learning opportunities for deployed military service members and other working adults. Though many colleges and universities with online courses require students to attend scheduled events, Grantham allows students to complete course requirements on their own time, day or night. That's particularly important at Grantham, where more than 85 percent of the student population is active in the military and deployed worldwide.