DOBSON — Dawn Worley, Surry Community College business technologies instructor, successfully defended her dissertation “Student Perceptions of Connectedness in Online Courses” on Aug. 4.
Worley of Mount Airy earned an Ed.D. in education, which includes a specialization in higher education and adult learning, from Walden University. She has been an instructor at SCC since November of 2007. She received a bachelor’s degree in management information systems from High Point University. She earned a master’s degree in business administration from Walden University. Worley returned to Walden University for a doctorate degree because of the institution’s ongoing commitment to social change, she stated.
Worley’s dissertation examined the formation of relationships within online courses.
“I wanted to examine the connections developed between students in online courses, as well as how a sense of connectedness related to continued persistence and learning within online courses,” said Worley. “I chose this topic because it relates to my profession and desire to ensure that online students receive a quality learning experience commensurate with the experiences of seated students.”
Worley will be sharing some of her findings at the 2015 North Carolina Community College Association of Distance Learning (NC3ADL) Conference in October in Raleigh.
Worley will accept her doctorate degree at a graduation ceremony in January 2016, which will be held in Orlando, Florida. She is married to Jason Worley, who is also an educator. Prior to working at Surry Community College, Worley worked at Pike Electric, Inc., as a 401k administrator. She is a lifetime member of the Alpha Chi Honor Society, a national college honor society committed to academic excellence and exemplary character among college and university students.
In her spare time, Worley enjoys giving back to society and recently participated in a revitalization project at Fort Dupont Ice Arena in Washington, D.C., through the Monumental Sports and Entertainment Foundation. Fort Dupont offers free ice skating, educational activities and a community center for the youth in Washington. She also has participated in a Habitat for Humanity project alongside her students at SCC.
“It is our duty as citizens to positively impact our communities by helping others,” said Worley.