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Werth selected for Digital Fellows Program

July 07, 2017 12:00 AM
Pikeville, Ky.
University of Pikeville Provost Lori Werth, Ph.D., has been selected to participate in the Association of Chief Academic Officers (ACAO) Digital Fellows Program. Werth is one of only 32 provosts and chief academic officers (CAOs) nationwide chosen for the program, which is supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and designed to provide provosts and CAOs with critical information, effective resources, and tested strategies to help CAOs and their faculty understand and adopt high quality digital courseware.

The goal of this project is to explore ways to use digital technology to increase retention and persistence to graduation among undergraduates, especially those who are first generation, low income, or students of color.

Additionally, the ACAO Fellowship Program will curate a rich, public archive of resources on digital learning and related issues to serve the community of CAOs who want to leverage digital curricular materials to foster student engagement and enhance student learning at their institutions.

“We are delighted with the response from the CAO community to the fellowship opportunity,” said Laura Niesen de Abruna, principal investigator for the ACAO Digital Fellows Program and provost at York College of Pennsylvania. “The 32 men and women selected as ACAO Digital Fellows represent a wide variety of campuses and bring a rich portfolio of personal, professional, and professorial experience and expertise to this initiative.”

The year-long fellowship opportunity includes four meetings of the fellowship recipients for workshops on digital learning. The Gates Foundation grant also includes support for individual campus projects focused on digital learning.

Werth, UPIKE’s first provost, looks forward to taking part in the fellowship and enriching digital learning at the university.

“I am thankful for the opportunity to participate in the ACAO Digital Fellows Program,” said Werth. “Innovative methods of teaching and learning inspire and empower the 21st century learner. Technology used as a tool often allows for new ways to enhance student learning and provides ways for learners to interact, communicate and collaborate. Ultimately, it is my hope that our UPIKE faculty and students will be impacted by this fellowship opportunity.”

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