Dr. Braxton currently serves as the Senior Director of Instructional Technology at UMBC where she is responsible for leading the Division of Information Technology’s (DoIT) strategy for end-user support of instructional technologies including online, hybrid, and traditional “face-to-face” technologies. With over 20 years of experience in traditional classroom instruction and adult education strategies grounded in instructional design models, she also possesses over 18 years of experience using learning technologies in higher education settings, including the design and facilitation of online and hybrid courses. As a result, she has extensive working knowledge of numerous learning management systems including Blackboard, Sakai, and Desire2Learn (D2L). She collaborates with her staff to devise learning opportunities delivered in multiple modes that meet the varied and shifting needs of both UMBC faculty and students.
In addition, Dr. Braxton is the DoIT representative on the University System of Maryland Academic Transformation Advisory Council, a group spearheaded by the William E. Kirwan Center for Academic Innovation.
As the Quality Matters (QM) Coordinator, Dr. Braxton oversees efforts on campus to ensure both the hybrid and online courses offered at UMBC are compliant with the nationally recognized standards identified in the QM Rubric. She brings prior experience managing this process from Johns Hopkins University where she served as the Director of Distance Education for their Engineering for Professionals program, leading the faculty there through their first Quality Matters course reviews and certifications.
Dr. Braxton is a dynamic presenter known for her ability to engage audiences and capture their attention, even for highly complex topics. She has crafted a national presence through her participation in educational technology associations like EDUCAUSE, the Online Learning Consortium (OLC), and the IMS Global Learning Consortium; in addition to presenting at national, regional, and local conferences, she serves as a proposal reviewer, constituent group leader, leadership institute faculty, and both task force leader and working group participant.
Dr. Braxton earned a Doctor of Science in Computer Science with Minors in Educational Leadership and Management Science from the George Washington University. She also holds a Master of Science in Computer Science with a Math Minor from North Carolina State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics with a minor in Computer Science from Wake Forest University.