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Dr. Darrylinn Todd Joins SNL Online as Senior Director

October 30, 2015

The School for New Learning is pleased to announce that Dr. Darrylinn Todd has taken the helm as the Senior Director of SNL Online.

Prior to joining DePaul, Dr. Todd was the Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs and Dean of the Center for Distance Learning at the City Colleges of Chicago. In her diverse experience, she counts positions with AT&T Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies, and Chicago Public Schools.

She holds a Master of Arts in Teaching from Oakland University as well as a Masters of Business Administration and Doctor of Education in Instructional Technology from Northern Illinois University. Additionally, she has taught as an adjunct professor at Chicago State University and North Park University, and is a member of the United States Distance Learning Association and the Association of Black Women in Higher Education.

Her research interests include issues and advances in higher education, training performance, instruction and assessment in online and hybrid learning environments.

Dr. Todd gave a brief interview to discuss her leadership style and her vision for SNL Online. When asked about her advice for online students, she said, “Being a successful student is an exercise in self-discipline. You have to be self-motivated to get the work done. I think that applies whether you’re an outstanding student or a student who’s struggling. You’ve got to have a plan, because you’re only as good as the plan you put up front.”

Drawn to DePaul

“One of the things I’ve always done in my career as an administrator was to encourage employees to determine where their skills were not being fully utilized and provide opportunities such as cross-training, internships, professional associations and acquiring university degrees to enhance their skills. When I was working at a major corporation in 2001, several ladies in my division decided to investigate how they could improve their skills by acquiring a bachelor’s degree. The first one to say, “I’m going to do this,” came to DePaul University. She brought the SNL program to me and I found though my research that DePaul was one of the first universities that really focused on adult and competency-based learning.

The School for New Learning had a degree that was geared toward working adults and had the flexibility in scheduling that was attractive to my employees (who in some cases were single parents). I thought, “Wow, perfect!” My employees could take courses that used a combination of transfer course work, online and on-ground courses and work/life experiences to help them complete their degrees.

As several employees progressed through SNL, I became sold on the program as well as the many student support services that DePaul University had to offer. The experience was a win-win for the employees and eventually enhanced their skills and ability to gain promotions within the company.”

On Growing up in a Military Family

“I think people would be surprised if they knew the number of elementary and high schools I went to in my lifetime. My Dad spent 30 years in the United States Air Force; every 18 to 24 months, we would be moved to another military location. Due to my father’s assignment as a statistician we were stationed and/or visited military bases throughout the U.S. as well as in international countries (e.g. Germany, Japan). My Dad was reassigned several times during my teen years and I actually went to four high schools before graduation.

I will always appreciate this great experience. Being introduced into new cultures and a different way of living was an amazing opportunity that not everyone is blessed with. Just being aware of someone else’s way of life can truly be an “eye opener.” I definitely learned patience and perseverance; many times there were language and culture barriers but at the end of the day this was an opportunity that helped me understand myself and learn how to adapt to life’s changes.” 

Leadership style

“What seems to lie at the heart of higher education leadership is that one must create an environment for academics and staff that allow them to fulfill their potential and interest in their work. Over the years I have found that a climate of mutual supportiveness and the maintenance of autonomy seem to be particularly desirable.

As a leader, I have been most effective when I have consulted my staff about important decisions and used democratic decision making and mutual cooperativeness to investigate viable solutions. As a leader you have to be able to guide and motivate.

When you are new to an organization, it is important to get an understanding of how things have operated in the past. If you want to be an effective, responsive and evolving in online learning, what is more valuable than knowing the baselines, the “what’s and whys” (your mission) and “where you want to go” (your vision)?”

A Vision for SNL Online

“I will need to establish and maintain the department vision/goals and provide the necessary support for the staff to attain them. SNL Online has a long history in online learning and has established a competency-based learning model for adult learners built on best practice principles. I will challenge the team to think critically about the way things are currently done and continuously look for ways to achieve excellence. It is my challenge to motivate my staff to achieve successes beyond their expectations.”


Registration is Open for Career Week 2015

February 2, 2015

Join DePaul’s annual Career Week February 8th through 14th in which a series of career-enhancing events such as networking events, webinars, virtual workshops for adult students like you.

Some events of interest include:

Monday February 9th: Virtual Workshop/Webinar “So You’re Interested in Management?” 5:00-6:00pm

Tuesday February 10th: Workshop, DePaul Club, Loop Campus “Career 180: 7 Steps to a Successful Career Change” 5:30-7:00pm

Wednesday February 11th: Teleconference/Virtual Workshop “Technology and Your Job Search” 1:15-2:15pm

Friday February 13th: Workshop: Job Searching at a Non Traditional Age (40+) DePaul Club, Loop Campus 10:00-11:00am

For a weekly schedule, more information and to register for events, please visit:

Save The Date For Career Week 2015

December 4, 2014

Join other adult students, graduate students, and alumni in February for networking events, webinars, workshops and more.
DePaul’s annual Career Week will run February 8-14, 2015 and will offer a series of career-enhancing events.

Topics covered include: Leveraging your strengths for advancement, changing your career, expanding your professional network, gaining leadership experience, refining resume and interview skills, effectively using social media in your job search, and much more!

The “advance look” at the calendar of event for DePaul’s annual Career Weeks will be posted this month at Registration opens in January 2015.

Events take place at the Loop and Lincoln Park campuses, as well as via webinar and teleconference. Business casual dress is encouraged.

If you have questions in the meantime, contact

Adult Student Week November 3rd-7th

October 31, 2014

Celebrate Adult Student week by attending one of the many events designed for you. There will be an open house kick off, job fair, career events, networking events, outings, and more.

Connect with a variety of on-campus, department and community resources. Special resources are available for veterans, students with children and adult graduate students.

Get more information by visiting the Adult, Veteran, and Commuter Student Affairs website at:

Sign up for events at:

Are You A Writer?

September 29, 2014

Join SNL’s Month of Writing Challenge!

The School for New Learning at DePaul University has designated October as our Month of Writing. The premiere event of the Month is the Challenge, an attempt to get as many of you as possible to share your words with us. This is SNL’s third year challenging folks to write their hearts out during the month of October. Together, we can meet our goal to write one million words! The challenge kicks off with the Craft of Composing panel on the evening of October 2nd. If you are local, you are invited to join us as four distinguished authors share their thoughts on the writing process. For more information, please visit

Join an Online Writing Group!

Online Writing Groups allow SNL writers from Chicago and beyond to come together in a virtual setting to collaborate on their projects with a Writing Center tutor and other students. Google Hangouts is utilized to create a virtual meeting room for the online writing group.

The SNL Online Writing Group started on Friday September 26th and meets on Fridays from 3:30 p.m – 5:00 p.m. CST For further information or to join the group, please contact the Writing Group facilitator, Edward Evans, at Make sure to provide him with your name and email address.

Meet SNL 2014 Graduate Jeffrey Mlyniec

July 18, 2014

Jeff received his Bachelor of Arts degree from SNL this past June. His focus area was in Managment of Information Technology.


Tell us about your SNL Online experience…what was your favorite SNL Online course?

My SNL experience was comforting. For an adult student, who really didn’t enjoy liberal arts and the classes taken at previous institutions, the education and classes I took at DePaul were engaging and invigorating. I really feared getting back into the classroom and taking online classes, the effort just didn’t sit well with me. However, once I completed my first SNL online course, I was off to races! The instructor was easy to communicate with, the students supportive, and the whole of the experience was fun and enjoyable.

My favorite SNL online class was Democracy in Everyday Life. This was the most fun of all the online classes and also the most engaging. The best characteristic of any online course is the interaction between students. Strongly worded and deeply passionate discussions driven by a person’s life experiences and their belief system. I found this class utterly fascinating as the students from various socio-economic backgrounds discussed, intensely at times, the assignments.

By far the best kind of online class engages the student and peaks their inquisitive nature, SNL online courses never failed in that effort.

Looking back as a student, is there anything you would have done differently?

Perhaps not take as much time off between classes. My personal and professional life had a profound impact on the length of time it took me to graduate. There was always something coming up in life. But this is also a strength of SNL, the ability for adult learners to have a regular life and balance it with an online class.

What advice to you have for current students taking online classes?

Don’t think because this is an online class that the workload will be smaller or easier! In order to be successful in online courses, a work ethic, self preparedness, and self discipline are key to complete the online class.

How has SNL prepared you for life after college?

I tend to be more contemplative now. My way of thinking has changed and I am definitely a better listener. This has benefited me at my job as well as my life.

Where do you see your life progressing to in the next five years?

I am thinking about pursuing my masters degree. From a professional perspective I would like to move up the ladder a bit more and become CIO of a mid-level company. My wife and I are approaching the time when we should consider the empty nest and where life will ultimately take us in retirement. Ultimately, I want to continue to be a life long learner!

Join us for a Webinar!

June 5, 2014

If you are a new student at the School for New Learning, or just looking to learn about the resources and services available to you at SNL and DePaul, we are offering a free webinar this coming Tuesday, June 10th at noon, Central Standard Time.

The webinar will provide information about navigating D2L and campus connect, as well as information about using the library, the career center, and the writing center.

If you are interested, please visit:  and fill out your first and last name and email address.  Instructions will be sent to you a day before the webinar. You can participate in the webinar on your computer or on a mobile device by using a headphone. We hope to see you virtually on June 10th.

If you have any questions about the webinar, you can email us at

Need Help With Your Writing?

May 13, 2014

There are services offered through DePaul’s University Center for Writing-based Learning (UCWbL) that may be of interest to you.

Online Writing Groups consist of writers like you from across the Chicago area and beyond to come together in a virtual setting to collaborate on their projects with a tutor and other students. Google Hangouts is utilized to create a virtual meeting room for writers and a tutor to communicate and exchange information. Whatever writing concerns writers bring, the group provides feedback, researches helpful resources, talks through possible approaches, and creates actionable steps for writing and revision. It’s a great place to get advice from peers and learn from others’ experiences in order to inform your own writing and learning processes at a distance with an easy to use format.

In addition to the Saturday Writing Group, the UCWbL also offers Online Writing Groups by Request. The UCWbL will provide a Tutor to meet with the group in a virtual meeting room and will help foster the discussion between writers, providing the same experience as the standing online writing group, but at a time convenient to the participants. Group members discuss their own writing and the work of others, honing critical reading, thinking, and analytical skills.

If you live in the Chicago area, there are also groups that meet at the Loop and suburban campuses.

The SNL Online Writing Group runs every Saturday during spring quarter from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM CST. If you are interested in joining, or would like more information, please contact Edward Evins at


Study Abroad for Online and Distance Students

April 23, 2014

Did you know that SNL Online and distance students can still apply to study abroad?

Flexible pre-departure class meetings and coursework allow online and distance students to complete up to four competencies in short-term (2 weeks or less) programs that run over winter or spring break. These programs are an excellent way for busy SNL students to experience the world’s diverse cultures, institutions, and peoples by visiting important cultural and historical locations.

The application deadline for our December 2014 programs—Ghana and Jamaica—is May 15. You can find detailed information and FAQs at SNL International and on Studio Abroad. You are also welcome to contact with any additional questions or to add your name to the mailing list to receive updates when we announce the 2015 programs.

A note for distance students: The Study Abroad office requires students to fly out of O’Hare as a group, but alternate return trips may be available in some circumstances, with any additional expense to be paid by the student.


Study Abroad Week April 14th-17th

March 13, 2014

Are you Interested in studying abroad?   If so, save the date for SNL International’s Study Abroad Week.

The School for New Learning has a 25-year history of providing study abroad opportunities that meet the unique needs of adult learners like yourself. Unlike traditional undergraduate study abroad programs, SNL Study Abroad programs are intensive, competence-focused, short-term (1-2.5 weeks) programs, making them ideal for you, as a student balancing academics, work, and family. On-campus students, distance students, and students from other DePaul colleges are all invited to apply, thus ensuring a diverse and dynamic travel group.

The events will take place April 14th -17th at the Loop Campus, please stop by to….

  • Talk to program directors and past travelers
  • Get details on December 2014 programs traveling to Jamaica and Ghana (Deadline May 15)
  • Learn about future programs such as South Africa, Kenya, and Tanzania
  • See photos, artifacts, and other media from past programs in London, Tanzania, Thailand, and others

Stay tuned to more details and visit for more information about studying abroad.

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