Breakout Session

Innovating Online Course Delivery: Consolidating Five Online Courses into a Single, Integrated & Harmonized Learning Experience

Track: Learning

Breakout I
Thursday, 10:30 – 11:30 am

Abstract
Imagine you are a student, you walk into class and see not one but five teachers in front of you, each of them ready to focus on a specific discipline albeit in a truly integrated fashion. You, as a student, may find yourself preparing an excel file, utilizing algebraic equations, to produce data, which will be used to support a narrative argument on the historical significance of the Emancipation Proclamation. That is the aim of Ocean County College’s newest innovation. This new course design, completed entirely online, aims to increase: learning, retention, persistence, and engagement of the online student.

Jeffrey Harmon
Executive Director of e-Learning
Ocean County College

Bio
Jeffrey S. Harmon presently serves as the Executive Director of e-Learning at Ocean County College where he manages the operations of all distance learning initiatives, online programs, course development, recruitment, retention et al. In addition to these duties, Jeff is presently serving an interim appointment as Special Assistant to the President for Institutional Quality through which he oversees the institution’s assessment efforts. Additionally Jeff serves as the College’s Accreditation Liaison Officer for Middle States regional accreditation.

He is also an Associate Professor at Ocean County College and Associate Professor of Business at Amridge University.

Jeff currently serves as public member/vice chair on the specialized accreditation board of the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA). In his past roles, he has directed the efforts of a USDE recognized accrediting agency and served as a private educational consultant to several accrediting agencies in the areas of standards revision and outcomes assessment. While working for a for-profit he assisted over 90 institutions of higher education in their efforts at designing, implementing, and maintaining institution-wide learning outcomes assessment and institutional effectiveness systems.

He is currently a doctoral candidate at Rowan University, pursuing a degree in the area of educational leadership.  His dissertation will be in the realm of exploring innovation measurement in community colleges.