Wendy Oliver is poised to become one of the nation’s preeminent voices in online and blended learning, as her Blended & Online Learning Practice Frameworks are unveiled in 2014. The announcement will include the release of four related software applications, professional publications, and related upcoming professional development videos and supporting materials.
Subsequent to her master’s degree, Dr. Oliver used her experience in change leadership to manage a grant funded, data-driven program that generated innovation and educational change in her school district. This foundation in change management coupled with her extensive knowledge of educational technology provided the opportunity to create and implement a district-wide virtual school. The success of this program led to creating and leading the State of Tennessee’s grant funded online learning program, e4TN, which was a statewide consortium that included over 100 school districts. Her leadership and team’s efforts at e4TN were recognized nationally with seven awards by the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) within five years.
Dr. Oliver has published numerous articles highlighting her experiences. Early in her career Dr. Oliver demonstrated interest in data analysis and evaluation, particularly in teacher evaluation. She was interviewed by 20/20 and published in Tennessee Educational Leadership on utilizing a framework for evaluation and professional growth, as a first year teacher.
The natural tie of online learning and assessment led Dr. Oliver to publish work on teacher effectiveness in the online environment, such as, Investigating Whether a Value-Added Teaching Effectiveness Model Designed for Traditional Classrooms Can be Used to Measure Online Teaching Quality, and her experience in digital leadership provided the opportunity to publish in Lessons learned from virtual schools: Experiences and recommendations from the field.
Dr. Oliver’s experience in digital learning and her expertise in assessment and evaluation have led to her current position as the Vice President of Learning, Research and Assessment for RANDA Solutions, an education data intelligence company based in Nashville.
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