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Kristen Betts
Clinical Professor

Kristen Betts, EdD

Education

Program Affiliation

EdD, Educational Leadership and Management
MS, Higher Education

Betts, K. (2014). Build it but will they teach?: Strategies to increase faculty participation and retention in online & blended learning. Online Journal of Distance Education Administrators, 17(2).

Betts, K. (2014). Factors influencing faculty participation & retention in online & blended education. Online Journal of Distance Education Administrators, 17(1).

Betts, K., Welsh, B., Pruitt, C. Dietrich, G. Watson, T., Trevino, J. Brooks, M., Cohen, A., Coombs, N. (2013). Understanding disabilities & online student success. Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks, 17(3). The Sloan Consortium

Betts, K., Cohen, A., Veit, D., Alphin, H., Broadus, C., & Allen, D. (2013). Strategies to increase online student success for students with disabilities. Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks, 17(3). The Sloan Consortium.

Betts, K., Gaines, L., & Kramer, R. (2011). Online faculty & adjuncts: Strategies for meeting current & future demands of online education through online human touch training & support. International Journal of Online Pedagogy and Course Design, 1(4), IGI Global, Hershey, PA, ISSN: 2155-6873.

Betts, K., Hartman, K., & Oxholm, C. (2010). Re-examining & repositioning higher education: 20 economic and demographic factors driving online and blended program enrollments. Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks 9(1). The Sloan Consortium.

Betts, K., Lewis, M., Dressler, A., & Svensson, L. (2009). Optimizing curricula and learning simulation to support a quinary career development model. Asian-Pacific Journal of Cooperative Education, 10(2), 99-119.

Betts, K. (2009). Lost in translation: Importance of effective communication in online education. Online Journal of Distance Education Administrators, 12(2).

Betts, K., Urias, D., Betts, K., & Chavez, J. (2009). Higher education and shifting U.S. demographics: Need for visible career paths, professional development, succession planning & commitment to diversity. Academic Leadership On-Line Journal 7(2).

Betts, K. (2009). Online human touch (OHT) training and support: A conceptual framework to increase faculty and adjunct faculty engagement, connectivity, and retention in online education, Part 2. Journal of Online Learning and Teaching, 5(1), 29-48.

Betts, K. (2008). Online human touch (OHT) instruction and programming: A conceptual framework to increase online student engagement and retention in online education, Part 1. Journal of Online Learning and Teaching, 4(3), 399-418.

Betts, K., & Sikorski, B. (2008). Financial bottom line: Estimating the cost of turnover and attrition for online faculty and adjunct. Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 11(1).

  • Online student engagement, retention and completion
  • Online Human Touch
  • Online neuropedagogy and online neuro-instructional design
  • Faculty development
  • eStudent Affairs and eAdvising
  • Program development, accessibility and federal regulations
  • Drexel University, School of Education
    Clinical Professor
    Director, EdD program, Philadelphia (previous)
    Director, MS in Higher Education program (previous)
  • Drexel University, Office of the Provost
    Senior Director, eLearning
  • Forbes Education
    Chief Academic Officer
  • Armstrong State University
    Director, Online & Blended Learning
  • Educational Consultant
  • Fairfax County Public School System, Spanish Teacher

Kristen Betts is a Clinical Professor in the EdD Program in Educational Leadership & Management in the School of Education at Drexel University. Dr. Betts has 20 years of experience in higher education serving in key leadership positions within private, public, and for-profit institutions as a program director, Senior Director for e-Learning, (90+ online and blended programs), Director of Online & Blended Learning, and Chief Academic Officer. She has also served as a Trustee at The George Washington University. Dr. Betts is currently serving as a national faculty member with the Urban Special Education Leaders for Tomorrow (USELT) Project, which is a collaborative grant initiative with Drexel University's School of Education, four partner schools, the National Urban Special Education Leadership Initiative (NUSELI), and national and international special education leaders. Dr. Betts’ expertise is in higher education, online and blended learning, curriculum and instructional design, strategic planning, and evaluation. Her research focus is on online and blended learning, Online Human Touch/high touch, Brain-Targeted Teaching, 21st century skills, workforce/career development, student/faculty retention, eAdvising, eStudent Affairs, accessibility, and faculty development. Dr. Betts is a reviewer with Middle States Commission on Higher Education, a Quality Matters certified peer reviewer, and an instructor for the Online Learning Consortium Advanced Certificate program. Dr. Betts has received distinguished national awards for her work in higher education and online learning including the CITE 2015 Award by Pearson for Excellence in Online Administration. Dr. Betts has also been a keynote speaker at conferences and government-supported events in Sweden, South Korea, Canada, and across the United States.