Joan Monahan Watson, Ph.D., Joins Digication as Director of Education

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Digication™ Inc., a leading provider of ePortfolios, to more than 6,000 academic institutions, today announced the appointment of Dr. Joan Monahan Watson, Ph.D., as Director of Education. Watson's experience and knowledge in teaching, higher education leadership, assessment and accreditation make makes her uniquely qualified for her new role.

Digication™, a leading provider of ePortfolios, today announces Dr. Joan Monahan Watson is joining the company as its Director of Education. Watson's experience and knowledge in teaching, higher education leadership, assessment and accreditation makes her uniquely qualified for her new role. Watson’s broad experience and deep expertise will enable her to speak to every aspect of the learning process as she collaborates with those implementing Digication.

"Joan brings a unique perspective to Digication as a power user of ePortfolio technology. Her experience from having had key leadership roles in programmatic assessment and accreditation efforts through her work at Virginia Tech and UGA will be incredibly useful for the entire Digication community," said Jeffrey Yan, CEO of Digication. "She can speak from her experience and relate to what is important to and for our customers. Her insights will prove invaluable for the institutions we serve."

Watson earned Bachelors and Masters degrees in English before completing her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Virginia Tech. She has taught at the secondary, undergraduate, and graduate levels, including graduate courses on assessment and evaluation; college teaching; and cognitive processes and educational practice. She has also been a long term practitioner and scholar within the ePortfolio domain. As Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies and then later as the Director of Pre-Education, Career, and Graduate School Advising, both at Virginia Tech, ePortfolio strategies were central to her teaching practice and to her programmatic assessment efforts.

More recently, Watson led assessment efforts for the University of Georgia’s SACS Quality Enhancement Plan and then served as Assistant Dean for the College of Pharmacy, also at the University of Georgia. In this latter role, she developed, implemented, and evaluated initiatives and programs that supported student success, insured compliance with accreditation standards, and facilitated the strategic goals of the College. She also introduced innovative teaching and assessment methodologies, including the use of ePortfolio, to her college. In all of her institutional settings, Watson has been highly engaged in university-level faculty development and instructional innovation efforts and has taught and mentored hundreds of faculty across the full range of disciplines over the years. Her passion for student learning provides the foundation for her scholarship. Watson is a winner of numerous teaching awards, including a national recognition. She has presented widely on teaching, learning, and assessment topics and has been published in numerous locations, including the Journal of Teaching and Learning with Technology, the International Journal for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, and the International Journal of ePortfolio.

About Digication
Founded by educators, Jeffrey Yan and Kelly Driscoll in 2002, Digication is a leading provider of easy-to-use ePortfolio and Assessment solutions for teachers and students at all levels, from K-12 to higher education. Students at more than 6,000 schools use Digication's ePortfolios to easily, flexibly and professionally showcase their work and achievements across schools and districts. ePortfolios create new opportunities for learning, reflection, communication, assessment and career advancement. Digication is headquartered in Providence, Rhode Island. For more information, visit http://www.digication.com

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