Open Dialogue – UMW’s Online Learning Initiative

Consider attending Open Dialogue –Online Learning Initiative to learn about UMW’s faculty development online learning initiative led by the Division of Teaching and Learning Technologies (DTLT), the Center for Teaching Excellence and Innovation (CTE&I) and the Committee on Distance and Blended Learning.

Open Dialogue panel members Drs. Marjorie Och and Melanie Szulczewski will share their experiences of developing their online courses and participating in the faculty cohort model. Jim Groom and Martha Burtis, members of Division of Teaching and Learning Technologies (DTLT) and Mary Kayler, Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence and Innovation (CTE & I) will provide an overview of UMW’s faculty-centered online learning initiative history and faculty development model. Faculty will receive $3,500 for their participation and course creation.

The Online Learning Initiative builds upon two faculty cohorts  (2011-2012, 2012-2013) engaged in a faculty development project to develop quality online or blended courses in the liberal arts and sciences tradition. The initiative is designed to be collaborative, with participants working together and learning from each other as the process unfolds. Project leaders from facilitate the process but do not prescribe outcomes, preferring to let course planning grow organically out of the conversations about liberal arts teaching and technology innovation. Faculty will receive $3,500 for their participation and course creation.

The 2013-2014 Online Learning Initiative will start with a series of summer workshops to explore what it means to teach a quality liberal arts and sciences course online. The workshops, which will be conducted like small seminars, will include conversation and response to selected readings, demonstration of various technology tools and approaches, and advice from former OLI faculty. Overall, what guides the workshops is a focus on teaching excellence in the liberal arts and sciences, and how technology can be used to explore disciplinary approaches, build creative and effective teaching environments, and offer learning opportunities that may not be possible in face-to-face classes.

Upon completion of the workshops, participants will write a planning document to guide the development and implementation of their courses. These documents will then undergo a review process, providing faculty with useful feedback and advice for improvement. At the end of the process an online/blended course with be developed, designed and taught.

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