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Shaping the Future of 21st Century Principals: Moving From On-Ground to Online

Linda Dunlap (Queens University of Charlotte, USA)
Dale McDaniel (Wiley, USA)
Session Information
October 14, 2015 - 1:45pm
Learning Effectiveness
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Practical Application
Institutional Level: 
Multiple Levels
Audience Level: 
Session Type: 
Discovery Session
Atlantic Hall
Session Duration: 
45 Minutes
Discovery Session 1

Addressing the challenges of moving an Educational Leadership program online while maintaining quality and the community aspects of teaching and learning.

Extended Abstract

Shaping the Future of 21st Century Principals: Moving From On-Ground to Online

Dr. Linda Dunlap (Queens University of Charlotte)
Dale McDaniel (Wiley)

Track: Learning Effectiveness
Emphasis of Presentation: Practical Application
Target Audience: All
Institutional Level: Multiple Levels
Session Type: Information Session (preferred), Discovery Session (backup)
Media needed: Standard audiovisual equipment

Abstract: Addressing the challenges of moving an Educational Leadership program online while maintaining quality and the community aspects of teaching and learning.

Extended Abstract:
Online learning in higher education reached an inflection point a few years ago. As of 2010, there were more than 4.6 million students taking online classes. To this point, an online program to educate future school principals is not new. However, for a university that has previously offered only a few courses online, making the move to an online program was a big step. When faculty members have been teaching at the college level for decades, and are suddenly are faced with a shift in the way they must deliver instruction, there is a lot of discussion, not to mention anxiety. Well-meaning colleagues who are very good at what they do are cautious and have concerns about taking their subject matter online.

The goals of this presentation are to:
- Share how we addressed faculty concerns and developed quality online courses that foster the community aspects of teaching and learning.
- Provide practical applications of the Community of Inquiry framework and best practices in course development.
- Describe how we scaffold a summative project to provide continuity between courses within a program.

Participants will benefit from practical examples from the first-hand experience of this presenter. These examples can be used to move a program from on-ground to online. Participants will share in small group moments, discussing how the techniques presented can be helpful in addressing similar concerns they have encountered, and sharing how they can implement similar techniques.

This session will be delivered through an interactive format that will enable participants to remain engaged, contribute to the learning experience, and gain a practical understanding of how they can successfully move their on-ground programs to online programs.


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Allen, Elaine and Jeff Seaman. 2012. Conflicted: Faculty and Online Education: Babson Survey Research Group.

Crawley, Frank, Fewell, Martha, & Sugar, William A. (2009). Researcher and researched: The phenomenology of change from face-to-face to online instruction. The Quarterly Review of Distance Education,10(2), pp. 165-176.

Garrison, D. R., Anderson, T., & Archer, W. (2000). Critical inquiry in a text-based environment: Computer conferencing in higher education. Internet & Higher Education, 2(2-3), 87-105.