Staff Directory

Andrea Adams

Acting Associate Dean of LET
Email: adamsah@jmu.edu
Phone: 540-568-6568

Areas of Expertise

I have been in the educational field for over 14 years, including both K-12 and higher education. I graduated with a B.S. in Technology Education from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and earned a M.Ed in Educational Technology from James Madison University. I lead the faculty development team in planning, implementing and assessing faculty development opportunities to help the JMU community effectively integrate instructional technologies into teaching and learning.

Presentations & Publications

Supporting Instructional Design & Distance Education for Online Learning - June 26, 2014

ACCS 2013 Conference, Charlottesville, Virginia
March 13-15, 2013

Presented by: Andrea Adams, James Madison University & Rick Reo, George Mason University

Staff from two VA colleges will share their experiences, best practices and technologies for supporting online education at their schools. A goal of this session is to establish a community of instructional designers and other distance education administrative or technical staff for the purposes of sharing resources and discussing issues related to online course development, faculty training, and technical support.  A 15 minute Q&A is planned at the end of this session.

Assessing Faculty Needs: A Mixed Methods Approach - October 29, 2012

Library Assessment Conference, Charlottesville, Virginia
October 29-31, 2012

Presented by: Andrea Adams, Nisa Bakkalbasi, Jamie Calcagno-Roach, Jason Kopp, Megan Rodgers, John Sessoms, Donna Sundre, Nicole Wilson

This paper reports on the usefulness of a mixed method research approach to gain an understanding of teaching needs of faculty related to Learning Management Systems (LMS). Instruction using a learning management system (LMS) is a growing practice at institutions of higher education and the technology needs that faculty have for online, blended and face-to-face environments are evolving. The purpose of this study is to investigate and determine faculty needs related to instructional technologies and specifically their needs for a LMS. In an attempt to consider multiple viewpoints, perspectives, and standpoints a mixed method needs assessment approach (that is, qualitative and quantitative methods) was employed.

Assessing Impact: Developing Quality Online Courses - June 26, 2014

19th Annual SLOAN Consortium International Conference on Online Learning
November 20-22, 2013, Lake Buena Vista, Florida

Engage in an assessment cycle to measure learning outcomes for faculty in Institutes for Online Course Development. Read the Extended Abstract.

VRA Mid-Atlantic Engaging New Technologies - May 29, 2009

Presented by: Andrea Adams, Jamie Calcagno, Mary Ann Chappel, Sarah Cheverton
May 29, 2009 at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA
Presentation: http://sites.google.com/site/vramidatlantic

Andrea Adams, Assistant Director of Faculty Development, Jamie Calcagno, Educational Technology Consultant, Mary Ann Chappel, Educational Technologies Librarian, and Sarah Cheverton, CIT Director, facilitated a 6-hour work session for the VRA Mid-Atlantic Chapter Meeting Participants on Engaging in New Technologies.  The Theme was Speed Dating:  Matching you with the technology of your dreams. Participants worked with CIT technology matchmakers who organized group events to allow them to get better acquainted with social media tools in a safe, no pressure environment.