12 January 2007
Misty Cobb Joins JSU’s Office of
Distance Education in the position of Instructional Design Specialist
Misty Cobb recently joined the Jacksonville State University’s Office of
Distance Education in the position of Instructional Design Specialist. Ms. Cobb assumes the position left vacant
when Dr. Sherri Restauri was promoted to the position of Director of Distance Education last spring.
The Instructional Design Specialist facilitates the integration of instruction and technology to enhance teaching and learning
by providing instructional design assistance for faculty in the development of online, interactive videoconferencing and
web-based supplements. The position is the primary contact for faculty members for individual or group training as well
as general instructional support for the Blackboard course management system, and also oversees the Instructional Technology
Design Lab, located in Self Hall.
Dr. Sherri Restauri, Director of Distance Education, stated, “Having someone with both extensive teaching and technology
background in this position was essential for supporting the growing educational technology needs that my Office is seeing
every day with our faculty. Ms. Cobb’s background is a perfect match for the position, and her enthusiasm to work hands-on
with the faculty has already been an outstanding benefit for our faculty.”
Ms. Cobb is originally from Ohatchee, Alabama and graduated with honors in 1998. She graduated cum laude from JSU in
2001 with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science in Computer Science Information Systems. She earned her Alternative
Baccalaureate in Business Education at JSU in 2004.
Ms. Cobb is married to David Cobb, a computer analyst at JSU. They reside in Heflin. She is currently working on her Master
of Business Administration at JSU and is expected to graduate in August 2007. Before joining the Office of Distance Education
staff, Ms. Cobb was an instructor of Business and Marketing for Cleburne County Schools.
Reflecting on how she anticipates her new role in the Office of Distance Education, Ms. Cobb said, “My paramount concern is
how both the Office of Distance Education and I can better serve JSU’s educational technology needs.”
Ms. Cobb assumed the position on January 2, 2007. Faculty and staff interested in Blackboard training, educational technology
or instructional design can contact her at the Office of Distance Education (256) 782-8172 or via email at
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