Both Dan Feinberg and Dr. Kaye Shelton spoke extensively about developing quality standards for online learning at the 2017 Technology Spring Institute, during their speeches at this year’s annual event.
North Lake College President Dr. Christa Slejko, whose campus hosted the conference, kicked things off before introducing DCCCD Chancellor Dr. Joe May.
“As we think about [technology in] education, I think we’re really at a profound point in history,” Dr. May said.
The conference hosted 24 breakout sessions. All seven DCCCD colleges and the LeCroy Center had a faculty or staff member host at least one session during the conference. Tarrant County College was also represented in one of the morning sessions.
There were about 150 faculty and staff in attendance. Members of the North Texas Community College Consortium (NTCCC) and representatives from Tarrant County College, Paris Junior College-Greenville and Kilgore College were also invited.
Dan Feinberg, a Senior Instructional Designer for the Open SUNY Center for Online Teaching Excellence (COTE) was the first keynote of the day. Dan was instrumental in the development of the Open SUNY Course Quality Review (OSCQR) rubric.
The goal of OSCQR is to “support continuous improvements to the quality and accessibility of online courses.”
“What we do in Open SUNY is we support the work of individual campuses. We spend a lot of time trying to identify best practices and take them to scale and one of the things we try to do is encourage this course refresh process where we focus on continuous improvement.
During OSCQR’s development, many factors were taken into consideration, including feedback from faculty and flexibility," Dan said.
Dr. Kaye Shelton, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership and Director of the Center for Doctoral Studies in the College of Education at Lamar University, began her keynote speech in the middle of the day after the first two rounds of interactive breakout sessions.
Among the topics Kaye spoke about was the need for good communication, both internally and externally, and institutional support.
Touching on what Dan spoke about earlier in the day, Kaye reinforced the need for there to be an emphasis on continuous improvement within institutional support.
“The [Quality] Scorecard lists nine different indicators that we need to be focusing on from an institutional level. The institution needs to provide resources,” Kaye said. “There needs to be a way to have a clear decision-making process in place. Decisions don’t need to be made in a vacuum.”
We want to thank everyone at North Lake for helping us put on another successful Technology Institute!