Colleges and universities must decide how to structure learning environments for the fall academic term and beyond to deliver quality instruction while maintaining the safety of the academic community. For many, the trove of data from the spring 2020 term is a source of valuable insights in this effort.
I work as a Principal Educational Consultant for the Blackboard Analytics team, scaling analytics adoption across higher education.
What that means, in practice, is that I help educators use numbers to ensure their students aren’t treated as one. This current role captures so much of what I loved in each of my preceding roles:
* identifying tendencies in student attrition and game planning for success (much like my football coaching days),
* helping people paint a picture of--and pursue-their hopes, dreams, and futures (just like Admissions),
* focusing those efforts towards the improvement of student learning (similar to my time in Academic & Career Advising).
As much as I feel this work truly embodies my skillset and interests, what I love most is raising my four children alongside my wife – with a healthy dose of dad jokes, a few clear--yet high--expectations, and a strong commitment to prayer to help my children in their individual pursuits of happiness.