Breakout Session

FacLab 2.0: Bringing Faculty Development to the Next Level at Drew University

Track:  Engaging Students & Faculty

Friday, November 30th, 8:20am – 9:15am

The Instructional Technology Services Faculty Lab at Drew University has completely redesigned our workshop offerings for summer 2012. Some of the highlighted workshops are: Prezi, Wikispaces, Moodle (Basic, Intermediate and Advanced), Devices and Apps (in preparation for a new iPad loaner program for teaching and learning as well as for personally-owned decive use), and Going Green with Web 2.0 technology (among others, this will include using Glogster to create ePosters). By using Moodle as the LMS for these workshops, further Moodle practice will be built-in while at the same time providing documentation for the new technologies.

 

Gamin Bartle
Director of Instructional Services
Drew University

Bio / Expertise
Gamin Bartle, Ph.D., is Director of Instructional Technology Serivces and ITS Manager of Faculty Development at Drew University. Before coming to Drew she taught German and managed Language Resource Centers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Tuscaloosa. Currently, Gamin is working toward a Graduate Certificate in Training and Educational Technology in the Educational Technology Leadership program at George Washington University.

 

Nicole Pinto
Instructional Technology Specialist
Drew University

Bio / Expertise
Nicole Pinto, M.A., is Instructional Technology Specialist in ITS at Drew University. She holds a Masters in Instructional Technology from East Stroudsburg University. Even though Nicole has only held this position for a few months, she has accomplished a great deal, including being the innovative force behind these new FacLab 2.0 workshops.

 

Presentation Content:

Summary Statement: We will present a variety of faculty development workshops that serve to familiarize Drew University faculty with current trends in instructional technology that best fit their teaching needs.

Description of activity, project, or solution:  FacLab 2.0 is closely tied in with the theme for NJEDge  9.0, Humanizing Technology. As we work with Emerging Technologies in faculty development, our focus is on meeting each faculty member where she or is he and fostering individualized interaction with technology for teaching and learning. Our work touches on virtually everything listed in this segment of the conference description:

Course management is delivered online, hybrid, and sage on stage.  Best practices in learning and innovation, policy, Web 2.0, assessment, research, social media all need human interaction with a medium.  The learning community is organic because individuals use technology.

The co-presenters work each day to bring people to the right technologies for their teaching purposes, making sure that solid pedagogy is always in the foreground. As a result, the Faculty Lab at Drew University is  where mediation between individuals and technology is conducted.

The Faculty Lab at Drew has focused on Moodle since full implementation in the Fall of 2008. This has been very successful, in recent semesters approximately 35% of courses taught at Drew use Moodle. We continue to be and will remain fully involved with supporting and advocating for Moodle as the core of our instructional technology offerings. The Moodle track of FacLab 2.0 consists of newly-introduced Basics, Intermediate and Advanced workshops. These are a result of excellent materials developed by Drew’s previous Instructional Technology Specialist which have been finalized by the current position-holder.

In the Fall of 2011, the Faculty Lab sent out a survey to find out how faculty feel about current services and to gauge interest in potential new offerings. The response rate was high, approximately 45% of faculty responded. Based on specific results in the areas of which existing and new technologies faculty expressed interest in, we reinvigorated  faculty development with a new line-up of workshops. In the Spring of 2012, there was a staffing change in the Faculty Lab. Our new Instructional Technologist, Nicole Pinto, joined Gamin Bartle (Director of Instructional Technology Services and Manager of Faculty Development in ITS) and brought with her a fresh perspective in planning and designing the workshops.

The FacLab also changed the format of  faculty development workshops from past years. In the past, a week-long intensive workshop, Computers in the Curriculum, was the basis for faculty development. Participants came for the full week to learn and work on long-term projects, which were developed further over the following academic year and presented at a spring showcase. As times and technologies have changed, the week-long workshop seemed out of date, and so shorter, more focused two hour workshops will be implemented for FacLab 2.0. These will be generally divided into about one hour of presentation, most often by a Faculty Lab staff person (Nicole or Gamin), but also a few times via web-conference with an expert at another institution. The second hour will focus on hands-on implementation of the technology presented in the first half, so that faculty can leave with the satisfaction of having something to work from as they look toward their next courses. For the Fall semester, we anticipate holding one-hour workshops to accommodate for busier faculty work schedules.

Some of the highlighted workshops that we are offering out faculty are: Prezi, Wikispaces, Moodle (Basic, Intermediate and Advanced), devices and Going Green with Web 2.0 technology. Prezi is a more creative way to demonstrate slide presentations. It allows you to creatively group together related items. The tools in Prezi allow the user to focus on one object at a time using motion to float in-between objects. Wikispaces is a Web 2.0 technology that allows you to create materials for your course and collaborate with your class live.  “Going Green” consists of several web applications that as an alternative to using paper and includes Glogster for ePosters and Moodle paperless assignments. A full description of FacLab 2.0 can be found at http://www.drew.edu/its/faculty-lab/faclab-2-0-workshops

We are confident that these workshops will be successful because they are based on faculty feedback from the comprehensive survey from Fall 2011, as well as careful planning and design since that survey in time for Summer 2012 implementation.  FacLab 2.0 is just beginning, with four workshops completed at the time of this proposal.

Outcome:  FacLab 2.0 workshops are still too new to have a great deal of evidence to show outcomes and achievements. At the time of the proposal deadline, four workshops have been held, all of them with excellent ratings by participant. The early successes are that both the newer topic, Prezi, as well as a revamped Moodle Basics workshop resonated with Drew faculty and everyone was enthusiastic about both. While there are not a large number of participants in each workshop, we don’t see this at all as a failure, since small groups allow for more attention from the instructor to each individual.

By the time of the NJEdge conference in November, FacLab 2.0 will have much more information, both anecdotal and quantitative,  and should our proposal be accepted, this will be included in the presentation. We certainly hope to have plenty of successes and only a few failures, as well as many lessons learned to talk about with conference participants.

Importance or relevance to other institutions:  FacLab 2.0 is relevant to other institutions who are interested in adding to their own faculty development offerings. We hope to open dialogues with colleagues at other institutions, and perhaps even coordinate web-conference presentations for workshops between different colleges and universities in New Jersey.

Since Drew has a long-standing and self-hosted instance of Moodle 1.9x, we also hope to build on the New Jersey Moodle community by sharing information on our newly revamped Moodle workshops.

 

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