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Creating a Scalable Innovation Process At an Online University

Cristi Ford (UMUC, USA)
Karen Vignare (UMUC, USA)
Session Information
October 15, 2015 - 10:15am
Institutional Strategies & Innovations
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Practical Application
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Theory/Conceptual Framework
Institutional Level: 
Multiple Levels
Audience Level: 
Session Type: 
Information Session
Asia 4
Session Duration: 
45 Minutes
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Learn key strategies and a rapid prototype model for increasing high quality scalable innovations based on experiences at the University of Maryland University College.

Extended Abstract

Background. Innovation in higher education has become the cornerstone for success and transformation in the learning environment. The ability to not only successfully implement, but also measure innovation is an essential improvement tactic in education. Having an understanding of the amount of change happening in the learning environment as faculty and higher education institutions develop new pedagogical resources as well as the extent to which those changes can be linked to improvement are key components to the knowledge base of higher education trends today. With the advancement of a learning model to include more dynamic opportunities for student learning and engagement, the presenters will explore a method of creating a scalable, innovative process that offers the opportunity for multiple initiatives to co-exist in higher education.

Purpose and Goals. This presentation aims at highlighting and comparing the mutli-layer approach of incorporating new innovative strategies at the University of Maryland University College. The goal is to provide participants with a practical look at a selection of strategies used to develop a robust, scalable process to evaluate and executive new innovative practices within various institutions. In addition, this session will offer participants insight into the process of adopting new pilot models from conception, evaluation methods to implementation in areas such as adaptive learning or open education initiatives. Several on-going initiatives will be highlighted, including various rapid prototyping initiatives that affect academic area as well as retention and student success.

Dimensions. For the purpose of this workshop, the presenters will share insights about innovative efforts along the following dimensions: (a) Developing a process for creating new scalable innovation practices (b) assessment and evaluation - such as how to create a comprehensive evaluation plan on the onset of identifying any new learning innovation initiative (c) use of theory to inform practice-how to allow the research to help guide your strategy, and (d)motivation and incentives - including building internal capacity and determining tangible incentives for faculty and departments.
Session Format. In the first part of the session, the presenters will each introduce one case by describing it along the above mentioned dimensions. Afterward, the presenters will share a systematic comparison of three cases, discussing their relative advantages and challenges as well as summarizing strategies and approaches. During the last part of the session, there will be an opportunity for participants to ask questions and share their own experiences and ideas.