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DIY Blended Learning: A Ready-Made Faculty Development Program

Linda S. Futch (University of Central Florida, USA)
Rohan Jowallah (University of Central Florida, USA)
Session Information
July 7, 2015 - 8:30am
Faculty Development & Student Support
Areas of Special Interest: 
Institutional Initiatives
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Best Practices
Institutional Level: 
Multiple Levels
Audience Level: 
Session Type: 
Interactive Workshop - 210 minutes
Plaza Ballroom E
Session Duration: 
210 Minutes
Workshop Session 1 & 2 (combined)
Virtual Session

Participants will explore open educational resources (OER) from UCF's Blended Learning Toolkit and BlendKit Course to meet their faculty development needs.


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Extended Abstract

Participants will explore opportunities for adapting open educational resources (OER) from UCF's Blended Learning Toolkit to meet their faculty development needs. The University of Central Florida (UCF) and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), as part of a Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) project, released a Blended Learning Toolkit designed to support institutional implementations of blended learning. The Toolkit contains high level overviews of topics relevant for institutions exploring blended learning (e.g., development processes, effective teaching practices, and resources for evaluation and research), model blended courses in English composition and college algebra (subject matter specific) as well as a faculty development course related to blended learning (subject matter neutral).

The faculty development course, called "the BlendKit Course," is a complete set of materials appropriate for either self-study, group discussion, or institutional implementation. All components of the Toolkit are available publicly online, and are available for use as is, adaptation, or remixing as open educational resources (OER) under the terms of a Creative Commons license (BY-NC-SA 3.0).

Research has shown faculty need assistance to move into a new delivery paradigm (Aycock, et al., 2002; Dziuban, Hartman, Juge, Moskal, & Sorg, 2005; Dzuiban, Hartman, & Moskal, 2004; Dziuban, Hartman, Moskal, Sorg, & Truman, 2004; Koepke & O'Brien, 2012; Laws, et al., 2003, Robison, 2004; Sun, et al. 2008; Voos, 2003). In this interactive workshop, the facilitators will guide participants in articulating their institutional faculty development needs related to blended learning in order to identify possible ways that resources from the Toolkit might be leveraged to meet those needs. Specifically, participants will complete planning worksheets and have an opportunity to consult with facilitators on their faculty development plans. Additionally, the facilitators will provide a guided tour of the Blended Learning Toolkit resources and a mini-tutorial on the details of modifying Toolkit OER resources under the provisions of Creative Commons licensing. This will include the details of how to appropriately attribute original authors and subsequent contributors. Throughout, emphasis will be placed upon practicality and collaboration.

Learning Objectives:
- Identify faculty development needs for your institution
- Identify components of BlendKit Course useful to your faculty development initiative
- Adopt and adapt resources for your faculty development initiative
- Create appropriate creative commons license for your faculty development components

Lead Presenter

Dr. Linda S. Futch is an Associate Department Head, Instructional Design, at the University of Central Florida. Her duties cover instructional design, support for online courses and the course management system. Linda has been instrumental in guiding faculty development for online courses and developing systems to support faculty and students. She has developed curriculum and delivered instruction in business, high school, community college, and higher education. For her doctoral dissertation, Linda studied blended learning at a metropolitan university.