Speaker Date Topic
NO MEETING May 28, 2018
Dr. Amy Novak, President at DWU Jun 04, 2018
Digital DWU: Rethinking How We Teach and Learn in A Digital Age
Digital DWU:  Rethinking How We Teach and Learn in A Digital Age

Amy Novak, Ed.D., President at Dakota Wesleyan University, will share how a unique partnership with Apple Education is allowing her faculty to explore new models of teaching and learning for the 21st century student. For a many decades, the average national university graduation rates have remained relatively constant. Additionally, the data confirms that the retention of content has also remained relatively flat.  This presentation explores new strategies for connecting learners with workplace relevant experiences that leverage technology and hands-on learning to strengthen student engagement in the knowledge and dispositions necessary for successful leadership trajectories.

Dr. Novak plans to strengthen club member understanding regarding these key topics during her presentation.

  • Understand how new scientific findings in brain development ought to alter how we understand teaching and learning
  • Understand the relevance of linking workplace experiences with educational outcomes
  • Appreciate how different learning styles can be accommodated with technology
  • Introduce the concept of digital literacy and what it means to education and our workplaces


Amy Novak became the first female president of Dakota Wesleyan University in 2013. During her tenure, the university has experienced record enrollment, retention, and fundraising success. Partnerships with business and industry to strengthen academic offerings, and enhance the student experience have been critical to the institution’s growth. In February, DWU announced a first in the region partnership with Apple to equip learners for our digital world. Amy will discuss what this means for teaching, learning, and future employability in the labor force. Amy and her husband Ken are parents to 8 children ages 9-22 and are grateful for the opportunity to call the 900+ students at DWU, their family as well.

President Dave Pfeifle Jun 25, 2018
Annual General Meeting - A Year in Reflection