Dr. Rebecca Gomez named ‘Top 30 Trailblazer’

The Center for Digital Education (CDE) has recognized Rebecca Gomez, PhD, assistant professor and director of the Worden School of Social Service, as one of the Top 30 Technologists, Transformers and Trailblazers across America.

The CDE honors pioneers in education technology each year with its Top 30 awards program. Nominees are judged on efforts to improve education with digital tools, the impact of those efforts on student achievement and the institution, creativity and initiative to make change and the display of leadership qualities.

The Center for Digital Education lauded Gomez for “leveraging technology to bring top-tier training and clinical field experiences to students across the nation” and for boasting a retention rate of 80 percent in 2016.
“For Gomez, an effective online program in her field connects students to faculty, staff and their peers so they can encourage each other to engage,” the CDE wrote in its Top 30 profile. “Since social work is intrinsically linked to interpersonal skills, the program leverages key technology, like videos and VoiceThread, an app that allows students to role-play client assessments and receive direct feedback.”

Gomez said she was grateful and humbled by the award.

“I am honored to continue the mission of our founders, the Congregation of Divine Providence, in promoting innovative and bold ways to provide opportunity to students who would otherwise not have access to education,” Gomez said. “OLLU is an amazing institution that supports a powerful combination of heart, mission, and innovation. As a university body we have the privilege of shepherding cutting edge programs that change students and communities across the globe.”