The SUNY SLN NGLC Blended Learning Initiative – panel presentation
SLN SOLsummit 2012: SUNY BLEND NGLC Panel SUNY BLEND:The SUNY SLN “catch-up and complete” Enhanced Blended Learning Initiative Alexandra M. Pickett - SUNY Learning Network Peter J. Shea - University at Albany William Pelz - Herkimer County Community College Larry Dugan - Finger Lakes Community College
SLN SOLsummit 2012: SUNY BLEND NGLC Panel Next Generation Learning Challenges…is a collaborative, multi-year initiative created toaddress the barriers to education innovation andtap the potential of technology to dramaticallyimprove college readiness completion in theUnited States. http://nextgenlearning.org/the-program
SLN SOLsummit 2012: SUNY BLEND NGLC Panel NGLC Partners• EDUCAUSE• League for Innovation in the Community College• International Association of k-12 Online Learning(iNACOL)• Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO)Funding is being provided by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation & The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.
SLN SOLsummit 2012: SUNY BLEND NGLC Panel Wave I Challenges• Open Core Courseware• Blended Learning• Deeper Learning• Learner Analyticshttp://nextgenlearning.org/the-grants/wave-1-challenges
SLN SOLsummit 2012: SUNY BLEND NGLC Panel The ResearchInitial plan: Experimental Design with random assignment to treatmentGroups.Rationale (in part): US Dept of ED meta-analysis (2009): learners in blendedconditions outperform students in classrooms and online. Plus flexibility.Support for online self-regulation also found to be effective – these findingsshaped the “treatment” in SLN Catch Up and Complete.Students in blended learning with other supports: Experimental Group.Students in classroom: Control Group.
SLN SOLsummit 2012: SUNY BLEND NGLC Panel Research• Experiment is a minimum of two years: Very few students would consent to participate.• Didn’t want to be “assigned” to anything – they want to choose.• Makes sense…• So, we had to change the design to remove random assignment.
SLN SOLsummit 2012: SUNY BLEND NGLC Panel Research• Many researchers complain about lack of experimental research in this area.• Real blended learning is about choice – experimental research undermines the “treatment.”• Most experiments are artificial (a few class sessions or few weeks)• Not a compatible research design.
SLN SOLsummit 2012: SUNY BLEND NGLC PanelHerkimer County Community College
SLN SOLsummit 2012: SUNY BLEND NGLC Panel HCCC Students…• 5% single parent• 46% work full or part time• 60% female• 65% plan to transfer• 59% take at least 1 online course• 30 yrs. - Average age of online only students• 19 yrs. - Average age of campus only students
SLN SOLsummit 2012: SUNY BLEND NGLC Panel HCCC Internet Academy…• …has offered totally online 2-year Associate Degree programs since 1999.• …currently offers eighteen 2-yeardegree programs totally online.• …offers three 1-year certificates totally online. – Medical Coding is a 1-year certificate that is only available online.• 75% of HCCC’s full-time faculty teach 1 or more online courses.
SLN SOLsummit 2012: SUNY BLEND NGLC Panel Blended Programs & Courses• HCCC offers a total of forty 2-year Associate Degree programs. All of them can be completed at least partially online- so they can all be considered “blended programs.”• However, HCCC has not been aggressive in offering blended courses. The NGLC grant has provided us the opportunity to blend every course required for the Business Admin-‐ AAS degree program.
SLN SOLsummit 2012: SUNY BLEND NGLC PanelNGLC Grant Benefits to HCCC• Professional Development: – 12 seasoned online instructors are developing 16 new blended courses. • 2-day workshop with Tanya Joosten • 1-day workshop with Alejandra Pickett• New Student Service Resources – Starfish – SmarThinking – SUNY SLN Commons / Social Network – Open Course Library / other digital resources
SLN SOLsummit 2012: SUNY BLEND NGLC Panel Benefits continued…• Blended Program: Business Administration AAS – All required courses and Developmental Math. – Of great benefit to working students, students living off campus, and students who do not benefit from totally online courses.• Collaboration with other institutions: – SUNY Albany – SUNY Learning Network – Finger Lakes Community College• A research project on campus adds to a collegiate atmosphere – Faculty and student awareness. – Contribution to the knowledge collective.
SLN SOLsummit 2012: SUNY BLEND NGLC PanelFinger Lakes Community College
SLN SOLsummit 2012: SUNY BLEND NGLC Panel FLCC Data• 5100 FTE• 600 online FTE (66% female)• 64% plan to transfer• 41% take at least 1 online course• Web Enhanced courses – 750• Online Online Courses – 184• Hybrid- 8
SLN SOLsummit 2012: SUNY BLEND NGLC Panel FLCC Students - Modality• Increase in Developmental Math students• Decrease in student time• Online Learning – about 15% of FTE and probably not the best for these students.• Hybrid Courses – – Preferred modality over online and face to face – Lack of clear understanding of what hybrid truly is.
SLN SOLsummit 2012: SUNY BLEND NGLC Panel Historical Hybrid Data• “How about a Hybrid” campaign• Historically unsuccessful – Student confusion – Demographically Challenged – Lack of Hybrid training – Lack of Hybrid best practices
SLN SOLsummit 2012: SUNY BLEND NGLC PanelGrant focus and development• Faculty training and collaboration – Dr. Trista Merrill, English• Student Support – Maureen Owens, Student Concierge