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1 Building Vibrant Learning Communities: An Approach to Faculty Professional Development and ANGEL Adoption Dr. Richard Kralevich Director of Academic Technology Services Kelly McVeigh Stanley, MSIT Instructional Technology Project Manager Richard Cosgriff Instructional Technology Project Manager Mary Kate Boland Director of Curriculum & Instruction

2 2 Immaculata University Introduction Founded in 1906, Immaculata University (IU) is a Catholic liberal arts higher educational institution located in southeastern Pennsylvania. Today, IU has more than 150 full-time faculty members and approximately 3,850 full and part-time students. Three colleges comprise the university: The College of Undergraduate Studies The College of Graduate Studies The College of Life-Long Learning

3 3 Our Challenge… In 2007, Immaculata University decided to evaluate its e-learning learning platforms. In addition universitys administration also wanted to take a closer look at it e-learning offerings. What resulted, was a three part project involving the selection and implementation of a new learning management system.

4 4 The Three Part Project Our Primary Project Goals Selection: Choose our new platform Migration: Move from WebCT to ANGEL Innovation: Move from a Faculty Adoption to Course Innovation Ultimately, we wanted an LMS that would serve as a reliable platform, thus enabling IU to create Vibrant Learning Communities. SelectionMigration Innovation

5 5 Presentation Note: LMS Selection and Migration In the interest of time, we are not going to review our methods for selection or process of migration. If anyone has questions about our selection/migration plan, wed be happy to set up a time to discuss those specifics with you.

6 6 The Focus of Todays Presentation Innovation Move from a Faculty Adoption to Course Innovation. This goal featured three enabling objectives… First: Secure Faculty Adoption Second: Lay the Groundwork for Innovation Third: Partner to Build Vibrant Learning Communities

7 7 Benchmarks Key benchmarks were derived from our previous learning management system as well as new goals set by the institution. We used numbers from 2005 through 2008 as our basis for the new system. We benchmarked training against: Previous total number of faculty who participated in LMS training over the past two academic years, approximately 200 learners. Number of online and web-enhanced courses using the LMS during the 2007- 2008 Academic Year, approximately 475 courses. Number of students enrolled in the LMS for Academic Year 2007-2008, approximately 6,625 students.

8 8 Measureable Goals: LMS Adoption In order to make our measureable goals easier to quantify and track, we aligned our with our three objectives (adoption, innovation, vibrant learning) Adoption goals for the 2008-2009 Academic Year were to: House 400 active online and web-enhanced courses in the first year. That would constitute approximately 80% carry over from the previous LMS. Design, Develop, and Deliver ANGEL 101, technical LMS user training. Our goal was to train 300 full and part-time instructors in the usage ANGLE.

9 9 Measureable Goals: Innovation A couple of our high-level Innovation goals for the 2008-2009 Academic Year were to: Utilize Quality Matters Rubric to evaluate our highest volume courses web-enhanced and online courses. Our measurable goal was to review of approximately 60 courses. Design, Develop, and Deliver ANGEL 102 & 103, technical and pedagogical LMS user training. (Our goal was to train 225 full and part time instructors.) Re-evaluate our mandatory training program. Increase mandatory training from 1.5 hours to 3 hours. Create a standardized course shell/template. By creating a standardized template, faculty were able to focus more of their time on content and creativity than, navigation and structure.

10 10 Measureable Goals: Vibrant Learning Communities A couple of our high-level Vibrant Learning goals for the 2008-2009 Academic Year were to: Design, develop, and deliver a training courses on innovative training courses. Our goal, have 90% of our full time faculty participate in this training. Devise a plan by which we can deliver Just in Time pedagogical training to our users.

11 11 Strategies Chart: Meeting our Adoption Objectives Adoption StrategyLevel of EffortImpact at IU ANGEL 101 TrainingHigh Giveaway (ipods, thumb drives, gas cards)Low Intensive Summer E-Learning InstituteMedium Departmental Information SessionsHigh Endorsement of ANGLE by Senior LeadershipLow One on One Training SessionsHigh Customizing ANGELMedium ANGEL NewsletterHigh Presentations at Faculty MeetingsLow

12 12 Strategies Chart: Meeting our Innovation Objectives Innovation StrategyLevel of EffortImpact at IU ANGEL 102 & 103 TrainingHigh Course Design & Development SupportHigh Best Practices Presentations and ExamplesMedium Mentored Approach for New Online Instructors High Faculty Panel PresentationsLow

13 13 Strategies Chart: Meeting our Vibrant Learning Objectives Vibrant Learning StrategyLevel of EffortImpact at IU Immaculata formed a Vibrant Learning Workgroup, who defined what Vibrant Learning Communities at IU should look like. High Seminar: Brought in noted E-Learning Expert and author Dr. Karl Kapp to present and facilitate a half- day seminar for our faculty. Medium Workshop: Creating Vibrant Learning Communities Medium Workshop: Technology Tools for Communication (Discussion Boards, Wikis, & Blogs) High Building a Community of Interactive Learners Medium Workshop: Leveraging Multimedia Technologies (Captivate, YouTube, Vimeo, TeacherTube) High Workshop: Trends in Technology Enabled Learning Medium

14 14 Keys to Building Vibrant Learning Communities So how do we define Vibrant Learning Community? A Vibrant Learning Community is a group whose members regularly engage in sharing and learning, based on common interests. Vibrant Learning Communities… o Communicate effectively o Connect learners, educators, and content in a dynamic web of inquiry o Employ techniques and tools that help build a growing sense of purpose o Create cohesion across university o Enhance the academic focus and create opportunities for learning beyond specific course objectives o Are critical for achieving campus vitality and ongoing academic inquiry.

15 15 Building Vibrant Learning Communities, January 2009 Dr. Karl M. Kapp, author of Gadgets, Games and Gizmos for Learning and professor of instructional technology at Bloomsburg University was invited to present the keynote address. Full-time faculty was invited to participate in one of four break-out sessions. Reaction to this workshop was so enthusiastic, that the Dean of the College of LifeLong Learning invited the team to present a modified version of the workshop to 65 adjunct instructors. As a direct result of this presentation 10% of those in attendance requested new ANGEL accounts and training. Response was overwhelmingly positive. One instructor wrote, I thought that your enthusiasm about the endless use of technology in the classroom was key in your presentation. You made me want to venture out and try some new things!

16 16 Keys to Building Vibrant Learning Communities Why Create Learning Communities? They create a friendly and open atmosphere among students and faculty and facilitate learning. They expand learning and interactions beyond the classroom. They make for happier, better adjusted students which aid retention and helps with recruiting. Makes for happier and more engaged alumni who welcome the chance to be a part of the community even after they graduate. Creates fun, enthusiastic learners and is fun for the faculty member as well.

17 17 Tips to Building Vibrant Learning Communities Tip One: Learning Communities start in the classroom. Begin with a policy of including each student in discussions. Create small groups and allow frequent student-to-student interactions. Create reverse mentoring by teaming up different students with each other for projects. Use a problem-based learning approach to pull students together. Idea of learner generated content.

18 18 Tips to Building Vibrant Learning Communities Tip Two: A Renewed Emphasis on Collaborative Learning Fostering a technology enabled community of learners Educators as facilitators of information and masters of dynamic technology, not as encyclopedias of knowledge. Leverage technologies that take students on educational journeys beyond the chalkboard.

19 19 Tips to Building Vibrant Learning Communities Tip Three: Leverage Technology This changes everything! Collect, manage, and cite your research using Zotero Mobile Live Video Sharing for Everyone, Qik Learn French, Italian, and Spanish with Babbel Edit photos online at Socially network using Scour, Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn GeoTag those friends using GeoBeats, and GeoIQ.

20 20 Tips to Building Vibrant Learning Communities Tip Four: Tip Three: Extend the Classroom Experience Web 2.0 tools are being used everywhere and can be create foundations for a learning community. Wikis Twitter You should even encourage students to create "YouTube moments" to extend the classroom and build a community.YouTube Stream audio anytime, anywhere - Pandora Podcasts by the thousands

21 21 Results Projected generation of approximately $4 million in revenue from online courses for the school year 2008 – 2009. Support the offering of approximately 550 web-enhanced and online courses, involving almost 4,680 students and generating about 14,040 credit hours for school 2008 – 2009. This exceeds our first far exceeded our first year goal. Enabled ATS to produce and maintain high-quality teaching and learning environments. Aided in the research and design of additional online courses and programs. Maximized the capabilities of the universitys learning management system.

22 22 Results Enable over 350 faculty and staff to learn and implement a state-of- the-art learning management system including: Implementing the eLearning Institute to provide staff development and support and to move interested faculty from adoption of technology to innovation. To date over 50% of the full-time faculty have been trained in course management software use, and more than 25% of active adjuncts, resulting in 25% of full-time faculty teaching either Web- based or online classes. This exceeded our benchmarked goals Conducting over 160 one-on-one sessions designed to help individual users with applications such as WebCT, Contribute, Photoshop, PowerPoint, ANGEL, and Web 2.0 technologies while avoiding over $100,000 in training expenses.

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