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Top Off Your Perfect Blend with TOPR: The Teaching Online Pedagogical Repository


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Presentation at 2012 Sloan-C Blended Conference and Workshop in Milwaukee, WI

Presentation at 2012 Sloan-C Blended Conference and Workshop in Milwaukee, WI

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  • LInda Review the sample TOPR entry individually. Guide them through parts What do you like about the entry? What improvements might you make?
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  • Linda Where are we today! Brief review of tool Mix of dynamic aspects of web 2.0 tools add in peer-review Web 2.0 View Contribute Stages of development Peer Review
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    • 1. Top Off Your Perfect Blend with TOPR: The Teaching Online Pedagogical RepositoryDr. Kelvin ThompsonDr. Linda FutchDr. Baiyun ChenUniversity of Central Florida
    • 2. AgendaBig PictureDetailsYour InvolvementClosing
    • 3. What Is It?a peer-reviewed resource to support the curation ofeffective pedagogical practices in online and blendedcoursesindividual entries include: • strategy description drawn from the pedagogical practice of online/blended teaching faculty • artifacts depicting the strategy from actual courses • alignment with cited findings from research or professional practice literatureAll released for reuse/remix under CreativeCommons
    • 4. Editorial Board• Alec Couros, Associate Professor, University of Regina• Charles D. Dziuban, Director, Research Initiative for Teaching Effectiveness (RITE), University of Central Florida• David Wicks, Director of Instructional Technology, Assistant Professor, Seattle Pacific University• Fred Stielow, Vice President, Dean of Libraries & Course Materials, American Public University System• Karen Swan, Stukel Professor of Educational Leadership, University of Illinois Springfield• Mark A. Laumakis, Lecturer, Department of Psychology Faculty in Residence, Instructional Technology Services, San Diego State University• Melody A. Bowdon, Director, Karen L. Smith Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning, Associate Professor of Writing and Rhetoric, University of Central Florida• Norman Vaughan, Professor, Education & Schooling Faculty of Teaching & Learning, Mount Royal University• Susan Wegmann, Associate Professor, Director of Programs and Research, Morgridge International Reading Center (MIRC), University of Central Florida• Tana Monaco, Consultant• Veronica Diaz, Associate Director, EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative, EDUCAUSE
    • 5. Demo: Finding Strategies
    • 6. "Bigger than a Breadbox"Getting the granularity rightPedagogical practice is• Not a theory• Not an instructional model• Not a tool• Not a broad, sweeping concept• Not "heres what i did"IS an impactful, replicable teaching practice/strategydescribed, anchored to literature, illustrated in examples,and connected to other practices via keyword tags
    • 7. Demo: Contribution Form
    • 8. Isnt This Like MERLOT?MERLOT is primarily a collection of materials.• "learning exercises" are lessons associated with materials• eLIXR is a set of holistic faculty case studies on big themesTOPR is a collection of teaching strategies • artifacts are illustrative • faculty testimonials are highly contextualized
    • 9. Conceptual FrameworkStrategy Description• 1-2 paragraphs• "blogs are not a practice but implementing public blogs for reflective writing in a community of practice might be"AArtifacts • Preferably image/files uploaded into the repository • External links/images acceptableScholarly References• Research articles are great• "Professional practice literature" (journals, blogs, podcasts)
    • 10. Theoretical UnderpinningSource of possible tags• Theory• Instructional Model• Concept• Sub-Concept• ToolLoosely suggested tags (existing "categories")
    • 11. Development ProcessEntries• Anyone can contribute an idea• Any registered user can create a new entry• Many "stubs" (Wikipedia) in backstage Draft areaEditing• Any registered user can edit or add additional material• Managing editors responsible for "keeping on the rails" o Edit with eye for consistency, conceptual framework o Possibly move an entry backstage if "just not ready" o May coach contributor(s)Peer Review
    • 12. New Scholarship Issues"Perpetual beta" + peer review = strange bedfellows/mutation • Scholarly rigor in entries • Peer review process for improvement/validation • Wiki for on-going improvements/updatesIntellectual property complications • Creative Commons licensing for "remixing" • Some faculty (and administrators) not sure about CC • Many individuals uncertain how to operationalize CC
    • 13. Making It WorkFew, simple non-negotiables (conceptual framework)Editorial Board• Promoting TOPR• Feedback on processes• Recruit peer reviewersPeer review process to followIssue: entry is peer-reviewed but on an ever-changing wikiPossible answer: "oldid" function (used currently in citation)Perhaps a "peer reviewed" graphic and a statement like:"a version of this entry was peer reviewed previously. seethat version."Allows reader to compare versions for herself
    • 14. Current StatusEmerging from betaNew entries being made/editedCasual submissions and regular contributors welcomedInitial editorial board meeting being scheduledPeer review process in the works
    • 15. Your Involvement
    • 16. Your Thoughts?• What value (if any) do you seen in TOPR as a whole for your institution?• Can you envision yourself or colleagues contributing to TOPR?• How might you adapt ideas from TOPR for your own teaching?• Do you see yourself contributing ideas?
    • 17. Get InvolvedHave the germ of an idea or a fully fleshed out entry you wishto share? • Contribution Form: you wish to get more involved in contributing and editingideas on a fairly frequent basis? • Send email to to request a login to TOPRWant to become a peer reviewer for TOPR?• Send email to for follow-up
    • 18. Questions and Answers
    • 19. Contact Us Kelvin Thompson kelvin@ucf.eduDr. Linda Futch linda.futch@ucf.eduDr. Baiyun Chen