Nicola Wayer, Ph.D.

professional experience | educational background | certifications

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Professional Experience

Tennessee Board of Regents, TN eCampus, Nashville, TN
Director of Instructional Design & Training

Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
School of Education, Associate Faculty & Adviser

Champlain College, Burlington, VT
Director of Instructional Design

Tandem Educational Consultants, St. Augustine, FL
Senior Learning Solutions Consultant

Florida State College, Center for eLearning, Jacksonville, FL
eLearning Instructional Designer, Project Manager for Online Baccalaureate Degrees in Education

P.K. Yonge Developmental School, Gainesville, FL
Blended Learning Consultant, Professional Development Course Developer & Facilitator

Purlieu, Gainesville, FL
Learning Designer, User Experience Consultant

University of Florida, College of Education, Office of Distance Learning, Gainesville, FL
Instructional Designer & Distance Education Specialist

Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind, St. Augustine, Florida
Curriculum Department, Learning Opportunity Center Coordinator, 
Coordinator Teacher-Tutor Program, 
Deaf Middle School Teacher

Florida Telecommunications Relay, Inc (for Volusia & Flagler Counties)
Community Outreach Coordinator and ADA/Accessibility Advocate

Educational Background

University of Florida, College of Education, School of Teaching & Learning, Gainesville
Curriculum & Instruction w/ concentration in Educational Technology; Minor in International Education
Doctor of Philosophy (completed, to be awarded December, 2013)

University of North Florida, College of Education & Human Services, Jacksonville
Secondary Education, Advanced Studies, Masters in Education
Concentrations in leadership, curriculum development, evaluation and technology

Champlain College, Burlington, Vermont
Stiller School of Business, Graduate Certificate in Positive Organizational Development

St. Johns River State College, St. Augustine, Florida &
Florida State College – Jacksonville, Florida
Various coursework towards subject certifications and computer sciences

Flagler College, St. Augustine, Florida
Deaf Education & Elementary Education, Bachelor of Arts, cum laude


2004-2014 National Board Certification, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards
Exceptional Needs Specialist (see for more information on NBC)

1998-2018 Florida Department of Education: Hearing Impaired K-12, Elementary Education 1-6, English for Speakers of Other Languages Endorsement, Middle Grades Integrated Curriculum 5-9; Exceptional Student Education K-12; Reading Endorsement

Honors & Awards

2015 International Association for K-12 Online Learning, Innovator for Outstanding Research


Wayer, N., Black, E.W., Deschaine, M.E., Kawohl, T., & Prater, D. (in press). Access for all: A guide for serving students with disabilities in online and blended learning environments. Lansing, MI: Michigan Virtual University Virtual Learning Research Institute.

Wayer, N., Crippen, K., & Dawson, K. (2015). Design and enactment of online components during four blended learning courses. Journal of Online Learning Research, 1(2), 5-25.

Cavanaugh, C., Repetto, J., Wayer, N., & Spitler, C. (2013). Online learning for students with disabilities: A framework for success. Journal of Special Education Technology, 28(1), 1-8.

Repetto, J., Cavanaugh, C., Wayer, N., & Liu, F. (2010). Virtual high schools: Improving outcomes for students with disabilities. The Quarterly Review of Distance Education, 11(2).

Recent Presentations

Wayer, N. (2016, November). Climate change in the online course development ecosystem: An integrated approach. Online Learning Consortium Accelerate, Orlando, FL.

Wayer, N. & Blumberg, J. (2015, October). Moving beyond quality matters: Building a custom fit multimodal approach for evaluating course design. Online Learning Consortium International Conference, Orlando, FL.

Wayer, N., Vanhoof, I., & Rodriguez, E. (2013, October). Learning is the object: Responsive web design for online course content. SLOAN Consortium International Conferences on Online Learning, Orlando, FL.

Wayer, N. (2013, April). Blended learning as a bridge: Professional development for institutional change. American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, CA.

Wayer, N. (2011, November). The trickle-up effect: Faculty development, not just for faculty. SLOAN Consortium International Conference on Online Learning, Orlando, FL.

Repetto, J., Wayer, N., & Cavanaugh, C. (2011, August). Virtual schooling for students at risk. The Annual Conference on Distance Teaching and Learning, Madison, WI.

Repetto, J., Cavanaugh, C. & Wayer, N. (2011, April). Virtual high school: Supporting students with disabilities. Council for Exceptional Children Convention, National Harbor, MD.

Cavanaugh, C., Repetto, J., & Wayer, N. (2011, February). Virtual courses in support of students with disabilities. Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Distance Education Faculty Virtual Conference.

Wayer, N. (2010, November). Students with disabilities as online learners: A program of professional development for virtual school teachers. iNACOL Virtual School Symposium, Glendale, AZ.

Cavanaugh, C., Wayer, N., & Repetto, J. (2010, November). Improving outcomes for students with disabilities in online courses. iNACOL Virtual School Symposium, Glendale, AZ.

Wayer, N. (2010, October). Beyond accessibility: Professional development for virtual school teachers serving students with disabilities. Association for Educational Communication & Technology Annual Conference, Anaheim, CA.

Wayer, N. (2010, August). Beyond accessibility: Online students with disabilities as learners. The Annual Conference on Distance Teaching and Learning, Madison, WI.

Wayer, N. (2009, November). Special education students in virtual schools: Implications and a proposed program of professional development. Poster session, SLOAN Consortium International Conference on Online Learning, Orlando, FL.