Walters State Community College will confer over 1,300 associate degrees and certificates during its 46th commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. on May 10 at the Great Smoky Mountains Expo Center in White Pine.
This year’s commencement address will be delivered by the college’s inaugural Mobile Learning Fellows: Darlene Smith, assistant professor of education, and Dr. Matthew Smith, assistant professor of chemistry.
As Mobile Learning Fellows, they encourage faculty to explore new methods of engaging students and increasing active student involvement through the use of mobile devices and emerging technologies.
The Mobile Learning Fellows is a key part of Walters State’s mobilization plan, which helped the college earn recognition as a 2013-15 Apple Distinguished Program. This national award is given for its innovative use of mobile technology as a tool for enhancing student engagement and improving learning outcomes. Academic divisions first developed plans to use mobile devices like phones and tablets in the classroom in 2011. Since then, the college has realized a 10 to 25 percent increase in student learning through the use of mobile technologies.
Darlene Smith joined the faculty in 2007. A Morristown native, she holds a B.S. in elementary education from Carson-Newman University and a M.Ed. in educational administration and supervision from East Tennessee State University. Smith has also taught elementary school.
Dr. Matthew Smith, no relation, joined the faculty in 2010. He is a native of Mississippi and holds a B.S. degree in chemistry from William Carey University and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Tennessee. He previously taught at the high school level and served as an adjunct faculty member at Walters State.
WSCC ranks among the top three tech-savvy community colleges in this year’s Digital Community Colleges Survey by the Center for Digital Education.