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Online Learning Council Fellows

The Drexel Online Learning Council's mission is to bring the Drexel University community together to develop, demonstrate and share strategies that enhance the design, delivery and outcomes of online, hybrid, and face-to-face classes. To facilitate this, the Provost's office recently named eight Online Learning Council Fellows from across the University to act as ambassadors of the Online Learning Council to serve the Drexel community. The OLC Fellows are:

  • Dr. Karyn Holt, Associate Clinical Professor and Director of Online Quality, College of Nursing and Health Professions (Chairperson)
  • Dr. Jonathan Deutsch, Professor of Culinary Arts and Foodservice Management, Center for Hospitality and Sport Management
  • Dr. Allen Grant, Chair, Department of Policy, Organization and Leadership, School of Education
  • Ms. Beth L. Haas, Esquire, Associate Teaching Professor, Kline School of Law
  • Dr. Dana Kemery, Assistant Clinical Professor, College of Nursing & Health Professions
  • Mr. Raymond K. Lum, Associate Teaching Professor, Dornsife School of Public Health
  • Dr. Linda Marion, Associate Department Head for Graduate Affairs, College of Computing and Informatics
  • Dr. Deirdre McMahon, Associate Teaching Professor, Department of English and Philosophy, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Dr. Edward Nelling, Professor of Finance, LeBow College of Business
  • Dr. Victor S. Sohmen, Associate Clinical Professor of Project Management, College of Engineering

The primary charge of the OLC Fellows is to disseminate and proliferate the work of the Council to the Drexel wide community and serve as catalysts for quality and innovation in education. The OLC Fellows provide a wide variety of support services including faculty mentorship, course design consultation and course design reviews.

The Course Design Review Program is intended to provide instructors with constructive, collegial, and confidential feedback on the design of their online or hybrid course. Instructors will have three options for course design reviews:

  • Self-Review (using Core Design Elements Checklist, a self-paced Course in Blackboard Learn)
  • Drexel University Core Design Elements Checklist review (conducted by one Fellow)
  • Quality Matters Rubric review (conducted by a team of three QM Certified Reviewers)

The Fellows are Quality Matters certified Master and Peer Reviewers and can help faculty consider approaches for aligning University, program and course learning outcomes and advancing course quality, student engagement, and assessment strategies.

Faculty who are new to online teaching, or simply wish to update their skills, can take the OLC New Online Faculty Training (level 1), a self-paced, facilitated course also in Blackboard Learn. This program can also be provided in a webinar or "face-to-face" format. Since many faculty do not come to campus so all of the services described above are also provided virtually.

To learn more or to request a course design review, faculty can go to:

Statement about confidentiality

An important aspect of the services provided by the Fellows is confidentiality. The consultation/mentorship and formative reviews are intended to provide instructors with confidential, constructive feedback that is offered in a collegial and supportive manner. It is hoped that instructors will use the available support and review process/feedback for professional and course development purposes. Course review feedback, then, will be a personal communication between the instructors and course reviewers.


2015-2016 Annual Fellows Report (PDF)