Approximately 3.9 million students enrolled in at least one online course in fall 2007. According to Allen and Seaman (2008), online education growth rates have continued to outpace total higher education growth rates and there are no signs of online growth slowing down.
Dr. Kristen Betts is a Clinical Professor in the School of Education at Drexel University. Dr. Betts has over 20 years of experience in higher education serving in key leadership positions within private, public, and for-profit institutions as a program director, Senior Director for e-Learning, Director of Online & Blended Learning, and Chief Academic Officer. Dr. Betts’ expertise is in higher education, online and blended learning, curriculum development, instructional design, and faculty development. Dr. Betts publishes and presents on online and blended learning, pitoval pedagogy, student/faculty recruitment and retention, Online Human Touch/high touch, Mind, Brain & Education Science, Brain-Targeted Teaching, online pedagogy, accreditation, and real world-transfer. Dr. Betts is a peer evaluator with the Middle States Commission for Higher Education and an instructor for the Online Learning Consortium Advanced Certificate program. Dr. Betts is a Fulbright Specialist and served and a grant reviewer for the Research Grants Council in Hong Kong. Dr. Betts is a conference reviewer for several national and international associations. She was a National Faculty Academy Coordinator for an Urban Special Education Leaders of Tomorrow (USELT) grant, and she has been a reviewer for 13 journals/publishers and been a guest editor for two special issues of a refereed journal. Dr. Betts has received distinguished national awards for her work in higher education and online learning. Dr. Betts has been a keynote speaker at conferences and government-supported events in Sweden, South Korea, Canada, and across the United States. She is a co-Director of the Education, Learning and Brain Science (E-LaBS) research collaborative. Dr. Betts is also an invited blogger for INTERACT123
Charting the Course and Tapping the Community: The EDUCAUSE Top Teaching and Learning Challenges 2009
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