July 2013 Featured Facilitator - Kristen Betts


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July 2013 Featured Facilitator - Kristen Betts



In 2013 Sloan-C was fortunate enough to have Dr. Kristen Betts as moderator for the Accessibility Webinar series. The series was a premier offering including four 90-minute webinars. The series focused on accessibility, including federal regulations, available resources, invisible disabilities, and effective practices for student and faculty success.

Each webinar brought together a panel of administrative leaders, faculty, and students with accessibility expertise from across the United States who will provide individual and collective perspectives to working with students and faculty with disabilities in online education.

The series brought a large audience, with over 700 registrations and hundreds of attendees at each event. The most popular panel on Accessibility Specialists drew over 300 individuals. It's no accident that Sloan-C was able to bring together this outstanding participation from the community. One of the chief reasons for the series' success was moderator Dr. Kristen Betts.

Dr. Betts is the Chief Academic Officer at Forbes Education who has over 15 years of experience as an administrator, program director, associate clinical professor, and adjunct instructor with private and public institutions. She has served as the Director of Online & Blended Learning at Armstrong Atlantic State University and the Senior Director for eLearning at Drexel University. Additionally she has served as the Director of the blended EdD Program in Educational Leadership & Management program for the Philadelphia campus and the founding Director of the online Master of Science in Higher Education program at Drexel University. While at Armstrong and Drexel University, she led program and campus initiatives that received distinguished statewide, national and international awards. Armstrong: 2013 University System of Georgia Collaborate Innovator Awards; 2013 Outstanding Student Learning Program for the Georgia College Personnel Association; and 2013 Silver Award for the NASPA Excellence Awards. Drexel: 2011 Blackboard Collaborate Hall of Fame Award for Excellence in Collaboration; 2011 Grand Bronze Medal Award and Gold Award for the NASPA Excellence Awards; 2010 Sloan-C Excellence in Institution-Wide Online Education; and 2008 Best Practices Award in Distance Learning Programming from the United States Distance Learning Association.

Dr. Betts has also been a keynote speaker at conferences and government-supported events in Sweden, South Korea, Canada, and across the United States. She serves on several advisory boards and as a conference reviewer for several national and international associations. Dr. Betts is a Quality Matters certified peer reviewer and master reviewer. She is also a HERS (Higher Education Resource Services) Institute alumna and has been a reviewer for the Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks (JALN), Journal for Online Learning and Teaching (JOLT), Journal of Online Pedagogy & Course Design (IJOPCD), Journal of Tourism & Hospitality (JTH), and EDUCAUSE Quarterly (EQ). Betts publishes and presents nationally and internationally on online and blended education, student/faculty recruitment and retention, adult learning, branding, Online Human Touch, Online First-Year Experience, eAdvising, eStudent Affairs, dashboards, accessibility, cooperative education/work integrated learning, stackable credential programs, and faculty development.

Between 2012-2013, Kristen collaborated with Sloan Consortium to coordinate and produce the four part series. Zeren Eder, Sloan-C Webinar Producer commented, "It was a great privilege to work with Kristen. Her energy is contagious and her dedication is inspiring. Through our collaboration for the series, I learned a lot from her organizational skills and her professionalism combined with her warm personality. I am definitely looking forward to future opportunities to work with her."

Sloan-C is proud to feature collaborators like Betts who are experts both inside Sloan-C and externally to other professional communities.

Thank you for your service, Dr. Kristen Betts. We are happy to spotlight you as our featured facilitator for July 2013.

Each webinar recording is free and viewable by website members. Click on the webinar title to review the resources and recorded event archive. 

Administrative Panel: Understanding the Law & Building Accessible Institutional Infrastructures
January 15, 2013 12-1:30 pm ET

Student & Alumni Panel: What Students with Disabilities Want Faculty & Administrators to Know 
February 12, 2013 12-1:30 pm ET

Faculty Panel: What Faculty with Disabilities Want Institutions to Know 
March 14, 2013, 12-1:30 pm ET

Accessibility Specialists: Understanding “Invisible” Disabilities & What this Means for Online Education 
April 23, 2013, 12-1:30 pm ET