2008 Leep Faculty Retreat: Developing a Model for Effective Online Pedagogy

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Presentation with Linda C. Smith to the Provost Initiative for Teaching Advancement (PITA) at the University of Illinois. This presentation was a follow-up to a Faculty Retreat for the LEEP online library and information science program on online pedagogy.

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2008 Leep Faculty Retreat: Developing a Model for Effective Online Pedagogy

  1. 1. 2008 LEEP Faculty Retreat: Developing a Model for Effective Online Pedagogy Linda C. Smith, Anne McKinney Graduate School of Library & Information Science
  2. 2. Overview of LEEP (Library Education Experimental Program) <ul><li>Online graduate program in Library & Information Science since 1996 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Synchronous & asynchronous online learning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Residential “boot camp” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Over half of MS students in GSLIS are online </li></ul><ul><li>Experienced faculty & adjuncts from diverse employment sectors </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboration & research initiatives </li></ul>
  3. 3. Retreat Overview <ul><li>First LEEP Retreat in 2002 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Learning, Culture and Community in Online Education: Research and Practice , edited by Caroline Haythornthwaite and Michelle Kazmer (Peter Lang, 2004). </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Developments within LEEP, 2002-2008 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>New faculty </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Changing student demographics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Technological advances for online learning </li></ul></ul><ul><li>2008-?: Where do we go from here? </li></ul>
  4. 4. 2008 LEEP Faculty Retreat <ul><li>August 20-21 at Allerton Retreat Center </li></ul><ul><li>Almost 50 participants </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Full-time & adjunct faculty from across the U.S. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Administrative & instructional design staff </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Doctoral students </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Discussion sessions led by diverse faculty/staff </li></ul><ul><li>LEEP Student Survey data collected by Project GA </li></ul>
  5. 5. Discussion Topics <ul><li>Crisis management for online instructors </li></ul><ul><li>Effective practice in an evolving community </li></ul><ul><li>Organizing course content & syllabus design </li></ul><ul><li>Technology: file sharing, Web 2.0, Facebook </li></ul><ul><li>Achieving quality outcomes in our pedagogy </li></ul><ul><li>Breakout sessions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Online course activities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Assessment & feedback </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Preparing students for career success </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Major Outcomes <ul><li>Productive f2f environment </li></ul><ul><li>Sharing effective pedagogical techniques </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tips for Facilitating Online Group Work </li></ul></ul><ul><li>LEEP Instructor’s Moodle: ongoing asynchronous discussion </li></ul><ul><li>LEEP Facebook community </li></ul><ul><li>Recreational activities enhanced personal connections </li></ul>
  7. 7. Positive Feedback from Participants <ul><li>Advice from experienced instructors </li></ul><ul><li>Realization that most instructors face the same difficulties: “I’m doing OK!” </li></ul><ul><li>Inspiration: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Why each of us wants to teach </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Facing the future of our program amid changing student demographics, needs & communities </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Feedback: Suggestions for the future <ul><li>More time for discussions </li></ul><ul><li>Less technology, more fundamental pedagogy </li></ul><ul><li>Hands-on computing sessions </li></ul><ul><li>Continue discussions in Moodle & conference calls </li></ul><ul><li>“Please do this again!” </li></ul>

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