Patsy Beffa-Negrini meets with MA Secretary of Education Reville

December 31, 2012

Massachusetts Secretary

of Education Paul Reville visited the University Without Walls Nov. 20 to see first-hand how innovations in technology and online learning are opening doors for adult students living and working in the Commonwealth. Reville's visit was part of his statewide tour aimed at gathering information on best practices in educational technology in K-12 and higher education settings.

During the visit, Reville met with UWW director Ingrid Bracey, who described the program’s model. Kyle Stephanie Kraus, instructional designer and trainer with CPE E-learning, provided an overview of Blackboard Learn, and Nutrition instructor Patricia Beffa-Negrini and Geosciences doctoral candidate and instructor Sean Fitzgerald showed how they teach online General Education courses popular with UWW students using Blackboard Learn. UWW students Audley Robinson, studying marketing and sales, and Joe Garland, studying American political advocacy, gave Reville a tour of their online courses, focusing on UWW’s individualized degree-planning and prior-learning portfolio writing processes.

“It was truly an honor to host Secretary Reville and to have the opportunity to share with him UWW’s innovative educational model,” said Bracey.