A Year In Review: Online STEM Education From September 2019-2020

Concurrent Session 3
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Brief Abstract

As part of the research arm of the Online Learning Consortium in conjunction with our sponsors Every Learner Everywhere, HHMI BioInteractive, DigitalEd, and Carolina Distance Learning, come learn about a year in postsecondary Online STEM Education. From September 2019 through September 2020, the STEM Survey Working Group has been collecting data through focus groups, mini-surveys, conversations, presentations, media flow, and discussions. We have been able to follow the changes in online STEM education pre and post the COVID-impacted world of digital learning and will inform you of any questions that have changed and which questions have stayed the same over the course of a pivotal year in online learning. Come join us to learn about and discuss our findings before the long-awaited release of the National Online STEM Survey.

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Devon A. Cancilla, Ph.D., is the Chief Knowledge Officer with the Online Learning Consortium. Prior to this, Devon was the Vice Provost for Academic Innovation at UMKC. Devon also served as Dean and then Associate Provost for Learning at American Sentinel University, a fully online institution. He was an Associate Professor of Environmental Science and Director of Scientific Technical Services (SciTech) at Western Washington University (WWU) where he led the development of the Integrated Laboratory Network (ILN), an online laboratory initiative funded by the National Science Foundation. Devon has received both the Sloan-C (now OLC) Outstanding Achievement Award for Online Education and an Effective Practice Award for his research into the development and use of online laboratories. He attended the University of Iowa, where he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees, and UCLA, where he received his doctorate in Environmental Health Science. Devon’s current research interests relate to the use of analytics in the design and development of online courses. Devon lives in Bellingham, Washington.
Lynette provides leadership for the OLC Research Center for Digital Learning and Leadership. Prior, she was the Director, Learning Enhancement for the Center for Learning Experimentation, Application, and Research at the University of North Texas. Lynette’s experience spans the educational pipeline from K-12 to public universities and community colleges, and in addition to her digital learning and leadership roles, she has served in a number of positions in Academic Affairs, Enrollment Management, and Educational Partnerships. She has worked extensively with public, private, corporate, and philanthropic organizations, was involved in two State of Texas Star-Award winning initiatives, and led the statewide Texas Reverse Transfer Initiative, resulting in more than 7,000 degrees awarded within the first year of the program and policy mandate. Lynette also teaches Quantitative Methods and Research Methods courses for the University of North Texas, and has a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration, an M.S. in Educational Psychology, and a B.A. in Psychology. In her spare time, Lynette practices yoga, reads everything from YA to historical non-fiction, and is involved in her community in Denton, TX.
Kate Lee-McCarthy is the Director of Grants and Finance for the Online Learning Consortium. She is a participating member in Every Learner Everywhere Network's Digital Learning Innovations Working Group, the Digital Learning Innovations Advisory Committee, the Asset Management Working Group and is a Consultant for the Market Trends Working Group. She has a BSBA in Finance and Marketing from Boston University and an MA in Environmental and Sustainability Management from Harvard University.

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