Dr. Lucia Nemeth was recently named Wilmington University’s director of Educational Effectiveness and is working with a dedicated team to ensure that students receive a high-quality learning experience as online learning enrollment grows and expands.
“Wilmington University is a proven leader in distance learning,” says Dr. Nemeth. “The largest increase in our enrollment has been in the area of online learning. In collaboration with the colleges and areas within Academic Affairs, the online coordinators and
I will ensure that online courses remain relevant, current, and provide online students with a high-quality, high-touch learning experience.”
Under the leadership of Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Jim Wilson, the combined experience of these professionals played a significant role during the COVID-19 quarantine, in terms of providing the tools that face-to-face instructors needed to transition to the online environment successfully.
“Fortunately, because of Dr. Wilson’s and the deans’ foresight, instructors were already familiar with Canvas, our learning management system,” says Dr. Nemeth.
Students receive a quality education regardless of modality, and the Educational Effectiveness team remains committed to “being proactive in our training and in tailoring our instructional efforts to meet the ever-changing demands of online learning,” says Dr. Nemeth.
WilmU’s online coordinators, Dr. Jennifer Bennett, Dedra Poe, Josh Ruggiero and Kelly Winchell, play a critical role by providing support and outreach to faculty, impacting thousands of students and hundreds of courses each semester, says Dr. Nemeth. “They may not directly interact with students, but their work behind the scenes is crucial to ensuring that
students are receiving an exceptional online experience.”
Dr. Nemeth says she’s proud to be associated with an institution that has been a trailblazer in distance learning. “It’s a commitment that enables us to continue providing excellent educational opportunities,” even in the face of a crisis like COVID 19.