National STEM Survey: Development and Processes for Large-Scale Survey Research

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Brief Abstract

While online education has seen significant growth over the past 20 years, Online STEM Education has lagged behind other disciplines in adoption and successes. As part of the research arm of the OLC in conjunction with our sponsors Every Learner Everywhere, HHMI BioInteractive, DigitalEd, and Carolina Distance Learning, we are developing a study to hone in on why Online STEM Education has not been adopted more widely.  Come join us to better understand the process we are undertaking to identify the questions that will be included in this study. We will also discuss the role of advisory committees for this initiative as well as the themes that will be a part of this study. Finally, come learn about how we are pivoting our own strategy, along with the rest of the education arena, in a COVID-impacted world.


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.
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.

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