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Certificates of Completion Awarded to 50 Learners

Jun 30, 2022

Those of you who have taken courses with the Wilmette Institute this year will have noticed that there are new developments and procedures with respect to how a learner earns a certificate of completion. As a result of this change, the old system we had set up to create and email Certificates to students became obsolete. Staff had begun to investigate a new system at the end of 2021, but due to staff turnover, and competing demands on human resources, a new (automated) system has not yet been realized.

So, as we begin the second half of 2022, the Registrar’s Office decided to manually create and deliver the certificates. Between June 28 and June 30, 50 certificates were emailed to learners from 15 extension courses. One individual received two certificates for two different courses.

The Institute is very proud of the achievements of all its learners, and of the faculty who worked hard to implement the new system. We recognize that many learners studied hard and reaped significant benefits from their courses, even if they did not obtain a certificate, and/or did not choose to take all the steps necessary to obtain one. We will of course be reviewing the system at the end of the year, and have already begun to improve on it based on what we learned in the first half of the year.

It would be helpful to have feedback on your experience with the new system for course completion. If you wish to send us your comments by email, please write to the Registrar: learn@wilmetteinstitute.org. If you would be interested in attending a focus group meeting to give feedback directly to the staff, please also let us know.

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Nicola Daniels, MSc

WI Registrar & Student Services Specialist

I was born in Kingston, Jamaica. My interest in music, theatre, and the literary arts led me to abandon my academic degrees and a career in the Forensic Sciences, to take up a position with the British Council Caribbean as Arts & Education Officer. I worked for several years as the British Council Manager in my homeland, performing at various times with the Jamaica Musical Theatre Company, the National Chorale, and the Carifolk Singers. A small book of my poetry—Weights and Measures—was published by the Calabash Foundation in 2005, and my poems have garnered awards and been honored by publication in several anthologies. I served (and learned) alongside Jamaica’s first national poet laureate, Professor Mervyn Morris, as a judge for the Cultural Development Commission’s annual poetry competition. In 2008 I migrated to the US to live with my husband, Julian, whom I met on Bahá’í pilgrimage in Israel. My first teaching experience was as a poetry tutor at the Phillip Sherlock Center for the Creative Arts. Later, I participated in one of the first Wilmette Institute Science & Religion courses, and have since served as faculty on that course, and several others. In March 2012, I gave a presentation on World Peace at a Peace Conference hosted by Lander University. This experience inspired me to create a board game called Heart to Heart, featuring short quotations on unifying spiritual themes from 10 of the world’s religions and cultures. The game led to a website, a video channel, firmer friendships, a lot of learning, and a good deal of fun! I have served as a member of the Wilmette Institute Board, and also worked part-time for the Institute as Marketing Coordinator and Course Creation Assistant. I get a thrill from using my creative and (mostly self-taught) computer skills to create instructional materials. In March (2019) I took up a position as the Institute’s first Registrar. I enjoy handbell ringing with the Emerald Bells (finally back together after Covid), and since 2021, making music in my home studio and blogging.See Faculty Bio

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