Engage, Encourage, Educate: Student Services for the 21st Century is the ACCESS conference theme for March 8-10, 2017 at Biola University, LaMirada, CA. Dr. Dawn Morton, Dean of Intensive, Online, and Off-Site Learning at Ashland Theological Seminary will be the keynote speaker for the conference.
The mission of ACCESS is to provide leadership in the field of Christian distance education. With that in mind, we seek to highlight ways in which we can apply social networking, faith formation, and online learning to those with whom we interact, be it in the classroom, the church, or the community.
Personalized learning is one of the top buzzwords in education now; it suggests a host of different learning methods that are typically institution-driven. It is likely that learning will continue to be learner-driven where learners control their learning and become not just consumers of content but active creators of content, building knowledge through collaboration and connectivity via smart phone apps. Students will be in control not only of when they learn, but will demand that they contribute to their learning through discussions and collaboration, creating content while doing so. This student-driven phenomenon suggests that schools and higher education institutions will need to respond by creating learning programs that acknowledge that the learner is seeking this kind of personalized learning experience.
Dr. Dawn also recently served as Vice-President Conference for Society of Professors in Christian Education (SPCE), October 2016, Orlando, FL. and continues to serve as a board member. She is an editorial advisory board member for the Christian Education Journal (CEJ). Her April publication was in Christianity Today entitled "I Grew Up with Two Women Pastors," http://www.christianitytoday.com/gifted-for-leadership/2016/april/i-grew-up-with-two-women-pastors.html
Her undergraduate degree is in Bible and Theology, Mt. Vernon Foursquare Bible College. She has a Master of Christian Education, Ashland Theological Seminary and Doctor of Education in Leadership at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.