Dean of Faculty talks about Applied Learning

applied learningDr. Martin Luther King said, “We are prone to judge success by the index of our salaries or the size of our automobiles, rather than by the quality of our service relationship to humanity.” Whether a new or long-term student at our schools you have probably heard about or experienced service learning in one of your courses.

Did you know that Service Learning is a component of Applied Learning?  The staff and faculty at our schools strongly believe in an Applied Learning Model as a way to apply classroom knowledge in the community.   The Dean of Faculty for the Online Division, Kristen O’Connell, shares that she hears of many students that are offered paid internships as well as full-time positions based upon the skills gained in their Applied Learning projects.  Kristen also stated that she encourages students to look for, read and comment on the applied learning stories that are shared in the weekly newsletter as a means for students to learn from each other and share knowledge.  Students that would like to share their successful stories of applied or service learning are encouraged to contact us.

Kristen O’Connell has been the Dean of Faculty since 2010.  Kristen earned a B.A. in English and Psychology from Gustavus Adolphus College, an MBA from Minnesota School of Business and is currently pursuing a Ed.D. in Higher Education and Adult Learning from Walden University.  Kristen has worked with the Globe Education Network since 2006 and has held roles in Online instruction, Academic Delivery and Financial Aid.  In her free time, Kristen enjoys golf, running and cheering on her favorite sports teams – especially the MN Twins!