The Center for Digital Education, a national research institute specializing in education technology trends, has named National Louis University’s Aarti Dhupelia to its Top 30 Technologists, Transformers and Trailblazers across America.
Dhupelia, vice president for strategic initiatives, won because NLU’s Pathways program, which she oversees, uses adaptive courseware and extensive data collection and analysis to support learners through the program.
The Center’s rationale for the award is to recognize K-20 education leaders who have transformed learning through the innovative use of technology, according to Executive Director for Content Susan Gentz. It hopes to showcase their accomplishments and best practices.
The Center accepts nominations for the Top 30 and judges the nominees on their efforts to improve education with digital tools, creativity and initiative, leadership qualities and the impact they have made on student achievement.
In the Center’s profile on Dhupelia, they cite her discussing the Pathways program’s adaptive, personalized courseware. It detects when students have not mastered a course module and then re-directs them to reinforce their learning about that topic.
Dhupelia also discussed the fact that technology helps keep expenses down and that staff track and analyze students’ results and data to keep improving the program.
“The nomination spoke of the initiative Aarti is working on to build an innovative, low cost, scalable, technology-leveraged approach to undergraduate education focused on serving the underserved,” wrote CDE’s Gentz.