Andrea Milligan, from Andover, North Shore Community College’s Director of the Center for Teaching, Learning and Innovation, has been named one of thirty K-12 and higher education leaders across America recognized by the Center for Digital Education (CDE) for their efforts to transform learning through the innovative use of technology.
The 2017 winners were selected based on their efforts to improve education through effective implementation of technology-rich solutions; their impact on student outcomes; and their overall initiative, creativity and leadership skills.
Milligan, who has extensive training as a librarian, enjoys contributing valuable resources to faculty across many disciplines. She provides professional development around instructional technology for faculty and staff, as well as supporting them with instructional technology for online and hybrid courses. She helps approximately 160 full-time faculty and hundreds of adjunct faculty try innovative pedagogies so they can create more engaging and interactive learning experiences with their students.
As part of her role, she implemented a professional development day where faculty can share and learn about valuable tools and resources. She also leads a two-day Faculty Instructional Technology Summer Institute where faculty learn about how instructional technology can impact teaching and learning. She also implemented an advisory council to advise staff on current initiatives aligned with faculty needs.
Beyond professional development, Milligan has also been instrumental in supporting student needs on campus. Specifically, The Affordable@NSCC project focuses on implementing open education and library resources to make things like textbooks more accessible and affordable for students. To date these open education resources have saved students more than $100,000, and are expected to increase savings even more in the future.
Milligan is proud of the positive impact that her team has had on faculty, staff and students, and she recognizes the crucial role that technology plays in education today. “When used thoughtfully and implemented around accomplishing pedagogical goals and learning objectives, educational technology and instructional technologies can enhance the student learning experience,” she said.
“I am extremely honored to be named one of the Top 30 Technologists, Transformers and Trailblazers by the CDE! The people and organizations on the Top 30 list are amazing innovators in impacting education through the use of technology and it is a privilege to be included as one of them,” said Milligan.
For more information on the CDE, go to http://bit.ly/2017Top30