Florence Spraggins, Alcohol & Drug Counseling Greg Kaminski, Distance Education Tani McBeth, Psychology Chris Hughes, Math...
Portland Community College <ul><li>90,000 students </li></ul><ul><li>Roughly 22,000 FTE </li></ul><ul><li>4 main campuses ...
Course Quality Assessment <ul><li>Prior to 2005: course design checklist </li></ul><ul><li>Sp 2005: Simplified version of ...
Results of Review Process <ul><li>Improved course quality, with issues: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Huge time commitment for 2 p...
Roots of Online Faculty Mentor Program <ul><li>Inspired by “Online Faculty Lead” approach at Front Range Community College...
PCC  Online Faculty Mentor Program <ul><li>“ Online mentor” vs. “Online lead” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Implied peer relations...
QM Training <ul><li>For mentors: </li></ul><ul><li>Through DL:  1-1 or “Applying the Rubric” workshop </li></ul><ul><li>QM...
Results:  Mentor Perspective <ul><li>Reception of mentors </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Finding the niche role as mentors, not eva...
Results:  DL Perspective <ul><li>Saving time </li></ul><ul><li>SME appeal </li></ul><ul><li>Personal mentoring 1 st  teach...
Issues <ul><li>Mentor time constraints </li></ul><ul><li>Arranging follow-up mentoring – 1 st  term </li></ul><ul><li>Take...
On the Horizon <ul><li>Migration to new LMS </li></ul><ul><li>Ways to insure quality of “old” courses </li></ul><ul><li>“ ...
Contact Information <ul><li>Greg Kaminski, gkaminsk@pcc.edu, 503-977-4570 </li></ul><ul><li>Florence Spraggins, fspraggi@p...
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Building Quality Courses Utilizing QM and Online Faculty Mentors

  1. 1. Florence Spraggins, Alcohol & Drug Counseling Greg Kaminski, Distance Education Tani McBeth, Psychology Chris Hughes, Math Portland Community College
  2. 2. Portland Community College <ul><li>90,000 students </li></ul><ul><li>Roughly 22,000 FTE </li></ul><ul><li>4 main campuses </li></ul><ul><li>18 - 22% of college enrollment online </li></ul><ul><li>400 - 450 course sections / term </li></ul><ul><li>25 - 30 new or revised courses / term </li></ul><ul><li>2 designers – initial process </li></ul><ul><ul><li>4 Instructional Technology Specialists to assist </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Course Quality Assessment <ul><li>Prior to 2005: course design checklist </li></ul><ul><li>Sp 2005: Simplified version of Quality Matters </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Designer recommends / Dean approves </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Winter 2007: Quality Matters at “70% level” </li></ul>
  4. 4. Results of Review Process <ul><li>Improved course quality, with issues: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Huge time commitment for 2 people </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Difficult to hire more designers </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Large number of old courses never reviewed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Limited SME scope </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Roots of Online Faculty Mentor Program <ul><li>Inspired by “Online Faculty Lead” approach at Front Range Community College, CO </li></ul><ul><ul><li>FRCC model: 14 online lead faculty cover the disciplines </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Assist with getting faculty trained, course assignments, course reviews, student advising, development of standards </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. PCC Online Faculty Mentor Program <ul><li>“ Online mentor” vs. “Online lead” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Implied peer relationship instead of power </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>FT / PT </li></ul></ul><ul><li>8 mentors: cover many disciplines (not all) </li></ul><ul><li>Responsibilities: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mentor new faculty in related disciplines </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Course shell selection (takeover course) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Course reviews </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Help with training (Best Practices sharing sessions) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Course design guidance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Assist DL with development of standards </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Compensation: Hourly project rate </li></ul>
  7. 7. QM Training <ul><li>For mentors: </li></ul><ul><li>Through DL: 1-1 or “Applying the Rubric” workshop </li></ul><ul><li>QM workshops offered annually </li></ul><ul><li>For instructors: </li></ul><ul><li>“ Online Design Skills” course </li></ul><ul><li>QM workshops offered annually </li></ul>
  8. 8. Results: Mentor Perspective <ul><li>Reception of mentors </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Finding the niche role as mentors, not evaluators </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Results of using QM </li></ul><ul><li>Mentoring strategies </li></ul><ul><li>Liaison with SAC </li></ul><ul><li>SAC shell / core shell concept </li></ul><ul><li>Other benefits / issues </li></ul>
  9. 9. Results: DL Perspective <ul><li>Saving time </li></ul><ul><li>SME appeal </li></ul><ul><li>Personal mentoring 1 st teach term - helpful </li></ul><ul><li>Better connection with the SAC </li></ul>
  10. 10. Issues <ul><li>Mentor time constraints </li></ul><ul><li>Arranging follow-up mentoring – 1 st term </li></ul><ul><li>Takeover course selection issues / sharing intellectual property </li></ul><ul><li>Promoting college wide SAC collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Quick access to shells & all course reviews </li></ul><ul><li>Instructors who don’t want any advice </li></ul><ul><li>FT / PT </li></ul><ul><li>District wide travel </li></ul>
  11. 11. On the Horizon <ul><li>Migration to new LMS </li></ul><ul><li>Ways to insure quality of “old” courses </li></ul><ul><li>“ Core course shells” created by team of instructors with input of the mentor (following QM standards ) </li></ul><ul><li>Process for looking at “delivery” of course in addition to design ( Observation tool ) likely dept. chair instead of mentor </li></ul>
  12. 12. Contact Information <ul><li>Greg Kaminski, gkaminsk@pcc.edu, 503-977-4570 </li></ul><ul><li>Florence Spraggins, fspraggi@pcc.edu, 503-731-6628 </li></ul><ul><li>Tani McBeth, tmcbeth@pcc.edu, 503-244-6111, ext. 3346 </li></ul><ul><li>Chris Hughes, christopher.hughes 1 @pcc.edu, 503-614-7691 </li></ul>

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