Lido 3104
Leslie Buckalew | Vice President Student Learning | Columbia College

This session will focus on helping educational administrators grow enrollments using Online Programs that improve student retention and timely degree completion.  Proven pedagogy that focuses on learner needs will be reviewed.  Use of the Blackboard Learn and Collaborate will be highlighted. Program evaluation will be discussed in the context of a larger campus strategic plan.

Online Education Initiative – Environment to get student in virtual courses in a seamless fashion.

*Students will be successful if faculty are supported.

Online Learner: Characteristics and Course Development with their needs in Mind:

Self-Directed: Metacognitively aware (know how to learn)

Value Collaboration technology/social learning

Need to be Connected

Part of a community of Practice

Title II Grant: Money to expand distance learning (2 million for 5 years) – equip faculty to teach online using cohort training (flexible, collaborative and accountable training program)  Online and face-to-face learning community setting.

  • Teaching and learning Communities
  • Blackboard 9.1 Training
  • Collaborative Development
  • Technology Training & workshops
  • Peer Mentors
  • Incentives and Software

Designed a three unit course called (Online Course Development as a supplement as grant has run out.  Also provided other instructional technology training (smaller groups – Variety is the spice of life).  Encouraged everyone of their faculty to use Blackboard as an enhancement in their class.

Best Practices (Principles of Good Practice)

  • Good practice encourages contact between students and faculty
  • Good practice develops reciprocity and cooperation among students
  • Good practice encourages active learning
  • Good practice gives prompt feedback
  • Good practice emphasizes time on task
  • Good practice communicates high expectations
  • Good practice respects diverse talents and ways of learning

Faculty Training Offers

  • Web Resources (JIT)
  • Peer Mentoring
  • Online Development Cohort & Classes
  • Ongoing Support
  • Pre & Post Surveys for Program Assessment
  • Instructional Technology Training – ties into having students feel supported as well.

Pre & Post Faculty Training Survey*

Equipping Faculty to Provide:

  • Start Here Modules (safety Net activities)
  • Safety Nets (Practice Assignments)
  • Universal Designed & Accessible Learning Materials and Modules
  • Need to Know student service information
  • Authentic Assessment
  • Embedded Instructional Video Clips – welcome video required
  • Asynchronous and Synchronous Communication Tools
  • Rubrics, Models & Guidelines
  • Community Building Activities

Training Topics & Activities

  • Create Accessible Syllabus and Materials
  • Develop Rubrics
  • Embed Instructional Videos
  • Set-Up Anti-plagiarism assignments (safe assign, turnitin)
  • Provide Different Learning Style Activities
  • Design learning modules
  • Participate in Communication Tools
  • Embed the Human Presence Aspect – sprinkles and icing

Need to Know video clips –

  • Where to find a tutor
  • Technical Support
  • etc..

Virtual Conferencing Tools for Office Hours, Lectures, Counseling, and Meetings (Bb Collaborate, Google Hangouts)

Student Success Factors Proven Effective

  • Blackboard Help Desk
  • Instructional Technology Center
  • F2f and Virtual Orientations
  • Video tours of Online Class
  • Embedded Instructional Videos
  • Online Student Resources
  • Blackboard Quick Guide
  • Email Blasts
  • Faculty Directory Page

Take Aways

  • Student Confidence is up
  • 21st Century Skills
  • Strong Online Community
  • Higher Retention Rates
  • Student Satisfaction
  • Educational Opportunities