Focus on the Continuous Improvement Process: Blended Faculty Development in Adapting and Authoring Open Content in the Affordable Course Transformation

Concurrent Session 3

Brief Abstract

Learn about the planning, execution, evaluation, and the continuous improvement process of the Affordable Course Transformation, a blended faculty development program on adaption and authoring of open education resources.

Additional Authors

Julie Lang serves as the OER Coordinator within Teaching and Learning with Technology at Penn State University. Julie began her career in higher education at Penn State in 2003 with University Libraries. She moved on to work as an Instructional Designer at Penn State World Campus and from 2006-2014 served as the lead designer for online programs including the MS in Children Literature, MS in Project Management, and several BS degree programs. In 2014 she accepted an instructional design position with the newly founded initiative, Campus Collaborative Programs, an effort supporting both Teaching and Learning with Technology and Commonwealth Campus Shared Academic Programs. 2016 brought the opportunity to move into the role of Open Educational Resource Coordinator. Julie moved into the role of OER Coordinator in December 2016 and greatly enjoys partnering with faculty across the commonwealth to advance the adoption, adaption, and authoring of open content to benefit students at Penn State and beyond. Julie received degrees from Penn State University in Education as well as a Master of Science in Instructional Technology from Bloomsburg University. Her professional interests include faculty development in adopting, adapting, and authoring open educational resources, content sharing best practices and strategies, and the advancement of Universal Design for Learning through the use of open content.

Extended Abstract

Our university has been providing an opportunity for faculty at all campus locations to participate in a blended faculty development program called the Affordable Course Transformation. This provost funded initiative is currently in it’s second offering and the support team is ready to share the valuable lessons learned with others regarding the logistics and best practices of designing, developing, delivering and evaluating a hybrid faculty professional development program for faculty who are adapting and authoring open resources for use by students across the state.

During the session we will engage the audience in polls and discussions regarding the planning, execution, evaluation, and improvement process of a hybrid faculty development program that is based heavily on faculty feedback. We will talk about the tools that we have used for project management, communication, evaluation, and the technology that faculty are using to create and deliver open educational resources to their students.

At the end of the session we will discuss the modifications that we have made for Round Three based on the faculty evaluations and our own experiences and observations in Rounds One and Round Two.

  • At the conclusion of our session Participants will be able to:
    • Identify the history and rationale of the Faculty Development Program
    • Explain how a Canvas Master Course is used for project management and communication
    • Identify the features and functions that makes Pressbooks a versatile and intuitive open resource authoring tool available for faculty authors
    • Describe how evaluation has served as the driver for the improvement process in revising the execution of a hybrid professional development program on adapting and authoring open educational resources

Session participants will be provided with faculty development materials from the program shared in an online Pressbook.