Dr. Amanda Burris has worked in higher education for over a decade. She has over ten years of experience teaching online courses. She has also worked as a project coordinator for Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (IDEA) for over four years. Great Plains IDEA is a consortium of nineteen reputable universities who offer fully online degree programs in agriculture and human sciences. In her role with Great Plains IDEA, Dr. Burris coordinates alliance-wide course enhancement, data analysis and distribution, and student services.