Effective Collaboration for Comprehensive Curriculum Change and Reform in Online Teaching and Learning

Concurrent Session 2

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Brief Abstract

 Curriculum change or reform is a continuous process driven by multiple factors, which includes addressing student needs, using current practices and resources, and methods of instructional delivery.  A collaborative approach is key to effective management of curriculum change to support a diverse population of learners.  Educators can no longer afford to work in isolation to ensure students receive an authentic comprehensive learning experience and meet the student learning outcomes.  Collaborating to ignite change calls for developing a sense of community and connectedness (Oliver, 2008).  This interactive education session will focus on sharing collaboration processes, strategies, and tools for curriculum change in online learning.  Attendees can bring laptops, smart phones, or tablets to participate in active polling and practice strategies covered in this session.  Three critical aspects of curriculum change will be covered:  (1) Addressing student needs (2) Changing to stay current (3) Instructional delivery.

Presenters

Dr. Imani Akin works in higher education supporting dissertation candidates and dissertation chairs.
Stephanie Burch-Bynum is a doctoral instructional faculty member in the Department of Leadership at the American College of Education, Indianapolis, IN. She also serves on the Teacher Education Editorial Board for MERLOT.

Extended Abstract

Curriculum change is ongoing and based on multiple factors, including using current resources and addressing student needs. Curriculum change can include the means and methods of instructional delivery. A collaborative approach is key to curriculum designs, which supports a diverse population of learners. Educators can no longer afford to work in isolation to ensure students receive an authentic comprehensive learning experience to meet student-learning outcomes. Collaborating to ignite change calls for developing a sense of community and connectedness (Oliver, 2008).

This interactive education session will focus on sharing collaboration processes, strategies and tools for curriculum change in online learning. The session will include research as well as recent data collected from online instructors regarding best practices used for collaboration. Three critical aspects of curriculum change will be covered:(1) Addressing student needs (2) Changing to stay current (3) Instructional delivery

Attendees can bring laptops to participate in active polling and practice strategies covered in this session.

A roundtable discussion, between groups, will take place after a brief presentation. The participants will discuss 5 guiding questions regarding the success and challenges of addressing student needs, how the curriculum has changed or needs to change in order to keep pace with the needs of 21st century learners, and innovations in instructional delivery.  Use of technology will include posting responses online to build an asynchronous resource containing best practices for collaboratively addressing student needs, maintaining a current curriculum, and innovative methods of instructional delivery.

Reference

Oliver, S. L. (2008). Comprehensive curriculum reform as a collaborative effort of faculty and administrators in a higher education institution: A case study based on grounded theory. Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/275726629?accountid=458