Breaking Out to Develop Creative Sustainable Online Programs

Concurrent Session 8
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Brief Abstract

A task force charged with guiding online program planning and professional development needs your help. In this gamified session, participants will play Breakout EDU to brainstorm possible solutions. The goal of the session will be to “breakout” of conventional ways to think about online programs and discover innovative sustainable solutions.


Dr. David A. Wicks is an Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction and Chair of the Digital Education Leadership program in the School of Education at Seattle Pacific University. Dr. Wicks has served within the educational technology community in numerous positions throughout his career including high school technology teacher, university computer science lecturer, school district technology facilitator, multimedia author and project manager for an educational technology company, and director of instructional technology for SPU. Dr. Wicks’ research interests include electronic portfolios, online and blended learning, learning spaces, and computer-supported collaborative learning. He is particularly interested in exploring how student engagement and achievement can be enhanced in digital learning environments.
Julie Antilla, PhD, works with certificated teachers as they prepare for their principal or program administration certification. In addition to her graduate teaching position, Dr. Antilla serves as the PI for an innovation grant focusing on neurodiversity on the college campus, as co-PI for an NSF grant focusing on STEM teacher preparation, and as the faculty adviser for an undergraduate service club.
Dr. Shea is a counseling psychologist whose research focuses on issues related to cultural/school adjustment and mental health of Asian and Latinx immigrants, college students' help-seeking behaviors, and women's subjective experience and psychological health. She has developed and evaluated several school- or community-based prevention and intervention programs, including bullying prevention for Asian and Latinx school-aged children; a cognitive-behavioral guided self-help program for Latinas with eating disorders; and a peer-led, strengths-based support program for college-going mothers. These projects were supported by internal and extramural funding from multiple sources, including the National Institutes of Health and the American Psychological Association.

Extended Abstract

A task force comprised of five professors representing different departments in a school of education came together to develop a sustainable plan for flexible learning as part of an initiative to improve fully online and blended degree programs and courses. The task force is charged with answering questions proposed by the dean to help guide future program planning and professional development. In this gamified session, participants will play Breakout EDU and help brainstorm answers to the dean’s questions. The goal of the session will be to “breakout” of conventional ways to think about program improvement and find creative, sustainable, promising practices that benefit online students, faculty, and programs. The dean’s questions will be revealed during the game.

During the session, attendees will compete on one of four teams, sharing insights and expertise that answer the dean’s questions. Innovative, sustainable, and research-based answers, as judged by the task force, will release clues that help teams unlock their breakout box. Members of the first team to “break out” will receive a prize. Ultimately, everyone wins as the session will end with a time of sharing. After the session, the task force will analyze responses and share a summary of participant recommendations with the conference community through social media and email.