Time to Go Big(ger): Strategies for Expanding Online Learning

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Brief Abstract

Though online learning is not new, many universities are still struggling with how to expand eLearning due to their particular faculty and administrative cultural barriers.  This workshop will present a proven change management approach to help lead a campus-wide initiative to achieve greater buy-in for the acceptance of online learning and an enterprise-level online adoption plan, using the concerns based adoption model (CBAM).  

Presenters

Dr. Victoria Brown is the Assistant Provost for eLearning at Florida Atlantic University. She oversees instructional technology, including training, supporting, and assisting faculty and staff who utilize eLearning, as well as managing the day-to-day operations at the Center for eLearning. Dr. Brown also has twenty years of experience teaching instructional technology for educators and business trainers and managed instructional design teams. She received her bachelors and masters degrees from Central Missouri State University and her doctorate from the University of West Florida.
Dr. Julie Golden serves as Associate Director of eLearning and Professional Development at the FAU Center for eLearning. Julie is responsible for leading the instructional design team in their partnerships with faculty subject matter experts for the development of online courses. Julie's passion is the establishment and facilitation of the FAU eLearning Community of Practice (CoP) which provides a foundation for ongoing faculty training and professional development. Currently, the Center for eLearning is implementing student learning virtual communities of practice (vCoPs) for fully online programs and developing formalized training for CoP facilitation.

Extended Abstract

Though online learning is not new, many universities are still struggling with how to expand eLearning due to their particular faculty and administrative cultural barriers.  This workshop will present a proven change management approach to address these issues and to help gain faculty and administration buy-in for an enterprise-level online adoption plan. The concerns based adoption model (CBAM) will be used as the basis for assessing attitudes and behavior of campus stakeholders.  We will show you how to use the results to create a highly responsive, individualized, and flexible model of online learning adoption and faculty professional development.  We will also illustrate how to lead a team of instructional designers in the implementation of a scalable, personalized, and responsive training and course development plan.

This workshop will examine the Levels of Use and Stages of Concern components of the CBAM framework as a means to determine interventions for overcoming barriers to online learning adoption. Tools and strategies for evaluation, development, and implementation of an online learning and professional development system will be shared. Participants will have opportunities for hands-on planning for change management techniques and implementation. Strategies include:

  • Slowing down to move ahead
  • Assessing current state 
  • Adoption of CBAM to manage change
  • Assessing the state of the University attitudes and behaviors about eLearning
  • Defining the gap
  • Designing interventions
  • Implementing interventions
  • Assessing effectiveness of strategies
  • Determining next steps