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Virtual Andragogy in a Standards-Based Environment: A Case Study of Instructor Presence in a Pre-Built Online Course

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Presenter(s)
Kimberly Greene (Brandman University, USA)
Dr. Lynn Larsen, Ph.D. (Brandman University, USA)
Session Information
October 14, 2015 - 2:45pm
Track: 
Institutional Strategies & Innovations
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Practical Application
Institutional Level: 
Multiple Levels
Audience Level: 
All
Session Type: 
Information Session
Location: 
Oceanic 8
Session Duration: 
45 Minutes
Session: 
Concurrent Session 3
Abstract

Brandman University needed consistency of the online educational experience; yet, virtual andragogy demands the individual's Instructor Presence throughout the class. How could both be achieved?

Extended Abstract

Serving thousands of students online while ensuring consistency of the educational experience challenged Brandman University's School of Education; thus, standardized Blackboard Master Shells were crafted for each course. Yet, online pedagogy/andragogy, that which we define in this paper as virtual andragogy, demands an authentic, individual, Instructor Presence throughout the class. How could this be achieved with a pre-built course shell? Lessons learned from the experiences of multiple adult students and full time faculty are juxtaposed and analyzed to offer a comparative examination of strategies and lessons learned that can empower instructors, instructional designers, and administrators to find a balance that can afford both the presence of the individual instructor and the fidelity to the pre-designed, pre-built online course.

Lead Presenter

Associate Professor Dr. Kimberly Greene teaches online for Brandman University's School of Education. She served as an instructional designer throughout Brandman's transition to blended learning and then as the founding director for the Center for Instructional Innovation (CII). Her doctorate in Educational Technology, from Pepperdine University, put her at the forefront of the move to integrate technology into the educational process in a meaningful fashion, something she continues to research, teach, write about, and present at international conferences. Along with her work as a prek-12 classroom and studio teacher, Dr. Greene's professional history includes serving as the Director of Education for Michael Milken's Knowledge Kids Network as well as a consultant on educational media issues for such companies as LeapFrog Toys and Honda of America. In 2004, she consulted with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to create a talking book The Afghan Family Health Book that teaches basic survival skills to Afghani women. Dr. Greene also writes for the non-academic audience; her internationally successful young adult Pop Star series has been translated into several languages and is available for young readers all around the globe. In 2013, Dr. Greene was honored with Pepperdine University's Graduate School of Education and Psychology's Distinguished Alumnae award.