Open to change following the pandemic and remote teaching? If so, what now?
Concurrent Session 3
In this session, we will introduce a change model for post-remote instruction in online and blended education. This session will invite participants to apply ideas and concepts from the session to implement at their local institution, with opportunities to follow-up at a future OLC conference.
As a result of two years of responding to a global pandemic, all who work in online education are more accustomed than ever to dealing with constant change. We have seen an increase in the number of faculty and academic programs with which we are working, and some disciplines that formerly eschewed online teaching and learning are now open to considering what online learning might mean for them post-remote instruction. However, responding to changing circumstances is not quite the same thing as taking the initiative to lead change at the individual and organizational level. Deliberately leading change can have a clarifying effect in institutional contexts where “reacting” predominates. In this session, we will introduce a change model for post-remote instruction in online and blended education. Existing change management models will be reviewed briefly and contrasted with the proposed new model (i.e., “Collect the CHANGE” model). An emphasis will be placed upon applicability in field-specific areas such as faculty development, course design/development, technical support, program development, etc.
Session participants will be invited to participate at a personal level in applying the new model within a community of practice following the session. Colleagues will be invited to contribute to a future OLC conference session in which we share insights gained from this collective implementation of the new change model.
This session will be community-building and collaborative in tone. While the facilitators will present their ideas in the context of existing literature, participants will be encouraged to reflect, discuss, and apply during the session in an active learning approach along with having the opportunity to engage in the proposed community of practice beyond the session. Participants need not be in roles of positional leadership in order to benefit from applying the “Collect the CHANGE” model.
- Change Management
- The need for a new model for our field at this time
- Brief review of existing change management models
- Poll participants as to person experience with models
- Participants share pros/cons of existing models
- Introducing the “Collect the CHANGE” Model
- Long-term impact of small iterative actions
- The CHANGE heuristic
- Examples of the CHANGE heuristic in practice
- Hands-on application activity for participants with new model
- Community of Practice
- Introduce the opportunity to participate in a post-session community
- Online tools for participation
- Expectation of participation level
- Facilitator commitment to compile and share insights with participants
- Invitation to contribute to a future OLC conference session as a follow-up to today’s session
- Participant discussion
- Hands-on opportunity to enroll in online community if desired