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22st Annual OLC International Conference
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April 20-22, 2016 | New Orleans, LA | Sheraton New Orleans Hotel

Propagating Innovation in the Classroom Via Sponsorship of a Faculty Learning Community

Patricia Maxwell (The College at Brockport, State University of New York, USA)
Ann Giralico Pearlman (The College at Brockport, USA)
P. Gibson Ralph (The College at Brockport, State University of New York, USA)
Susan Stites-Doe (The College at Brockport, State University of New York, USA)
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Logan Rath (The College at Brockport. State University of New York, USA)
Patti Follansbee (The College at Brockport, State University of New York, USA)
Session Information
October 16, 2015 - 10:45am
Faculty and Professional Development & Support
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Practical Application
Institutional Level: 
Multiple Levels
Audience Level: 
Session Type: 
Information Session
Northern Hemisphere E3
Session Duration: 
45 Minutes
Concurrent Session 10

Discover how a Faculty Learning Community's year of learning, reflection, and mutual support accelerated professional development and inspired innovation in both online and F2F classrooms.

Extended Abstract

A Faculty Learning Community (FLC) is an active, collaborative program intended to enhance teaching and learning through frequent seminars and activities that provide learning, development, and scholarship opportunities related to teaching and learning. Beginning in 2008, The College at Brockport has sponsored faculty learning communities comprised of six to twelve faculty and professionals from various disciplines who meet over a defined period of time. The number of FLCs ranges from four to six per year, and their area of study can be cohort or topic-based depending upon what is proposed / selected by faculty and staff interested in participating.

The College is actively engaged in growing its online presence, and has seen tremendous successes in growing its online course offerings over the past five year period. The "Using Mobile Technologies for Student Learning and Engagement" FLC was established in Fall 2014 to investigate practical ways to increase student learning and engagement using mobile applications and personal mobile devices. Known by its hashtag #FLCmobile, this topic-based FLC collaborated to: (1) create mobile learning plans that effectively integrate mobile technology in the learning process; (2) share and adapt comprehensive, sustainable, and meaningful mobile learning pedagogy; (3) increase student engagement as a result of using a mobile technology. FLCmobile's members possess a variety of technology skill sets and represent a range of academic areas from English, Theatre and the Library to Business and Physics. Faculty members teach both online and F2F (face to face).

FLCmobile members experienced both challenges and successes as they explored mobile technology, and this presentation is intended to acknowledge the failures and highlight the wins through demonstrations and examples. Attendees will: (1) hear evidence-based advice on how to innovate the classroom experience using mobile technology to get measurable outcomes for students; (2) gain insight to how College resources can support effective integration of mobile technology in the learning process; (3) receive recommendations for successful replication of a faculty learning community on their campus.

In this dynamic presentation, members of the "Using Mobile Technologies for Student Learning and Engagement" Faculty Learning Community will offer advice and lessons learned as they co-piloted mobile applications such as Padlet, Pinterest, iMovie, and Twitter in support of student-centered discovery, sharing, and collaboration. Faculty members who teach in the online space will provide specific feedback on student outcomes and their own research agendas related to those outcomes.