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Get Hands-On with Finding, Using, Remixing, and Contributing OER for Faculty Development

Kelvin Thompson (University of Central Florida, USA)
Linda S. Futch (University of Central Florida, USA)
Rohan Jowallah (University of Central Florida, USA)
Sue Bauer (University of Central Florida, USA)
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October 14, 2015 - 8:30am
Faculty and Professional Development & Support
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Practical Application
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Multiple Levels
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Pre-Conference Workshop
Oceanic 4
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3 Hours
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This workshop will focus on finding, using, remixing, and contributing OER for professional development of faculty preparing to teach new or revised online/blended courses.

Extended Abstract

The 2014 Babson survey ("Grade Level: Tracking Online Education in the US") noted that higher education administrators are more aware of open educational resources (OER) than faculty, and there is a divide between the "critical" strategic value chief academic officers see in online education relative to the lower number of teaching faculty who accept the "value and legitimacy" of online education. To address these needs, this workshop will focus on finding, using, remixing, and contributing open educational resources for the professional development of faculty preparing to teach new or revised online and blended courses. Participants will have hands-on opportunities to practice each phase associated with faculty development OER. Examples will be drawn from such open resources as the BlendKit Course materials, the Teaching Online Pedagogical Repository (TOPR), UCF's Faculty Seminars in Online Teaching, and more. Each participant will be encouraged to develop a prioritized tactical plan for implementation at her/his institution.

Lead Presenter
Kelvin ThompsonDr. Kelvin Thompson serves as an associate director for UCF's Center for Distributed Learning (http://cdl.ucf.edu) and a graduate faculty scholar within UCF's College of Education, and he has collaborated in the design of hundreds of online and blended courses over the past seventeen years. Kelvin developed the BlendKit Course open courseware (http://bit.ly/blendkit) as part of UCF's Blended Learning Toolkit. His personal research interests center around how interaction affects learner engagement, and information on his Online Course Criticism qualitative evaluation model for facilitating the scholarship of teaching and learning in online and blended environments is available online (http://onlinecoursecriticism.com). Kelvin holds an EdD in curriculum and instruction and an MA in instructional systems technology from UCF and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from The Florida State University.
Linda Futch

Dr. Linda S. Futch is an Associate Department Head, Instructional Design, at the University of Central Florida. Her duties cover instructional design, support for online courses and the course management system. Linda has been instrumental in guiding faculty development for online courses and developing systems to support faculty and students. She has developed curriculum and delivered instruction in business, high school, community college, and higher education. For her doctoral dissertation, Linda studied blended learning at a metropolitan university.


Dr. Rohan Jowallah has worked in education for over twenty years and has international experience, having taught in the Caribbean, England and USA. His teaching experience includes teaching online, face-to-face and blended modes of course delivery. He has taught at various levels: elementary school; middle school; high school and university.

Rohan Jowallah holds an Ed.D. in Language and Literacy in Education from the University of Sheffield in England; ME.d. in Special Needs and Inclusion Studies from The Open University in England; BSc in Psychology from The Open University in England; Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education from the University of Wolverhamptom in England and ASc in Secondary Education from Bethlehem Moravian College in Jamaica and a certificate in Social Work from The University of the West Indies School of Continuing Studies.

Rohan has presented at several international conferences and has had several peer reviewed publications. He also has a published book chapter and continues to develop work for publication. He has also been a reviewer of several international journals.

Rohan's roles at UCF as an instructional designer includes assisting faculty as they transition into online teaching and learning. In addition, he has an active research agenda which focuses on online learning pedagogies, literacy and inclusion. He also works part-time as an adjunct for the University of Central Florida and The University of the West Indies Open Campus.

Sue Bauer

Sue Bauer is an Instructional Specialist with the Center for Distributed Learning at the University of Central Florida. Sue collaborates with faculty to deliver semester-long professional development opportunities, apply best practices when structuring online course design, and offers consultation and instructional design guidance. She also project manages graphics, media development, and emerging technology implementation as well as assessment and research considerations for fully online and blended courses.