Datta Khalsa

Office: 140 Vocational Rehabilitation

Office:  240-684-2492
Cell:  315-751-0185

Datta Kaur Khalsa, Ph.D. teaches Assessment and Evaluation in the Online Classroom and has over thirty years experience in education.  She has been involved with administration, program development and teacher training in a number of university and K-12 settings.  Since 2000 she has taught and designed online graduate courses and programs with a focus on training for Online Instruction, Instructional Technology and integration of technology in the K-12 classroom. Presently she is Director of Assessment for the Graduate School Department of Education at University of Maryland, University College.

Dr. Khalsa earned her Ph.D. with the University of Maryland, completing a dissertation that helped increase understanding related to implementation and training for global project-based learning in the U.S. K-12 classrooms. She received her Masters of Education Degree in Online Teaching and Learning from California State University, East Bay.

Dr. Khalsa’s current research interests include online teaching and learning assessment and virtual teamwork, social computing, online communities, as well as the policy, training and organizational structure related to application of cross-cultural communication in multidisciplinary K-12 curriculum.

Her publications include:

Khan, R, Khalsa, D.K., Klose, K., Zhang-Cooksey, Y. (2012).  Assessing Graduate Student Learning in Four Competencies:  Use of a Common Assignment and a Combine Rubric.  Research and Practice in Assessment. Winter 2012. Pp. 29-38.

Khalsa, D.K. (2012). Communities of Practice: Active collaboration between students. As found in England, E. (Ed). Teaching in Online Distance TESOL. New York, NY: Rutledge Inc.

Khalsa, D.K. , Zhang, Y. (2013). Engage Faculty in Outcomes Assessment to Improve Student Learning. US-China Educational Review.  (To be published 2013).

Khalsa, D.K., Sponder, B. (2013). Teaching with Educational Technology: A Case Study Approach. MD: UMUC Teacher’s Press. (To be published 2013).

Khalsa, D.K. (2011). Virtual teamwork in the online classroom: Guidelines for the Instructor and student success. DE Oracle. April 2011.

Khalsa, D.K. (2010). Virtual Teamwork in the Online Classroom: Social and Cultural Characteristics and Influences. DE Oracle. August 2010.

Khalsa, D.K. (2010). Multicultural e-Learning Teamwork: Social and cultural characteristics and influences. As found in Pullen, D. & Cole, D. (Eds). Multiliteracies and technology enhanced education: Social practice and the global classroom. Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference.

Khalsa, D.K. (2007). Multicultural dimensions in e-learning teamwork. As found in Edmundson, A. (Ed.),  Globalized e-Learning Cultural Challenges.  NY: Idea Publishing.

Khalsa, D.K, Maloney-Krichmar, D., Peyton, J. (2006). Theory and research: Interaction via computers. As found in Egbert, J & Hanson-Smith, E. (Eds.) CALL environments: Research, practice and critical issues. Alexandria, VA: Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Langauges. (2nd edition). (In press).

Khalsa, D.K. (2005). Support for global project-based learning: U.S. teacher motivation, online training, virtual teamwork, trust and identity. Doctoral dissertation, University of Maryland.

Khalsa, D.K. (2005). Breathing heritage and equality into the curriculum. Language, Literacy and Culture Review, 5, (1).

Khalsa, D.K. (2005). Online learning teams: Impact of socio-cultural dimensions. Human Computer Interaction International 2005 conference proceedings.  NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.

Khalsa, D.K. (2002).  Building community in e-learning.  Proceedings of the California Virtual Campus Conference.  San Diego, CA, October, 2002.

Conference presentations:

Conference on Distance Teaching and Learning. The Role of Social Media in the Classroom. Madison, WI. August 2013

Hawaii International Conference on Social Sciences (HICSS). The Role of Social Media in the Classroom. Waikiki Beach, HI. May 2013

Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages International Conference (TESOL). Bridging Technique and Technology in TESOL Teacher Training. Dallas, TX. March 2013

Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education Conference (SITE).  Case Studies:  Simple and powerful creative tools for online learning. New Orleans, LA. March 2013

Assessment Institute in Indianapolis (IUPUI Conference). Assessing Student Learning at the Graduate Level: Four Core Areas through a Common Activity – a Pilot Study.  Indianapolis, IN. October 2012.

Association for Assessment of Learning in Higher Education (AALHE) Conference.  Engage Faculty in Outcomes Assessment to Improve Student Learning. Albuquerque, NM. June, 2012.

Maryland Distance Learning Association Conference. Prepare your online classroom and students for collaboration and teamwork. Towson, MD. March 2011.

Asia Society Partnership for Global Learning Conference. Preparing teachers for the global age: Teaching without borders. Washington, D.C. July, 2010.

Khalsa, D.K. (2010). Challenge of Preparing Globally-Skilled Teachers: A Technology-based Teacher Education Model. Presentation at Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education Conference, San Diego,CA. March 2010.

Khalsa, D.K. (2010). Building an online teaching and learning community: Matching free technology to the objectives and techniques. Maryland Distance Learning Association Conference, Baltimore, MD. March 2010.

Presenter, American Montessori Society 2009 Fall Conference. Garden Grove, CA. Montessori Cooperative Community: Peace education for grown ups.  October 17, 2009.

Presenter, TESOL International Conference 2008. New York City, NY. Online TESOL Education: Creative Communities of Practice. April, 2008.

Presenter, International Association for Science, Technology and Society.  “Social computing: What does this mean for Technology, Education and Society?” February 2006.

Presenter, Annual Ethnography in Education Research Forum. Philadelphia, PA. “Global interaction and education through project-based learning: What teachers need and what administration can offer.” February 2006.

Presenter, Human-Computer Interaction International Conference, 2005.  Las Vegas, NV. “Online learning teams: Impact of socio-cultural dimensions.” July 2005.

Presenter, National Educational Computing Conference. Philadelphia, PA. “Forming international communities for teaching and learning.” June 2005.

Presenter, Nebraska Educational Technology Assoc. Conference. “Passport for global learning.”  May 2005.

Presenter, University System of Maryland Diversity Conference: Teaching Diversity/Thinking Diversity.  Breathing heritage and equality into the curriculum.  November 2004

Presenter, California Virtual Campus' Online Learning and Higher Education Conference, CA, “Creating Virtual Community.” 2002

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