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1 Online Pre-Matriculation Workshops at GSE Kristin Lofblad, Manager of Instructional and Research Technology Valerie Sutton, Director of Career Services Jennifer Petralia, Assistant Dean for Masters Studies

2 Agenda Introduction and Technology Details Career Planning Online Workshop Writing Like an Educator Online Workshop

3 Introduction and Technology Details

4 Similarities Both use the course platform and associated tools Both use HUID/PIN to log in (tricky due to time of year) Both have ability to track usage: –Page views via iCommons tracking –Discussion posts via discussion board tracking –Opening assets via AW stats on our server –Web conference attendance via Elluminate reporting Both are similar in session running / duration and site layout Both contain digital assets created with LTC / our ePlatform, following our standard development process Both are free, and neither are for credit

5 Unique Characteristics ITEMCSOWLE FundingCIO DL grantGSE Deans Office Development6 months3 months Development team8ish3ish Session length10 hours each5 hours each # of participants30 to start 15 to finish 40 to start 25 to finish * DeliverySynch, asynch, SASBasynch, SASB AudienceIncoming masters students <2 years work Incoming international students

6 Career Planning Online Workshop

7 Challenge/Solution One-year masters program 42% of students entering Harvard Graduate School of Education have less than two years of work experience Students are overwhelmed with decisions once they arrive on campus Career conversations need to start earlier so students can identify appropriate resources and courses for their professional path Leverage the time before students arrive on campus and make decisions regarding coursework and activities to begin career exploration! Audience: Pilot group of incoming masters students with less than two years experience Delivery: –Online beginning in August; prior to arrival on campus –Highly facilitated by Career Services staff ChallengeSolution

8 The Opportunity Online workshop for incoming masters students to help early identification of career interests/goals Project Goals: –Facilitate curricular planning –Classify and narrow extracurricular activities –Identify Harvard resources to assist in curricular and career planning –Smooth the progress of a one-year masters program to full-time position within three months of graduation

9 Asset Development Phase Internally Developed: –E-Lectures (Articulate)E-Lectures –Tutorials (Articulate)Tutorials –Podcasts (Audacity and course platform)Podcasts –Videos (iMovie and Flash video encoder)Videos –Caselets –Documents Outsourced: –CareerBeam –Strengthsfinder –Hired Networking tool

10 Communication Plan Targeted communication sent to incoming masters students with less than two years Students completed online registration form to express interest First 25 participants selected to participate in the pilot workshop Follow-up communications sent to all interested respondents alerting them to the self-paced offering Instructions sent to the registrants for the facilitated workshop

11 Lessons Learned: Facilitated Module Introductions –Web conference for real-time relationship-building at the start Timing –Synchronous components with geographically dispersed students –Planning for potential move/arrival on campus Workload Drop-out rate Content creation –Realistic expectations for quantity of content that can be developed in timeframe

12 Next Steps Evaluation, focus group, and longitudinal assessment Additional content development for version 2 –Facilitated summer 2008 –Self-paced fall 2008 Next up: Virtual Career Days!

13 Writing Like an Educator Online Workshop

14 Project Motivators Student Requests for Pre-Matriculation Writing Support Faculty Concerns Re: Student Writing Preparation Needs of International Students Disciplinary CasesAudience All Incoming International Students

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16 Workshop Goals Identify main characteristics of US academic writing Identify common types of writing assignments at HGSE Use APA formatting to cite sources/avoid plagiarism

17 Delivery Rationale Face-to-face on-campus and synchronous distance (web conferencing) not feasible Asynchronous distance (discussion boards / ) Web sites with which students could interact repeatedly during and after the workshop

18 Delivery Format iCommons course platform and associated tools Four one-week sessions (approx. 5 hours/week work for students) 40 students total, broken into three sections Three facilitators (one per section) Combination of on- and off-line activities Asynchronous communication via s and discussion board

19 Assessment Anonymous participant satisfaction survey using iCommons poll tool Debrief with facilitators Development team debrief Tracking of academic success / lack of issues re plagiarism with class list

20 Lessons Learned Build in more development time Offer workshop earlier in summer Make each session two weeks Break up sessions differently for more even workload Better recruitment / training of facilitators Incorporate completion requirements to avoid drop- out

21 Next Steps Continue to track and survey 2007 participants to gauge effectiveness Summer 2008 –Secure funding –Create new content and revise some existing content –Promotion / outreach –Recruit facilitators –Create 2008 instance of course site


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