Korte named new director for learning innovation and e-learning in ACES
portrait of Debra Korte
Debra Korte, Director, Learning Innovation and E-Learning, College of ACES
June 19, 2020

URBANA, Ill. – Debra Korte has been named the first director for learning innovation and e-learning in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) at University of Illinois.

Korte, previously a teaching assistant professor in the Agricultural Leadership Education and Communication program in ACES, assumed the new role in ACES’ Office of Academic Programs June 22.  

While many ACES academic programs have been available online for some time, this new role will allow for greater partnership with academic departments in creating online curriculum in larger, more concerted ways.

“E-learning offers limitless opportunities to provide transformative learning experiences for local and global audiences,” Korte says. “I am excited to collaborate with colleagues in the College of ACES and Extension to design innovative online courses and programs for learners in classrooms, companies, and communities.”

As COVID-19 forced online instruction, Korte will be instrumental in shaping e-learning in ACES in a non-emergency situation.

“With the rapidly changing enrollment landscape in higher education, an emphasis on learning innovation and e-learning will help ACES develop new spaces for enrollment, manage innovation in learning, and support existing programs in online development,” says Anna Ball, associate dean for academic programs.

“Dr. Korte brings a unique combination of expertise in the science of learning and teacher development, with a focus on learning innovations and program management that will be a true asset to moving our e-learning programs forward in ACES,” Ball adds.

Korte is an award-winning teacher educator, leader, and collaborative partner in the assessment of learning outcomes for students and programs, effectiveness of educational programs and initiatives, and value of student learning.

Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Illinois in 2012, Korte served as an agri-science instructor at Kansas High School; a curriculum development consultant for the state of Illinois; an adjunct instructor and education coordinator at Lake Land College in Mattoon; and as communications coordinator and training director for agricultural software company, Software Solutions Integrated, in Shelbyville. 

Korte received a bachelor’s degree in agricultural and environmental sciences education from the University of Illinois; a master’s degree in educational leadership from Eastern Illinois University; and a doctorate in agricultural education and leadership from the University of Missouri.