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OLC Scorecard-More Than the Sum of the Parts

Christine Kroll (University at Buffalo/SUNY, USA)
Jeremiah Grabowski (University at Buffalo, USA)
Anthony Guzman (University at Buffalo, USA)
Session Information
October 14, 2015 - 12:45pm
Institutional Strategies & Innovations
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Practical Application
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Theory/Conceptual Framework
Institutional Level: 
Multiple Levels
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Information Session
Oceanic 6
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45 Minutes
Concurrent Session 2

Some see the OLC scorecard simply as an assessment tool. Learn how one institution utilized it to grow a grassroots commitment to online education.

Extended Abstract

At the conclusion of the presentation the audience will:
*have access to a google template for immediately taking action locally
articulate the benefits of using the OLC scorecard for formal assessment and informal purposes
*articulate the benefits of seeking out and collaborating with peers on campus, begin to learn where to look for them
*articulate how the OLC scorecard can be modified to be used for strategic planning purposes

Are you at a campus without an institutional mission for Online Education? Are you apprehensive because you were recently tasked to launch a fully online program? Are you a seasoned professional looking for a new way to connect with campus leadership? Then this session is for you.

This collaborative session will provide you with best practices shared by a trio of online professionals whose fully online programs span a spectrum of experience levels (established, newly launched, and in-production). We will share numerous real-world examples along with templates which audience members can utilize immediately at their own institutions.

Our templates and tales will focus on our 3-year movement that began as a small grassroots effort to assess our institutional readiness via the OLC Scorecard that has turned into a collaborative inter-campus membership of professionals spanning academic and administrative units. Moving beyond simple networking we informally work together to create shared resources, communicate to administrative units and leadership, and cross-align our efforts through the core framework presented in the OLC Scorecard.

While the OLC Scorecard is universally recognized throughout our Online Education industry as the gold standard in institutional readiness assessment, we have found that the OLC Scorecard framework is more than the sum of it's parts. Together we will move beyond institutional readiness to learn how to use the OLC scorecard as your framework for:

Strategic Planning - Assessing your current efforts and resources; aligning your operation with other assessment tools such as the US News rankings, your accrediting body, your institutional or school/department based short or long-term plan

Project Management & Policy Making - Using a "missing points alert" system, create project plans or seek policy changes to future proof your initiatives

Networking - Use the scorecard as a comprehensive overview of the people you will need to ensure a successful online initiative.

Participants will be asked to share their own best practices in this area which we will capture and share post-conference.

Lead Presenter

Dr. Kroll currently serves as the Assistant Dean for Online Education at the University at Buffalo, Graduate School of Education. Christine is also an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Graduate School of Education teaching in the Advanced Graduate Certificate for Online Education which she developed as well as an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Communications, College of Arts & Sciences.

Kroll's research interests stem from the transformative role information communication technologies are having on the field of education, focused primarily on Online Education, Open Education, Massive Open Online Courses, Competency Based Education, and Disruptive Innovation. Kroll is currently serving as PI on the Open Door to Open SUNY innovative instruction technology grant (http://commons.suny.edu/iitg/). One of the key goals of the Open Door project is to establish a process for converting unmanageable data sets to useable learning analytics. Current data sets offer some insights for MOOC faculty but lack the ease with which many learning systems allow for usable data aggregation and analysis leading to an impact on practice (Straumsheim, 2014).

As the Assistant Dean for Online Education, Christine has led the school to a ranking of #23 in the US News & World Report rankings (http://www.usnews.com/education/online-education/education/rankings). The school now offers 17 fully online degrees/certificates (www.gse.buffalo.edu/online) with new degrees/certificates added continually.

Christine provides service to the UB community as the co-chair to UB's Online Learning Collaborative and to SUNY as an Open SUNY core Community of Practice team member and a trained Open SUNY Institutional Readiness assessor working throughout the state.

Find me on Linked In: www.linkedin.com/in/ubkroll

Jeremiah Grabowski, Online Programs Coordinator, School of Public Health and Health Professions, at UB. Jeremiah has over a decade’s worth of experience in instructional design and online learning. He has a background in instructional design, educational technology, and faculty development.
In addition to his duties at SPHHP, he is an Open SUNY Fellow Expert Instructional Designer, and serves as co-chair for the Online Learning Collaborative at the University at Buffalo (OLC). He is currently pursuing a PhD in Curriculum, Instruction, and the Science of Learning at the University at Buffalo. He also holds a M.Ed. from the University of Georgia in Instructional Design & Development.

Tony Guzman started his career in the technology arena having held various posts as help desk, network technician and administrator to eventually Manager of Information Systems and an Academic Network Manager before changing venues to higher education and starting a college teaching career. He has taught as a professor at undergraduate and graduate levels. He also held the post of Associate Dean of the College of Engineering and Information Sciences for DeVry University in the Central Florida Metro and as an Online Dean at Rasmussen College from the Orlando Metro office, which had him overseeing online full-time & adjunct faculty, as well as, faculty managers for the College. He currently serves as the Director of Online Programs within the School of Social Work at University at Buffalo (SUNY) and their podcast series leader. In addition, he holds a Visiting Professor for Keller Graduate School of Management for DeVry University.

You can find me on LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/tguzman/

Specialties: network design, network management, help desk, professor, high school teacher, administrator, academic dean, online dean, director, online modality, technology