Dr. Rebekah Davis is a career educator with over twenty years’ 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 recently obtained a Ph.D. from NCSU’s College of Education in Teacher Education and Learning Sciences with a focus on Learning Design and Technology. Rebekah’s dissertation study focused 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? While studying for her degree, Rebekah served as the Digital Learning Graduate Assistant in the College of Education’s Media and Education Technology Resource Center (METRC).
As a part of the PEER team with the Friday Institute, Dr. Davis sees an opportunity to continue to serve alongside educators in North Carolina with thorough and thoughtful research and evaluation. The wide reach of technology in today’s formal and informal learning settings provides constant connections to her areas of expertise. 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.
Team of Researchers, Evaluators to Aid Science Teachers in Incorporating Environmental Health Issues into Teaching
The National Institute of Health Sciences has given a Science Education Partnership Award to a cross-sector team of researchers and evaluators that aims to improve teachers’ content knowledge and teaching strategies to integrate emerging environmental health issues into STEM instruction.