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Winter 2016-17

A Six-College Approach to Transcending Disciplines for Learning and Transfer through Immersive Virtual Reality.

If I were to tell you that Dr. Kristen Betts is a Clinical Professor in the School of Education, I would only scratch the surface of what her role actually is at Drexel University.  The courses that she currently teaches in the EdD in Educational Leadership & Management program and the MS in Higher Education program are just the tip of the iceberg.   You can tell by speaking to her that she is passionate about teaching and the study of how people learn.  She is currently involved in many different projects on campus involving faculty, staff, and students.  One such project is a research proposal that focuses on advancing the understanding of how students learn when courses are augmented with 2-D, 3-D, and Immersive Virtual Reality (IVR) through various measurements and assessments called “A Six-College Approach to Transcending Disciplines for Learning and Transfer through Immersive Virtual Reality. 


School of Education Focuses on Accreditation: An Interview with Director of Assessment and Accreditation, Brigitte Valesey.

The School of Education has been attempting to put a stronger emphasis on the assessment of teaching and learning while at the same time seeking accreditation for their programs from the Council of Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).  In order to facilitate these two initiatives, a new position was created entitled Director of Assessment and Accreditation.  Through the search process, the college was fortunate to find a candidate that had been directing similar initiatives and more for Widener University.  Brigitte Valesey has been at Drexel for 6 months, but she is already doing some great things.  The following are the results of an interview with the new director.


Assessment Made Simple through Reflection

Anne Willkomm has been at Drexel for less than a year and she has hit the ground running.  As the program Director of Graduate Studies at Goodwin College of Professional Studies, Willkomm has been implementing her vast experience into preparing to relaunch for fall of the 2017-18 academic year.  In particular Willkomm will implement a simple, but effective form that she had previously used to encourage faculty reflection and evaluation.  This form paired with student end of term evaluations provides a more detailed picture of what occurred in a given course.  “Student end of term surveys have their place, but they are only a part of review of teaching and learning.”  Anne developed the simple format to show that assessment is not punitive.  This reflective approach gives the faculty the opportunity to open up about what happened in their course and to assess both courses and the program in order to encourage continuous improvement.