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Annual Methodist University Title III Teaching and Learning Symposium
April 9, 2014 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.
Gail Ring is the Director of the ePortfolio Program at Clemson University and an Assistant Professor in the School of Education. Her research is focused on the use of ePortfolios for learning and assessment. She has also examined innovation diffusion in an academic setting, specifically as it relates to the use of digital portfolios in a K-20 environment. Gail is currently studying faculty engagement and ePortfolios and what the characteristics of an engaged professor are. She has co-authored book chapters and manuscripts on innovative teaching, ePortfolios and related topics, and has presented her research at many regional, national and international conferences. She holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Florida. Her ePortfolio can be found at http://people.clemson.edu/~gring.
Patrick W. O'Neil is Assistant Professor of History and co-coordinator of Women's Studies at Methodist University. He brings to his classes on American culture, society, and gender an emphasis on making the classroom a space for historical exploration rather than the mere conveyance of knowledge. He does this by using a wide and ever-changing array of tools, encouraging students to use sources from online databases to direct the flow of conversation and guide their research outside class. He received his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his B.A. from Grinnell College, and is working on his first book, entitled The Invention of the American Wedding.
Jennifer Hannigan is the Research Analyst at the Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness. In addition to receiving her Masters in Philosophy from the University of Cambridge, Jennifer also completed the Joint Schools of Social Sciences Research Methods program. She has a background in mixed-methods research, especially with quantifying qualitative data through interpretive phenomenological analysis, grounded theory, thematic analysis coding and statistical analyses. As a survey administrator, she conducts and oversees course evaluation, on and off-campus survey research, and facilitates faculty and staff workshops. Additionally, Jennifer’s research interests include cross-cultural psychology and child-rearing methods.
Jennifer is passionate about gaining knowledge to improve assessment and evaluation techniques to promote student learning outcomes. She has conducted faculty focus groups on the implementation and integration of web-based assessment (TK20). She participated in the Southern Association of Institutional Researchers conference, where she was selected to judge "best paper". She also engaged in the Qualtrics Users Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah where she continued her learning with the latest tools in online survey research. Jennifer recently participated in (NCAIR) North Carolina Association of Institutional Researchers where she presented a work share in Concord, NC on March 25, 2014.