Dr. Lisa D'Adamo-Weinstein Accepts Award for Technology Innovation on Behalf of Northeast Center Academic Support Services

By John Eisler, associate dean, Northeast Center

February 8, 2013

Dr. Lisa D'Adamo-Weinstein Dr. Lisa D'Adamo-Weinstein, at right, director of academic support at the Northeast Center, accepted one of three technology innovation awards presented this year by the National College Learning Center Association (NCLCA) on behalf of the Northeast Center (NEC). NEC’s Office of Academic Support was recoAgnized for its approach to providing open and blended models learning assistance and academic support enhanced with technology.

The purpose of the National College Learning Center Association Innovative Use of Technology Award is:

  • to recognize individuals, learning centers or institutions that use innovative technology solutions focused on the learning center to improve student learning, assist learners who may learn differently, improve resource usage, increase student engagement or enhance learning strategies
  • to encourage proliferation of innovative uses of technology to other learning centers so that students everywhere may benefit.

In his remarks during the awards ceremony, past NCLCA President Alan Craig read a comment from one of the reviewers who said that the Northeast Center’s “Academic Support On Demand” proposal was worthy of the award because it “…demonstrated a need from the learning center and a search for a technology that would support and enhance the efforts. In this case, the learning center had to rethink itself totally. They developed a systemwide approach to use multiple technologies in an innovative way. They looked at technological enhancement to our services and resources in an integrated package both for students face to face and at a distance. This innovative use of technology could well serve other learning centers which have pieces of the puzzle, but do not have them integrated into a whole cohesive system. It will also serve as a model for those who are struggling with budget cuts and dealing with multiple learning centers and students scattered over a large geographical area and students at a distance.”

D’Adamo-Weinstein reflected on the experience: “When I was at the awards luncheon and heard that our program was recognized with the No. 1 professional development resources in the field of learning assistance and academic support, the Learning Support Centers in Higher Education website, I was blown away. It was a great honor to be recognized and held on par with such a vital resource in our field.”

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