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Got OIQ? Partner with the OLC to Develop Your Online Intelligence

Jennifer Rafferty (Online Learning Consortium, USA)
Angela M. Gibson (American Public University System, USA)
Linda Algozzini (American Public University System & OLC Facilitator, USA)
Session Information
October 14, 2015 - 11:45am
Faculty and Professional Development & Support
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Practical Application
Institutional Level: 
Multiple Levels
Audience Level: 
Session Type: 
Information Session
Northern Hemisphere A4
Session Duration: 
45 Minutes
Concurrent Session 1

Got OIQ? Develop your online intelligence and discover how OLC workshops increase your educational efficacy through knowledge building and application of effective practices.

Extended Abstract

Got OIQ? Effective professional development starts with bridging a partnership with the OLC. Opportunities exist for colleagues worldwide to join in and collaborate with peers and subject matter experts in a variety of interesting workshops providing in-depth exploration into effective online practices. Designed with the professional in mind, OLC workshops are offered in 4 hours, 3 day, and 7 day formats. Research based investigations of effective online teaching, course design, instructional methodologies, and digital tools are presented through integrated learning to inform staff and faculty on engagement and effective learning applications. Each workshop showcases content and instruction aligned to effective tools and practices in education, online learning, and industry. In addition, participants engage in reciprocal dialogue cross-disciplinary, cross-intuitional, and cross the globe discussing current practices as well as emerging technologies and cutting edge research. Attendees of the presentation will be presented with highlights from the OLC workshops and applications for faculty, staff, student learning, and organizational adaptations.

Lead Presenter
Jennifer Rafferty

Jennifer Rafferty, MA, MEd provides leadership in researching, scoping, managing, and evaluating a full range of professional development solutions for multiple audiences within the OLC Institute. She has worked for over 15 years supporting online learning initiatives in higher education and in the adult basic education system. Jennifer assumed this role at OLC after working for over seven years as an instructional designer at Quinnipiac University Online in Hamden, Connecticut. During her time at Quinnipiac University, Jennifer was also responsible for spearheading the development of the first online Spanish course at the University. She continues to teach this specialized curriculum for the School of Nursing and presents both nationally and internationally on the topic of online foreign language instruction. Prior to working in higher education, Jennifer was the project manager for the Massachusetts Adult Basic Education Distance Learning Project. In this role, she collaborated with the Massachusetts Department of Education and Project IDEAL to research and identify best practices for distance learning programs serving adult GED and ESL students. Jennifer holds a Masters of Education in Instructional Design from UMASS Boston, a Masters of Arts in Spanish from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and an undergraduate degree in Romance Languages from Mount Holyoke College.

Angela Gibson

Dr. Angela M. Gibson has served in higher education as faculty and staff in academics and student affairs. She has taught face to face, blended, and fully online at various institutions including community colleges, Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs), state universities, and for-profit institutions teaching undergraduate and graduate courses. She has been published in various peer reviewed journals such as the Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks, Community College of Research and Practice, and Issues in Educational Research. She is active in national education associations performing in roles as reviewer, chair, discussant, and mentor. Additionally, she serves as a reviewer for education journals. Dr. Gibson serves with the rank of Professor for the School of Arts and Humanities at American Public University System. Additionally, she serves as a facilitator for the Online Learning Consortium workshops and as a facilitator and a mentor for the OLC Online Teaching Certificate Program. Dr. Gibson received a Masters of Arts in Human Performance Systems, with a Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design, from Marymount University and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership, with concentrations in Adult Education and Community College Education, from Texas A & M University – Kingsville. Additionally, Dr. Gibson volunteers as an informal STEM educator creating learning opportunities at schools and with community organizations as well as providing social media outreach for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). She is a recipient of the Online Learning Consortium (formerly Sloan Consortium) 2014 Effective Practice Award.

Linda Algozzini

Linda Algozzini , American Public University System

University Faculty Director and Instructor. Thirty three years as an educator with a strong curriculum, instruction, program design, school reform and management background. I have worked in six districts across five states and been enmeshed in special education law since Public Law 94-142's inception.
-Teacher Leader and Trainer
-Trained principals and administrative leaders
-Coordinator of Secondary Services for Secondary Teachers Students with Disabilities
-School Design and Implementation
-Higher Education
-Continue COI (Community of Inquiry) professional development

Specialties: Higher Education, Instruction, Professional Development for Teachers and Administrators, Special Education evaluations, programming, and School Design for implementation of Special Education Services

November, 2013 Completed the Sloan C Teaching Certificate (Course Design and Instructional Delivery) with a Specialization in Online Tools