Director of Technology Applications
Assistant Dean, World Languages, Northern Virginia Community College
Prof. Takako Shigehisa
, a native of Fukushima, Japan, holds a Master’s Degree in East Asian Studies from Indiana University. She teaches Japanese at NOVA, including face-to-face classes at all levels and Beginning Japanese I online, which she developed in 2008. Prof. Shigehisa also writes reviews of Japanese online instructional materials as a peer reviewer for MERLOT and was recognized with the Peer Review Extraordinaire Award in 2009. She is a frequent presenter at workshops and sessions at local, regional, and national conferences where she emphasizes the empowerment of every teacher through instructional technology, regardless of resources and comfort levels. Prof. Shigehisa’s involvement in the STARTALK workshop started as an instructor in 2008 and has grown to include Instructional Technology Coordinator as well as Instructor in 2009.