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Online & Blended Education: A Professional Development Opportunity
 

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This presentation will explore how the Sloan Consortium (Sloan-C) helps to professionally develop faculty in online and blended learning, the importance of using online and blended educational ...

This presentation will explore how the Sloan Consortium (Sloan-C) helps to professionally develop faculty in online and blended learning, the importance of using online and blended educational delivery for workforce education and ABE/ESL, and the details of the jump-start program that the SBCTC is initiating in collaboration with Sloan-C.

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    • A professional development program for Workforce and ABE/ESL faculty in online and blended education
      The Sloan Consortium, Inc.(Sloan-C)
      and
      Workforce Strategy Center
      John Bourne and Maureen Bozell
    • Outline of talk
      What is Sloan-C (J. Bourne)
      What does Sloan-C do, how can we help you.
      Workforce educational strategies in blended and online learning (M. Bozell)
      The workshop program of Sloan-C for professional development (J. Bourne)
      Next steps
    • The Sloan Consortium (Sloan-C)
      Sloan-C is a professional not-for-profit membership organization for both institutions and individuals. Created in 2008 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization after 12 years of funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
      Sloan-C provides professional development to higher education professionals, hosts conferences, publishes materials, conducts research and delivers online workshops.
      Sloan-C operates on membership fees, workshop and conference surpluses, research fees and publication income
    • Over 8000 enrollments in
      1345 courses offered
      At 158 institutions
    • Elements of Quality – The Sloan-C Pillars
      Frank Mayadas first proposed using the pillars for measuring quality.
    • The Annual Survey
      www.sloanconsortium.org
    • Localness concept
      Blended
      Virtual Blended
      Learner Population growth
      SBCTC partners with Sloan-C to spread word nationally
      SBCTC faculty can help:
      Form new communities
      Help Sloan-C reach out
    • On-Ground Conferences, Workshops, Symposia
      • Annual Conference
      • Orlando, Florida
      • October, 2010
      • Online access available
      • Blended Conference and Workshop
      • Chicago, Ill
      • April, 2010
      • Emerging Technology Applications for Online Learning
      • San Jose, CA
      • July, 2010
      • Online Symposium
    • Online workshops
      • Provide >70 per year (75 in 2010)
      • From beginners to more advanced
      • Workshop packages:
      • Professional Development Package (a.k.a. “College Pass” ) is very popular.
      • Workshops rotate – always cutting edge!
      • On-line Teaching Certificate available.
      • Foundation course +3 elective workshops+ practicum (mentored by subject matter experts from colleges and universities across the country)
      • Workshops typically run ten days and are offered asynchronously/synchronously
    • Reasons to join Sloan-C
      Institutions
      Reduce costs for training faculty for online education
      Secure seal of approval for institution
      Reduce costs for professional attendance at conferences
      Individuals
      Professional recognition
      Awards
      Nominate people to serve on Board of Directors
      Conference and workshop discounts
      Corporate Affiliates
      Gain interaction with Sloan-C members
      Different benefits in each membership category
    • College Pass
      $3495 for 100 seats in workshops
      Income funds: workshop creation, facilitators, mentors, support and workshop coordination.
      College pass provides passes to colleges that may be distributed to others. SBCTC has secured through purchase and grants a significant number of seats for 2010.
      We offer a Sloan-C certificate in Online Teaching with a blended teaching track
    • Sloan-C Outreach: Social Networking and Content Dissemination
      Use Web 2.0 systems as base for:
      Content management (website)
      Delivering content (Sloan-C View)
      Organic Groups
      Example: new group on online workforce education. Maureen Bozell point person.
      Member blogs
      News, Forums, Events articles
    • Social Network Activities
      Listserv
      LinkedIn
      Facebook
      Twitter
      Second Life
      Washington Community and Technical College faculty can join listserv, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and engage in Second Life activities.
    • Virtual Worlds initiative
      Realistic, student-centered combined asynchronous and synchronous learning experiences. Hypothesis – create high quality learning in a virtual world.
      Space for Washington State faculty on Sloan-C islands.
    • Sloan-C Headquarters in Second Life
    • Learning Opportunities for Virtual Worlds include:
      • Ways of reaching new populations with online education
      • Blended opportunities, localness
      • Corporate, alumni, and others
      • Workforce, ABE/ESL
      • K-12
      • Improving retention, graduation rates
      • Increasing Learning effectiveness
      • Cost reductions, improving scalability
      • International connectivity and liaisons
      • Creating “Do-learn” experiences that are risk-free
      • Influencing policy
    • What is Sloan-C doing right now?
      • Large effort in Social Networking
      • Publications
      • Conferences
      • Planning for Emerging Tech conference in July in CA and Blended Conference and Workshop in Chicago in April
      • Creating Alliances
      • Global initiatives
      • Blended, Localness, Workforce, and Minority initiatives
      • Membership drive
    • Maureen Bozell
      Workforce Strategy Center
      The Importance of Online/Blended Education for Workforce Education
    • Responding to the Economy
      WSC’s mission is to make education and workforce development more responsive to the economy
      Today almost every job requires using technology
    • Responding to the Economy
      More and more postsecondary institutions are using technology to:
      Build student real world problem-solving skills
      Increase student retention
      Increase scheduling flexibility
      Allow instructors more time to teach and coach
      Decrease the time needed to prepare students for employment
      Responding to the Economy
    • Community College Online Initiative Community College Online Initiative (CCOI)
      Goal: to increase the effectiveness of community colleges in workforce education and training by encouraging the use of blended learning solutions
      Stage 1—Planning
      Stage 2—Implementation
    • Planning
      Work with SBCTC to pilot blended learning for workforce development
      Publicize the pilot to bring blended learning to scale
      Customize blended learning solutions for workforce development
      ABE/ESL
      Incumbent workers
      Dislocated workers
      Planning
    • Implementation
      Establish blended learning solutions for workforce development in 10 community colleges
      Train and certify faculty in blended teaching
      Create a series of advanced blended learning workshops
      Provide technical assistance
      Document and disseminate CCOI
      Implementation
    • The Workshop Program
    • How Colleges are interacting with Sloan-C.
      States and Colleges purchase mixtures of colleges passes
      Tennessee Board of Regents purchased college passes for all its 20 schools.
      Colorado State purchased a franchise for Sloan-C workshops
      Maryland purchased college passes for its system
      Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges is our largest and most ambitious program to date
    • Program for SBCTC
      • Objectives:
      • Professional development program for faculty at Washington’s 34 community and technical colleges to assist workforce and ABE/ESL faculty
      • College Passes
      • 900 seats in online workshops; 33% dedicated to ABE/ESL
      • Sloan-C Teaching Certificate
      • 5 Sloan-C Teaching Certificates for the blended track; 1 dedicated to ABE/ESL
      • All decisions about allocation of these resources are being made by SBCTC and College ABE Directors and Workforce Deans
    • Example pathway for learning
      • Certificate Foundation course (9 weeks)
      • Add three elective one week courses to basic course to secure certificate
      • One week courses:
      • Getting Started in Online Teaching
      • Dynamic Collaboration and Facilitation Practices
      • Blended Learning (3-course series)
      • The “Quality Matters” Rubric
      • Technology Bootcamp, and/or Second Life series
      • Accommodating Students with Disabilities, Copyright Compliance, Academic Integrity, Using Laboratories Online, Workload Management, Media and Other Tools to Improve Online Learning, and others.
    • Workshop Dates
      • For updated schedule:
      http://www.sloanconsortium.org/2010_workshop_schedule
      • Workshops continue throughout year
    • Looking forward
      • WA Community & Technical College faculty get ready to take workshops
      • Note: SBCTC staff are working with Workforce Deans and ABE Directors to distribute resources.
      • We begin planning with faculty/administration on additional ABE/ESL workshops and Workforce-related workshops
      • Various colleges in Washington State using SL (note: nursing simulator)
      • Consider social network within Washington; example, on Sloan-C island in SL. Attempt collaboration with other states that have bought into this model: Maryland, Tennessee
    • Workshop Opportunities by Specialization
      Administration
      Blended
      Design and Delivery
      Tools and Techniques
    • Administration Specialization
      * Prerequisite for Teaching Certificate if no online/blended teaching experience
    • Blended Specialization
      * Prerequisite for Teaching Certificate if no online/blended teaching experience
    • Design and Delivery Specialization
      * Prerequisite for Teaching Certificate if no online/blended teaching experience
    • Tools and Techniques Specialization
      * Prerequisite for Teaching Certificate if no online/blended teaching experience
    • Next Steps
      SBCTC staff allocates workshop resources to ABE and Workforce faculty.
      Kick-off webinar with college representatives
      Review registration process
      Preview upcoming workshops
      Q & A
    • In conclusion, a beginning:
      “The greatest real thrill that life offers is to create, to construct, to develop something useful. Too often we fail to recognize and pay tribute to the creative spirit. It is that spirit that creates our jobs. There has to be this pioneer, the individual who has the courage, the ambition to overcome the obstacles that always develop when one tries to do something worthwhile, especially when it is new and different.”
      Alfred P. Sloan
    • Questions?
      Visit:
      http://www.sloanconsortium.org
      Contact information:
      • John Bourne, jbourne@sloanconsortium.org
      • Maureen Bozell, mbozell@workforcestrategy.org