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 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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Online & Blended Education: A Professional Development Opportunity

  1. 1. A professional development program for Workforce and ABE/ESL faculty in online and blended education<br />The Sloan Consortium, Inc.(Sloan-C)<br /> and <br />Workforce Strategy Center <br />John Bourne and Maureen Bozell<br />
  2. 2. Outline of talk<br />What is Sloan-C (J. Bourne)<br />What does Sloan-C do, how can we help you.<br />Workforce educational strategies in blended and online learning (M. Bozell)<br />The workshop program of Sloan-C for professional development (J. Bourne)<br />Next steps<br />
  3. 3. The Sloan Consortium (Sloan-C)<br />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.<br />Sloan-C provides professional development to higher education professionals, hosts conferences, publishes materials, conducts research and delivers online workshops.<br />Sloan-C operates on membership fees, workshop and conference surpluses, research fees and publication income<br />
  4. 4. Over 8000 enrollments in <br />1345 courses offered<br />At 158 institutions<br />
  5. 5. Elements of Quality – The Sloan-C Pillars<br />Frank Mayadas first proposed using the pillars for measuring quality.<br />
  6. 6. The Annual Survey<br /><br />
  7. 7. Localness concept<br />Blended<br />Virtual Blended<br />Learner Population growth<br />SBCTC partners with Sloan-C to spread word nationally<br />SBCTC faculty can help:<br />Form new communities<br />Help Sloan-C reach out<br />
  8. 8. On-Ground Conferences, Workshops, Symposia<br /><ul><li>Annual Conference
  9. 9. Orlando, Florida
  10. 10. October, 2010
  11. 11. Online access available
  12. 12. Blended Conference and Workshop
  13. 13. Chicago, Ill
  14. 14. April, 2010
  15. 15. Emerging Technology Applications for Online Learning
  16. 16. San Jose, CA
  17. 17. July, 2010
  18. 18. Online Symposium</li></li></ul><li>Online workshops<br /><ul><li>Provide >70 per year (75 in 2010)
  19. 19. From beginners to more advanced
  20. 20. Workshop packages:
  21. 21. Professional Development Package (a.k.a. “College Pass” ) is very popular.
  22. 22. Workshops rotate – always cutting edge!
  23. 23. On-line Teaching Certificate available.
  24. 24. Foundation course +3 elective workshops+ practicum (mentored by subject matter experts from colleges and universities across the country)
  25. 25. Workshops typically run ten days and are offered asynchronously/synchronously</li></li></ul><li>Reasons to join Sloan-C<br />Institutions<br />Reduce costs for training faculty for online education<br />Secure seal of approval for institution<br />Reduce costs for professional attendance at conferences<br />Individuals<br />Professional recognition<br />Awards<br />Nominate people to serve on Board of Directors<br />Conference and workshop discounts<br />Corporate Affiliates<br />Gain interaction with Sloan-C members<br />Different benefits in each membership category<br />
  26. 26. College Pass<br />$3495 for 100 seats in workshops<br />Income funds: workshop creation, facilitators, mentors, support and workshop coordination.<br />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.<br />We offer a Sloan-C certificate in Online Teaching with a blended teaching track<br />
  27. 27. Sloan-C Outreach: Social Networking and Content Dissemination<br />Use Web 2.0 systems as base for:<br />Content management (website)<br />Delivering content (Sloan-C View)<br />Organic Groups<br />Example: new group on online workforce education. Maureen Bozell point person.<br />Member blogs<br />News, Forums, Events articles<br />
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  29. 29. Social Network Activities<br />Listserv<br />LinkedIn<br />Facebook<br />Twitter<br />Second Life<br />Washington Community and Technical College faculty can join listserv, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and engage in Second Life activities.<br />
  30. 30. Virtual Worlds initiative<br />Realistic, student-centered combined asynchronous and synchronous learning experiences. Hypothesis – create high quality learning in a virtual world.<br />Space for Washington State faculty on Sloan-C islands.<br />
  31. 31. Sloan-C Headquarters in Second Life<br />
  32. 32. Learning Opportunities for Virtual Worlds include:<br /><ul><li>Ways of reaching new populations with online education
  33. 33. Blended opportunities, localness
  34. 34. Corporate, alumni, and others
  35. 35. Workforce, ABE/ESL
  36. 36. K-12
  37. 37. Improving retention, graduation rates
  38. 38. Increasing Learning effectiveness
  39. 39. Cost reductions, improving scalability
  40. 40. International connectivity and liaisons
  41. 41. Creating “Do-learn” experiences that are risk-free
  42. 42. Influencing policy</li></li></ul><li>What is Sloan-C doing right now?<br /><ul><li>Large effort in Social Networking
  43. 43. Publications
  44. 44. Conferences
  45. 45. Planning for Emerging Tech conference in July in CA and Blended Conference and Workshop in Chicago in April
  46. 46. Creating Alliances
  47. 47. Global initiatives
  48. 48. Blended, Localness, Workforce, and Minority initiatives
  49. 49. Membership drive</li></li></ul><li>Maureen Bozell <br />Workforce Strategy Center<br />The Importance of Online/Blended Education for Workforce Education<br />
  50. 50. Responding to the Economy<br />WSC’s mission is to make education and workforce development more responsive to the economy<br />Today almost every job requires using technology<br />
  51. 51. Responding to the Economy<br />More and more postsecondary institutions are using technology to:<br />Build student real world problem-solving skills <br />Increase student retention <br />Increase scheduling flexibility <br />Allow instructors more time to teach and coach <br />Decrease the time needed to prepare students for employment <br />Responding to the Economy<br />
  52. 52. Community College Online Initiative Community College Online Initiative (CCOI)<br />Goal: to increase the effectiveness of community colleges in workforce education and training by encouraging the use of blended learning solutions <br />Stage 1—Planning <br />Stage 2—Implementation<br />
  53. 53. Planning <br />Work with SBCTC to pilot blended learning for workforce development <br />Publicize the pilot to bring blended learning to scale <br />Customize blended learning solutions for workforce development <br />ABE/ESL <br />Incumbent workers <br />Dislocated workers <br />Planning<br />
  54. 54. Implementation <br />Establish blended learning solutions for workforce development in 10 community colleges <br />Train and certify faculty in blended teaching <br />Create a series of advanced blended learning workshops <br />Provide technical assistance <br />Document and disseminate CCOI <br />Implementation<br />
  55. 55. The Workshop Program<br />
  56. 56. How Colleges are interacting with Sloan-C.<br />States and Colleges purchase mixtures of colleges passes<br />Tennessee Board of Regents purchased college passes for all its 20 schools.<br />Colorado State purchased a franchise for Sloan-C workshops<br />Maryland purchased college passes for its system<br />Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges is our largest and most ambitious program to date<br />
  57. 57. Program for SBCTC<br /><ul><li>Objectives:
  58. 58. Professional development program for faculty at Washington’s 34 community and technical colleges to assist workforce and ABE/ESL faculty
  59. 59. College Passes
  60. 60. 900 seats in online workshops; 33% dedicated to ABE/ESL
  61. 61. Sloan-C Teaching Certificate
  62. 62. 5 Sloan-C Teaching Certificates for the blended track; 1 dedicated to ABE/ESL
  63. 63. All decisions about allocation of these resources are being made by SBCTC and College ABE Directors and Workforce Deans</li></li></ul><li>Example pathway for learning<br /><ul><li>Certificate Foundation course (9 weeks)
  64. 64. Add three elective one week courses to basic course to secure certificate
  65. 65. One week courses:
  66. 66. Getting Started in Online Teaching
  67. 67. Dynamic Collaboration and Facilitation Practices
  68. 68. Blended Learning (3-course series)
  69. 69. The “Quality Matters” Rubric
  70. 70. Technology Bootcamp, and/or Second Life series
  71. 71. Accommodating Students with Disabilities, Copyright Compliance, Academic Integrity, Using Laboratories Online, Workload Management, Media and Other Tools to Improve Online Learning, and others.</li></li></ul><li>Workshop Dates<br /><ul><li>For updated schedule:</li></ul><br /><ul><li>Workshops continue throughout year</li></li></ul><li>Looking forward<br /><ul><li>WA Community & Technical College faculty get ready to take workshops
  72. 72. Note: SBCTC staff are working with Workforce Deans and ABE Directors to distribute resources.
  73. 73. We begin planning with faculty/administration on additional ABE/ESL workshops and Workforce-related workshops
  74. 74. Various colleges in Washington State using SL (note: nursing simulator)
  75. 75. 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</li></li></ul><li>Workshop Opportunities by Specialization<br />Administration<br />Blended<br />Design and Delivery<br />Tools and Techniques<br />
  76. 76. Administration Specialization<br />* Prerequisite for Teaching Certificate if no online/blended teaching experience<br />
  77. 77. Blended Specialization<br />* Prerequisite for Teaching Certificate if no online/blended teaching experience<br />
  78. 78. Design and Delivery Specialization<br />* Prerequisite for Teaching Certificate if no online/blended teaching experience<br />
  79. 79. Tools and Techniques Specialization<br />* Prerequisite for Teaching Certificate if no online/blended teaching experience<br />
  80. 80. Next Steps<br />SBCTC staff allocates workshop resources to ABE and Workforce faculty.<br />Kick-off webinar with college representatives <br />Review registration process<br />Preview upcoming workshops<br />Q & A<br />
  81. 81. In conclusion, a beginning:<br /> “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.”<br /> Alfred P. Sloan<br />
  82. 82. Questions?<br />Visit:<br /><br />Contact information:<br /><ul><li>John Bourne,
  83. 83. Maureen Bozell,</li>