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Mix It Up! A Blended Approach for Faculty PD

Susie Bussmann (New Mexico State University, USA)
Sandra R Johnson (New Mexico State University, USA)
Session Information
July 8, 2014 - 5:30pm
Faculty Development & Student Support
Areas of Special Interest: 
Institutional Initiatives
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Innovation and Experimentation
Institutional Level: 
Universities and Four Year Institutions
Audience Level: 
Session Type: 
Electronic Poster
Plaza Foyer
Session Duration: 
60 Minutes
Electronic Poster Session

Explore how one professional development program blends technologies and strategies to support higher education faculty teaching blended & online courses.

Extended Abstract

Mix It Up! A Blended Approach for Faculty PD poster session will share how the Online Course Improvement Program (OCIP) at New Mexico State University combines different technologies and research-based approaches to support higher education faculty teaching blended and online courses. The blending of technologies and strategies will be contextualized within the program's goals and framework. Take aways include resources and models such as the OCIP Resources wiki, digital collections (Pinterest, etc.), quality checklists, and archived webinars.

OCIP's blending of technologies and strategies allows it to provide services to NMSU faculty on five campuses and beyond. The 24/7 nature of many emerging technologies, and their synchronous and asynchronous aspects are leveraged to foster learning community to meet OCIP's primary goal of supporting faculty in quality teaching and learning in multiple delivery formats. The Quality Matters Rubric serves as the framework for the program and organizing mechanism for the PD (MarylandOnline Inc., 2011). Ongoing faculty engagement is fostered by topical monthly PD learning cycles of blended webinars, discussion, open labs, a resource wiki, and online curation spaces.
OCIP includes in-depth professional development via the One Year Plus Fellowship (1Y+) and the New 2 Online (N2O) programs. With small faculty cohorts, OCIP can more readily foster online learning community (OLC). As first-time online learners and members of an OLC, many faculty participants have reported what studies clearly show that presence, connection and engagement among online learners positively contributes to their satisfaction and increases successful achievement of learning outcomes (Palloff & Pratt, 2005; Ebersole, 2012).

In order to provide PD, OCIP combines emerging technologies such as Adobe Connect, Skype, PBworks, the program website, a learning management system, and digital curation spaces (Pinterest, Learni.st, etc.). Combining technologies and delivery strategies supports access in blended, online, asynchronous and synchronous formats. Blended formats, as in, there are face-to-face attendees and online attendees participating in the same real-time event. The OCIP Resource Center wiki (http://bit.ly/pQM0ZO) is readily available to anyone with Internet connectivity. It houses the archived blended webinars and links to additional resources. To the maximum extent possible all program services such as course reviews, Let's Talk Online Teaching (LTOT) sessions, open labs and workshops, are provided using Connect, Skype, and Google Drive.
Five years of OCIP data show the program has made progress in meeting its goals. Faculty value the peer-to-peer interactions, have experienced ah-ha's and some report transformative experiences. Student feedback on course evaluations indicate redesigned blended and online courses have had a positive impact on their engagement and learning. Additionally, in developing, implementing, improving, and evaluating the program, the OCIP team has learned some valuable lessons worth sharing.
Although OCIP serves higher education faculty, this poster session will be useful to people starting or already providing a professional development program for K-20+ faculty teaching blended and online courses.

Ebersole, S. (Dec., 2012). Online learning communities: Connecting with success. The Journal of Education, Community, And Values, 12 (12). Retrieved from http://bcis.pacificu.edu/journal/article.php?id=382

MarylandOnline, Inc., (2011). Quality Matters Rubric Standards 2011-2013 edition. Retrieved from http://www.qmprogram.org/rubric

Palloff, R. & Pratt, K. (2005). Collaborating online: Learning together in community. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Lead Presenter

Susie Susie Bussmann, Ph.D. works in the College of Extended Learning (CEL) at New Mexico State University directing several different programs for educational technology, online teaching and learning, support for faculty teaching online, and distance education. With 25+ years as a professional educator her background spans the K-20+ spectrum with 12 years in the classroom, 14 years in professional development, and 4 years teaching online. Since 2002, Ms. Bussmann has been involved in providing professional development for blended and online learning and online course development. She also teaches for CEL's Online Teaching and Learning Graduate Certificate Program.