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by Angela Dunn

July 23, 2020

Meet the team behind the scenes of Competency-Based Education!

INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGNER: Rita Pool

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Rita Pool is an Instructional Designer and new to Lourdes University. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Cyber Art (Web and Graphic Design) from The University of Toledo and a Master of Education degree in Instructional Technology from Wayne State University. She worked in the eLearning and Academic Support department at The University of Toledo for six years assisting faculty with developing their online and blended courses.

Working as an Instruction Designer for five years at Bowling Green State University (BGSU), Rita earned certificates in the Basics of Inclusive Design for Online Education and Accessibility. She became involved with the Quality Matters Instructional Designers Association (QMIDA) and contributed to the Accessibility and Usability Resource Site (AURS) on the topic of Accessibility in Microsoft Office Products.

Rita lives in Michigan with her partner Andrew and their two cats Millie and Maggie Mae. In her spare time, she enjoys reading fiction (mostly mysteries), enjoying the outdoors and playing bass guitar.

SUCCESS COACH: Christine Nelson

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Christine is the Success Coach for Competency-Based Education at Lourdes. She works directly with students to ensure successful completion of programs through educational goals and support needs. She also serves as a liaison to ensure communication between students, faculty, and the Academic Success Center Staff in order to improve student success.

Christine completed her master’s degree at Kent State University in Higher Education Administration and Student Affairs and her bachelor’s degree at Bowling Green State University in Visual Communication Technology. She is from Perrysburg, Ohio. In her spare time, Christine enjoys spending time with family, cooking new recipes, and any outdoor activities – especially running or hiking.

COORDINATOR OF COMPETENCY-BASED PROGRAM: Angela Dunn

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Prior to joining the Lourdes community in 2019, she completed a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus in Educational Technology at The University of Toledo.  In addition, she served as a graduate assistant in The College of Education, teaching Multimedia in Education courses to pre-service teachers and coordinating the department’s digital marketing campaigns. Dr. Dunn is committed to creating quality, engaging, and effective online learning environments for students and faculty.  While completing her studies, she completed several certifications that included Quality Matters Peer Review, UT Online Teaching, ADA Compliance and Online Courses, and Business and Leadership.

More Key Roles For Competency-Based Programs 

Program Advisor: A program advisor will help you establish a plan of study. While you have control of when you complete your courses, the program advisor will help you provide sound advice so that you can earn your degree at an accelerated and affordable rate!

Program Facilitator: Your program facilitator is an active member in the field of study and a qualified mentor.  Each facilitator conducts research, works in the Nursing field, obtains appropriate credentials for teaching, and is an advocate for personalized learning.  These professionals are here to assist you with all academic related questions throughout the duration of each course.

Program Assessor: A program assessor evaluates all students’ course assessments. They work vigorously to ensure that students are graded fairly and without bias. In addition, program assessors work to ensure that assessments are meaningful and applicable to the program.