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November 16-18, 2016 | Orlando, Florida | Walt Disney World Swan/Dolphin Resort

OLC Innovate 2016 - Innovations in Blended and Online Learning
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From Kicking and Screaming to Cheerleading: Getting Traditional Faculty to Embrace Blended Classes

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Presenter(s)
Amy Moore (Florida State College at Jacksonville, USA)
Sheri Litt (Florida State College at Jacksonville, USA)
Session Information
July 8, 2014 - 10:30am
Track: 
Blended Models and Course Design
Areas of Special Interest: 
Institutional Initiatives
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Best Practices
Institutional Level: 
Multiple Levels
Audience Level: 
Expert
Session Type: 
Interactive Workshop
Location: 
Governor's Square 12
Session Duration: 
90 Minutes
Session: 
Workshop Session 2
Abstract

Generating faculty buy-in for blended teaching using creative training solutions, maximizing human resources, and recognizing instructor strengths.

Extended Abstract

As a once purely virtual campus - focused exclusively on managing distance learning - Florida State College's Open Campus was recently presented with some great opportunities and challenges when tasked with taking over a physical campus and its face-to-face offerings. At the same time, given its expertise in online learning, Open Campus was asked to increase the number of blended offerings at its new campus. What quickly came to light was that while campus-based faculty and adjuncts were experts in the traditional classroom, not all were comfortable enough with technology to develop and teach blended courses. How, then, to increase blended offerings without forcing those classes on instructors who were not yet comfortable in a world of technology? Building on many of the teaching and learning resources it had always provided to fully online instructors, Open Campus quickly set about creating a series of workshops designed to teach, support, and respond to common questions. What we discovered was a great deal of enthusiasm, some fear and suspicion, and a few interesting facts about our campus-based instructors, which - once identified - helped us improve resources for instructors and better determine our best candidates for teaching these courses.

This presentation will share best practices for mentoring instructors new to teaching blended classes, supporting instructors who are "digital immigrants," monitoring successes and challenges, and strategically planning course offerings in each modality in order to capitalize on faculty strengths and provide the best experiences for students. Join Dr. Sheri Litt and Ms. Amy Moore for an interactive session designed to share best practices and to generate creative solutions to common barriers to offering the best in blended learning. Participants will join in an exercise designed to emulate the feeling many instructors have when asked to begin teaching blended classes for the first time, and will then work together to come up with ways to ease this fear at their own institutions.

Lead Presenter
Amy Moore

Amy Moore (Florida State College at Jacksonville, USA)

Amy Moore has more than 5 years of experience in higher education, and more than 8 years of experience working in the field of digital media where she held writing, editing, and video production positions. She received her B.A. in English from the University of North Florida and went on to earn her M.A. in English with an Emphasis on Digital Media from the University of North Florida. Prior to coming to work for Florida State College at Jacksonville’s Open Campus / Deerwood Center, Amy ran the Communications Lab at the College’s South Campus and taught developmental English at the North Campus. She continues to teach online as an adjunct professor of English Composition and Literature. Amy currently serves as Instructional Program Manager for the Open Campus / Deerwood Center, overseeing the Campus Resource Center and Faculty Resource Center, as well as managing communications and training for online and on-land adjunct instructors.

   
Sheri Litt

Sheri Litt (Florida State College at Jacksonville, USA)

Dr. Sheri Litt has more than 25 years of teaching and management experience in business, non-profit, and higher education. In addition to her administrative duties as Dean of Arts and Sciences for Florida State College at Jacksonville’s Open Campus / Deerwood Center, she also teaches a variety of courses in face-to-face, hybrid, and online formats. Her teaching style emphasizes a student-centered approach, building upon students’ interests and strengths while meeting the learning outcomes of the course. Dr. Litt earned a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Florida, a Master of Social Work from Florida State University, a Bachelors of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute, and has also done postgraduate work in business.