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Kevin Dooley to Spend Year Studying Distance Learning

September 21, 2016 -- As a newly-named Presidential Fellow, Kevin Dooley will spend the 2016-17 academic year studying how distance learning can be enhanced at the college.
Kevin Dooley to Spend Year Studying Distance Learning

Sep 20, 2016

“Distance learning is the wave of the future,” said Dooley, a CNM Criminal Justice faculty member.

Dooley’s interest in distance learning dates back to 2003 when he became a master online instructor for Webct, an online proprietary virtual learning environment system. He has been teaching online courses ever since.  

“Because I teach criminal justice courses, I was very interested in this venue as these professions are not schedule-friendly for face-to-face college instruction,” Dooley said. “It makes it very difficult for employees in this field to further education. I saw distance learning as the perfect solution for this problem.”

In his role as Presidential Fellow, Dooley will strive to ensure that CNM is in full compliance with State Authorized Reciprocity Agreement Compliance (SARA) and that there is an improvement in the quality of distance education at the college.

SARA is an agreement among member states, districts and territories that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offerings of postsecondary distance education courses and programs. The agreement is intended to make it easier for students to take online courses offered by postsecondary institutions based in another state.

Dooley noted that having a sophisticated distance learning environment will make CNM a better place to learn.

“Since the beginning distance learning has evolved to a level where it has proven to be as effective as face-to-face instruction for most courses,” he said. “It provides flexibility for persons who need to get an education but do not have the time to go to a location and attend lectures at a scheduled time. They can work within their own framework and still get an education. It will eventually result in more people getting a higher education.”

Dooley is certified as a Quality Matters (QM) Master Reviewer, which includes standards for best practices in distance education. He has QM peer reviewed other college distance learning classes as a subject matter expert. QM is the best practices model used for meeting SARA standards. He is also an early adopter of Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, which provides an online venue for face-to-face learning. He intends to eventually use it to do group hands-on exercises for course work.

Dooley has a bachelor’s degree in corrections from the University of Albuquerque and a master’s degree in management (Criminal Justice) from Colorado Tech University.