Rebekah Davis is a career educator with over 20 years of experience in K-12 and higher education in North Carolina. She earned a BA in 1995 from Elon University in middle grades education, a master’s degree from NC State in curriculum and instruction (2002), and is now a doctoral candidate in NC State’s College of Education in learning design and Ttechnology. Rebekah is especially interested in innovative uses of educational technology and is the instructor for an undergraduate course, “Introduction to Instructional Technology for Educators.” Her research during doctoral studies has focused on preservice teachers’ technology acceptance. Rebekah’s dissertation study focuses on the sense of presence experienced by adolescent users of virtual reality. Beyond the “wow factor” of VR, how might educators make sure the technology best impacts students’ learning?
As a part of the Friday Institute, Rebekah sees an opportunity to continue to serve in North Carolina with thorough and thoughtful research and evaluation. Projects to which Rebekah has contributed thus far include PBS North Carolina’s At-Home Learning Initiative, Durham Public Schools’ survey reporting, the Broadband Infrastructure Office’s Homework Gap Hotspot initiative, and the NC New Teacher Support Program evaluation.