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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

Creating A Blended Community: How aCommunity College and a University Changed Teacher Education

Renee Aitken (Northcentral University, USA)
Cindy Guillaume (Northcentral University, USA)
Session Information
July 8, 2014 - 5:30pm
Institutional Leadership and Strategy
Areas of Special Interest: 
Innovative Blends
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Innovation and Experimentation
Institutional Level: 
Multiple Levels
Audience Level: 
Session Type: 
Electronic Poster
Plaza Foyer
Session Duration: 
60 Minutes
Electronic Poster Session

Learn how Rio Salado College and Northcentral University collaborated together to build a teacher education program with online and face-to-face components.

Extended Abstract

In 2003, after the state of Arizona allowed community colleges to provide teacher education courses, Rio Salado College looked for an online partner to provide a blended BEd to their teacher candidates. Upon successful completion of all program requirements Northcentral University awards the degree. In 2004, RSC found Northcentral University and in 2012 the Arizona Board of Education approved this very unique teacher education program. Not only is there a blending across institutions, there is a blending of online components (course work) and face to face components (field experience) in three specializations: Elementary, Secondary and Special Education.

Students start at RSC where they take specialization specific courses
online and complete their field experience and student teaching through the
RSC. The RSC program provides 64 credits in a General Education Core -
Community College/Rio Salado Academic Foundation, and 24 additional credit
hours in content for their specialization with Level I Foundations, Level II
Methods and Level III student teaching. RSC has a field experience office to
facilitate student's field experience and student teaching.
After completion of the RSC program, the students are transferred to
Northcentral University. NCU provides ten online courses focusing on teacher
leadership skills. Two of the courses have Field Experience (Instructional
Paradigms and Technology and Assessment of Student Learning) and provide
hands-on experience.

RSC provides the field experience placement for NCU students using the database
established for their students before they transfer to NCU. This blended service
results in a quicker assignment of field experiences and allows both institutionsto collect reliable data across all field experiences in the program.

Since PK-12 teachers are required to have field experiences and student teaching
as part of their certification for the State of Arizona, this blending of face to face field experience and online courses provides an alternative for students who want to teach but cannot attend school fulltime. It also is a lower cost alternative since community college tuition is a lower cost.

This innovative blended environment has taken a great deal of cooperation,
collaboration, and communication to go from an idea to state approval. We would
like to share our success and provide other institutions with a virtual road map.

Lead Presenter

Dr. Aitken has extensive knowledge and experience in adult and higher education. She spent 24 years in technical training with AT&T/Lucent serving in a variety of functions including managing a global training initiative. Dr. Aitken has been an adjunct for 12 years both face to face and online with traditional and non-traditional students including teacher candidates and military personnel. She has served on both master's thesis and dissertation committees and has held fulltime university positions as an Assessment Coordinator, the Director of Instructional Technology and eLearning, a Distance Learning Coordinator, Instructional Design Faculty, and as an Instructional Design Project Manager. She has worked as an adjunct for 5 online universities including Franklin, Park, Walden, Colorado State University-Global, and Northcentral. She currently holds a fulltime position at Northcentral in the School of Education and continues to adjunct in communication at Park and CSU Global on the DSCC base, occasionally teaching online. Dr. Aitken has administrator experience with learning and assessment management systems including eCollege, Blackboard, WebCT, Desire2Learn, ANGEL, SAKAI, Moodle, TaskStream, TK20, and Folitek.
She earned a PhD in Education with an emphasis on adult and higher education from Capella University, a Master of Science in Telecommunications Management and Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder, a Master of Arts in Organizational Communication, and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, both from The Ohio State University.
Dr. Aitken is serving her second 5 year term on the editorial board for MERLOT and is a peer reviewer for JOLT, the Journal for Online Learning and Teaching. She served on both the Ohio Learning Network and e-Tech Ohio boards, for higher education online learning and K-12 online learning respectively and has been a consultant for teacher educators across Ohio. She lives in Columbus, Ohio, near her two grown daughters, and is a big Ohio State hockey fan.