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

Piloting Blended Learning for Workforce Training

Judith Bayliss (Defense Acquisition University, USA)
Jerome Collins (Defense Acquisition University, USA)
Session Information
July 8, 2014 - 3:30pm
Blended Models and Course Design
Areas of Special Interest: 
Institutional Initiatives
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Innovation and Experimentation
Institutional Level: 
Universities and Four Year Institutions
Audience Level: 
Session Type: 
Information Session
Governor's Square 12
Session Duration: 
50 Minutes
Information Session 2

By relying on innovation, available tools, and collaborative design, course teams responded to leadership direction to "go blended" to avoid cancelling classes over budget constraints.

Extended Abstract

In response to a reduced student travel budget at Defense Acquisition University (DAU), organizational leadership charged faculty, instructional designers, and support services to select and pilot alternative means to reach students. With top-down support in place, a cadre of skilled instructors ready to push beyond their comfort zones in training delivery and instructional designers ready with best practices, lessons learned, benchmarking data, and detailed knowledge of DAU's learning delivery business processes teamed up to respond. Their goal: demonstrate that competency-based workforce training necessary for on the job performance could successfully blend the virtual classroom, "flipped" approaches, and both synchronous and asynchronous experiences to reduce the time spent in a traditional classroom without sacrificing quality and learner attainment. By selecting tools already in use by DAU and DoD such as Blackboard and DCO Connect (Department of Defense implementation of Adobe Connect), the pilots expected to lower the risks associated with faculty and student technology readiness. However, neither group had yet to experience sustained, synchronous virtual classrooms with intensive teamwork and instructor facilitation; nor had DAU yet piloted video as a primary content format and the necessary media support infrastructure. This session will overview what happens when sequestration becomes the mother of invention - and creative, collaborate instructors and instructional designers jump on board. What are the responsive, sustainable, and effective practices that keep the mission going?

Lead Presenter

Dr. Judith Hall Bayliss serves as the Center Director of Curriculum and Faculty Services at Defense Acquisition University (DAU) leading curriculum development initiatives across the institution. She also serves as the Chief Education Advisor to DAU advocating for the student and instructor perspectives on DAU's policies and business planning and the strategic execution of the faculty training program. Previously, she was the Center Director of the Teaching and Learning Lab responsible for two learning management systems, research in improving learning outcomes, technology implementation, and delivery methods. Prior to DAU, she held instructional design, training management, and LMS management positions in both industry and the non-profit sector. She has a PhD in Instructional Technology from Virginia Tech.