People: Dan Spencer

Dan Spencer

Postdoctoral Research Scholar Online and Distance Education
Address Box 7113 Raleigh NC 27695 Phone: 919-515-4679
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Biographical Info

Dan Spencer is DELTA’s inaugural Postdoctoral Research Scholar. As part of the DELTA Planning & Assessment team, Dan provides support of empirical research efforts that contribute to maintaining and evaluating DELTA’s strategic plan. Specifically, he is conducting data-driven research focusing on understanding differences between student success in online and face-to-face education. By partnering with faculty, Dan is a valuable resource for SoTL research focused on online and blended courses, and the wider effectiveness of course redesign initiatives conducted at DELTA. He provides assistance in the designing of qualitative and quantitative methods for collecting and analyzing assessment data, as well as disseminating the findings to those at NC State and the wider academic community.

Dan received his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from NC State University. Originally from the United Kingdom, he received his BSc and MSc degrees in Psychology and Psychological Research from Bangor University, Wales. His research interests center around designing, developing, and evaluating the effectiveness of pedagogical interventions for online, face-to-face, and blended courses. In particular, his focus has been on improving self-regulation and motivation in both individual and collaborative environments, as well as the use of assessment data and processes to improve student learning outcomes and perceptions.