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"What's That Coming Over the Hill? Digital Futures, Emerging Cultures, New Learning"
Steve Wheeler (Plymouth University, UK)

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22st Annual OLC International Conference
November 16-18, 2016 | Orlando, Florida | Walt Disney World Swan/Dolphin Resort

OLC Innovate 2016 - Innovations in Blended and Online Learning
April 20-22, 2016 | New Orleans, LA | Sheraton New Orleans Hotel

A Social Learning Ecosystem for Faculty Professional Development and Community Building

Robin Bartoletti (Texas Woman's University, USA)
Whitney Kilgore (University of North Texas, USA)
George Joeckel, III (Utah State University, USA)
Melissa Kaulbach (Sarasota University, USA)
Session Information
April 9, 2013 - 8:30am
Learning Spaces and Communities
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Applied Use (technology or pedagogy)
Institutional Level: 
Community Colleges
Audience Level: 
Session Type: 
Interactive Workshop
Melrose 4
Session Duration: 
90 Minutes
Workshop Session 1

Free resources, faculty professional deveopment strategies and a unique online course planning tool will all be showcased during this interactive workshop.

Extended Abstract

Free resources, cutting-edge learning strategies and a unique online course planning tool will all be showcased during this interactive workshop. Attendees will first explore the Faculty eCommons, a social learning "ecosystem" available to faculty around the internationally. It was created so faculty have the opportunity to learn, collaborate and share research about effective online research, teaching and learning. The Commons also offers professional development, reviews of national quality standards to assist faculty in preparation and evaluation of their online courses and programs. The concept and offering of "Micro-MOOCs" will also be introduced. "Micro-MOOCs" are mini versions of a massive open online course (MOOC) that brings new ideas and educational concepts to learners across the globe. Finally, a unique, interactive, easy to use, online application will be unveiled. The "Blueprint Builder" is a brand new, customizable, interactive tool that will be demonstrated and offered as a take away to all attendees. Blueprint Builder allows the user to build the content and structure of an online course while visually aligning the course objectives with the activities and assessments. Then, with the click of a button, the application generates a PDF document that makes it simple to copy and paste those items into a course management system, saving time and resources.
Learning Objectives
Access and explore the FeC content and structure
Experience the process of creating or contributing to the FeC.
Contribute to the definition and description of Micro-MOOCs as a method for faculty professional development.
Participate in a rapid prototyping session of a Micro-MOOC.
Explore and use the Blueprint Builder

Lead Presenter
Robin Bartoletti

Robin Bartoletti is the Director of Online Quality and Community at Academic Partnerships. Ms. Bartoletti manages and administers the Faculty Commons and other related projects. She is a member of TxDLA, Sloan Consortium, EDUCAUSE, and is a Quality Matters certified Master Reviewer and Facilitator.  Robin is an instructional designer and technologist experienced in K-12 and university-level distance education. Prior to working as an instructional designer, Ms. Bartoletti was a faculty member teaching Master's Level educational technology and information science at Northeastern State University and the University of North Texas. She was recently selected as a research fellow at The Texas Social Media Research Institute (TSMRI). Ms. Bartoletti has a master’s Degree in Information Science from the University of North Texas, Post Masters Certification in Digital Content Management and is a PhD candidate at Texas Woman’s University.


whitneykilgoreWhitney Kilgore is the Vice President of Academic Services at Academic Partnerships. Ms. Kilgore provides expertise in learning management systems and other academic technologies to our partner institutions and leads the team that supports faculty at our partner institutions in the development of their online programs.
Prior to joining Academic Partnerships, Whitney worked as the Director of Academic Technology at the College of Southern Nevada. In this role, she was responsible for the online learning management systems including the student and faculty support of online learning. Under her direction, the online campus grew to be the largest of four campuses in the Las Vegas valley. She was also a consultant for SunGard Higher Education in Academic Services where she led online program development, course migration efforts, faculty training, and provided strategic consulting to client institutions.
Ms. Kilgore has more than 10 years of experience in educational technology leadership, has been an adjunct faculty member, and has made numerous presentations around the country on topics such as: Building Retention into Online Programs, Transition to Hybrid/Online Learning, 7 Things You Should Know About Web 2.0 Tools, and Engaging Millennials with Mobile Technology. She is a member of the Sloan Consortium, Educause, and is a Quality Matters certified peer reviewer.
She received a post-graduate certificate in Educational Technology Leadership from George Washington University, and holds a M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction from Texas A & M Corpus Christi. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Educational Computing at the University of North Texas.
George JoeckelGeorge Joeckel, III is an Instructional Designer at the Center for Innovative Design and Instruction (CIDI) at Utah State University. He specializes in the design and development of fully-online courses in the Canvas Learning Management System. He is a co-developer of the Objectives-Resources-Activities (OAR) model. George has developed a series of open-source, PDF-based software tools. One of these tools--the PDF Syllabus Builder--was published as a Sloan-C Effective Practice in 2012.
Melissa Kaulbach

Dr. Melissa Kaulbach has been in the education industry for twenty three years. Experiences in education include teaching elementary through higher education levels, Assistant Principal, Principal, Curriculum Director, Educational Consultant, University Director of Internships, University Instructional Specialist, University Director of Faculty Training, University Instructional Associate, and University Adjunct Professor. She has presented at numerous conferences and has served on university-wide committees including: University Accreditation Committee, University Curriculum Redesign Committee, University Rubric Development Committee, Representative for a university at the Ohio Board of Regents (OBR), and a Representative for a university at the Illinois State Teacher Certification Board (STCB). Dr, Kaulbach also served as the Chair for the 2012 Academic Partnerships Online Research Grant program.

Dr. Kaulbach is currently the Director of Academic Services for Academic Partnerships. She conducts course blueprinting sessions and teaching online with technology workshops with university faculty members and helps transition their traditional courses to engaging online platforms. Dr. Kaulbach also teaches education courses online to graduate students at the University of Texas at Arlington and at Sarasota University.

Dr. Kaulbach is interested in research that focusses on improving the student experience in adult learning environments. She is specifically interested in strength-based education that allows students opportunities to learn in their desired mode of instruction with an emphasis on their preferred learning style, while infusing technology into the online curriculum.