Maximizing Microcredential Courses For Student Success

Concurrent Session 6
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Brief Abstract

In a panel-style discussion, academic leaders across a diverse set of institutions will share their experiences preparing and supporting their faculty through microcredential courses addressing evidence-based teaching practices, with a particular focus on online teaching. The panelists will share how they leveraged these flexible, short online courses to efficiently scale their institutional efforts.

Presenters

Terry Di Paolo is Executive Director of Academic Affairs and Student Success at the Dallas County Community College District where he works on major strategic projects and initiatives. He moved to Texas in 2012 having spent a decade as an academic at the UK’s Open University. Terry’s career has focused on curriculum development and learning technologies. He is a specialist in online learning and teaching, distance education with special interests in institutional assessment and the implementation of major strategic projects and activity.

Extended Abstract

When COVID-19 forced colleges and universities around the world to reconsider their plans for the 2020-21 academic year, leaders committed to equipping instructors with every tool necessary to ensure their students succeed. In fact, higher education’s third pillar—teaching—is getting more attention than ever and continues to be crucial to meeting student success goals including improved engagement, retention and learning—while also creating learning environments that promote equitable outcomes.

In a panel-style discussion, academic leaders across a diverse set of institutions will share their experiences preparing and supporting their faculty through microcredential courses addressing evidence-based teaching practices, with a particular focus on online teaching. The panelists will share how they leveraged these flexible, short online courses to efficiently scale their institutional efforts. They will share early results and impact on faculty and students, lessons learned along the way––and will offer insights to attendees for applying similar approaches.