"My advice to Walden students is to remember why you are pursuing a degree; let your academic journey be a part of your life, but find a balance so it doesn't take over your life. Don't be afraid to explore all the support services Walden offers; if you have a question, Walden has an answer for you... you just have to go out and find it!"
Research Interests: Adult learners; online learning; student engagement; increasing student retention in online courses
Social Change Interests: Improving educational experiences for online learners
Joined Walden: 2012
About Shawna: As an Instructional Specialist, I assist Shawn Picht in various student outreach and support platforms. My main focus is managing and updating the Academic Skills Center, Doctoral Writing Assessment, and Office of Academic Support websites. I also manage the ASC's Quick Answers database, including statistics, peer mentors, and more. I joined Walden as a graduate student in 2012 I decided to continue my journey with the Walden family and become a member of the support staff 2017!
What I do in my role as Instructional Specialist
In my role as support staff, I find myself doing a lot of different projects! My role is not "student-facing" (meaning I don't work directly with students), but I still like to consider myself as student support! It is my job, to build, update, and maintain our websites; this includes the ASC website, the CAEX website, Peer Mentors and Tutoring websites, and the Doctoral Writing Assessment (DWA) website. I meet with the amazing people in each of these areas and we discuss website analytics, and how we can make changes to benefit our students.
I also create, maintain, and update the QuickAnswers for the ASC, CAEX, and DWA. When you search the website, your student portal, or even in your classroom, you can find our resources through these search results!
As a former Walden student, I know the challenges that come with being an employee, parent, and student; so it is my goal to help make our amazingly helpful resources easily accessible for you!
My favorite project
There are so many projects that I have loved being a part of! A couple of my favorites would include the YouTube Channel overhaul, the PowToons projects, and of course, the ASC website redesign.
I began my Walden journey in 2012 as a Masters student in the psychology program (technically a PhD track program). I completed my Master's degree in 2014 and my PhD in Educational Psychology in June of 2017, publishing my dissertation "Gender differences in discussion strategies of online asynchronous undergraduate psychology major student."
I am now back as a Walden student in the Graduate Certificate Program for Information Systems. I started in November 2020 and should complete the certificate program by Summer 2021.
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