Global Learn 2019 Workshops

Wednesday, July 10  •  1:30 PM-4:00 PM


W1: Technology-mediated Holistic Advising Supports Retention

Abstract: Mercer County Community College in New Jersey has transformed its organizational structure, business processes and mechanisms to create a new shared model of student success that focuses on identifying and serving student cohorts. This new model uses technology to better understand who their students are and develop flexible, dynamic structures to meet the ever-changing needs of their students and anticipate future trends. This session will review how it works, what technology is used, how it has exponentially increased our student outreach, challenges, benefits, and what’s next.

Workshop Presenter: Alexandra Salas, Ph.D. is Dean of Innovation, Online Education and Student Success at Mercer County Community College (NJ). In this role, she oversees the Center for Global Opportunities, the Center for Retention & Completion, MercerOnline (Distance Education), Tutoring Services, the Center for Teaching & Learning, and Testing Centers. She is also an education consultant, speaker, facilitator, and lecturer in traditional and online platforms. She holds a doctorate in Education from Walden University, M.A. in Political Science from Queens College, and B.A. in Journalism and French Studies from New York University. Focus areas include Leadership, Globalization, Retention, Student Services, Advising, Business Development, STEM, Education Technology, and Language Learning.


W2: Inclusive Excellence, Higher Education and Online Quality Assurance: Meeting the Needs of Learners with Disabilities in Virtual Instruction

Abstract: Higher education institutions have been steadily expanding their online presence to meet the needs of learners who want flexible, convenient, and comprehensive access to post-graduate education and training (Frymier, Shulman & Houser, 1996; Lederman, 2018). At the same time, the number of students with disabilities pursuing post-secondary education and training has been steadily rising in the past few years (Betts, Cohen, Veit, Alphin Jr., Broadus & Allen, 2013)

According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), (2016), 11% of undergraduates in both 2007–08 and 2011–12 reported having a disability. These students have visual, aural, kinesthetic, or psychological impairments. While many steps have been taken to address the needs of students with a disability who take courses in the traditional campus, online courses and program offerings have not been adjusted to meet the needs of all students.

Consequently, this workshop has been developed to explore, analyze, and apply theories, tools and practices to help faculty and professionals with the development and implementation of high quality, engaging, and user-friendly online courses that meet the needs and requirements of all students, and most specifically those with disabilities. Participants will take away a guide that provides illustrative steps to begin the process of implementing high quality and learner-centered programs that engage to all learners and are ADA-compliant.

Workshop Presenters: Dr. Patrick Guilbaud currently serves as the Director of Extended Education and Associate Professor at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Dr. Guilbaud has over 20 years of experience leading, managing, and implementing distance education, faculty development, staff training, and continuing professional education course and program offerings. Most recently, Dr. Guilbaud developed and implemented a six-week faculty training and development program to spur exemplary online teaching and learning at Winthrop University. Dr. Guilbaud’s scholarship and research activities are focused on examining ways in which technology-enhanced instruction, grounded in appropriate pedagogy and sound design techniques stand to lead to academic innovation, learning improvement, skills mastery and knowledge retention. Dr. Guilbaud holds a Doctorate Instructional Technology and Master’s Degree in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia.