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It Takes a Campus: Building Institutional Support for Blended Learning

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Presenter(s)
Sunay Palsole (The University of Texas at San Antonio, USA)
Session Information
July 7, 2015 - 1:00pm
Track: 
Institutional Leadership & Strategy
Areas of Special Interest: 
Institutional Initiatives
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Best Practices
Institutional Level: 
Universities and Four Year Institutions
Audience Level: 
Intermediate
Session Type: 
Information Session
Location: 
Plaza Court 2
Session Duration: 
50 Minutes
Session: 
Concurrent Session 1
Abstract

Building systematic support across campus for blended learning requires support from multiple stakeholders across campus with different strategies for engagement. This session shares those strategies.

Extended Abstract

Building an effective blended learning culture needs strategic partners across multiple campus constituents and not just faculty. Strong support from higher up administration coupled with faculty go a long way towards the acceptance of such alternative learning strategies across campus.

Both these constituencies require different sets of data and engagement to generate the necessary buy in for sustenance of course and program development initiatives. In addition to academic partners, effective blended learning program administrators also have to build partnerships with the Office of the Registrar, Space management and at times financial affairs to mitigate issues of space allocation and development of faculty incentives.

This session will provide a walk-through of the different offices that were engaged and the student learning data that were collected that helped develop faculty and administrative partners at 3 different institutions that started an institution wide blended learning initiative.

Lead Presenter

Sunay is a geophysicist by academic training and has been involved in education technology for over 15 years. He has developed and taught courses in traditional, blended and online formats since 2002. They have spanned the areas of philosophy, science, geology and computer information systems.
He has designed and delivered faculty development workshops for technology enhanced, blended and online courses.
His current interests lie in immersive gaming and modeling, creating effective blended and flipped models for engaging students in scientific inquiry, the use of social media to create communities of practice among students, continuous assessment strategies and effective practices in blended and online course design.