Beginning July 1, UNC System faculty have access to open educational resources, texts, videos, slides, course plans, curriculum maps, teaching guides, assignments, assessments, and more to enrich the quality of their online offerings across ten high-demand courses: Introductory Financial Accounting, Anatomy & Physiology 1, General Biology, Calculus 1, Chemistry 1, Chemistry 2, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Organic Chemistry 1, and Introductory Statistics.
To get a feel for what disciplinary experts have included in these open, curated, disciplinary-specific teaching resources, OR TO USE THEM NOW IN YOUR OWN COURSE PLANNING, access the portal page here: https://myapps.northcarolina.edu/digitallearning/unc-course-assets/
Over the past five weeks more than 70 UNC System faculty members, librarians, and instructional designers have worked to locate, curate, and organize extensive sets of rigorous digital instructional resources. Working as part of ten distinct cross-institutional course teams, the groups have developed course collections that are designed to complement and enhance existing introductory course plans. The aim of this initiative is to provide faculty members across the UNC System with expanded resources to support hybrid and online instruction. Each collection of curated resources may be adopted in whole or in part to supplement an instructor’s existing course plans and materials. The resources are not intended as a stand-alone course, but rather to supplement existing course plans.
Access the portal page here: https://myapps.northcarolina.edu/digitallearning/unc-course-assets/
UNC System Digital Learning Webinar
May 22, 2020, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Phone: (646) 558-8656 ID: 943 706 306
11:00 AM – 11:10 AM
Welcome and Overview
James Garner Ptaszynski, Ph.D.
Vice President, Digital Learning
UNC System Office
11:10 AM – 11:30 AM
GUIDING FACULTY INTO REMOTE TEACHING AND OPERATING IN THE “NEWISH” NORM
Director, Curriculum and Innovation
Kenan-Flagler Business School
UNC Chapel Hill
In this session, Jennifer Cutts will share Kenan-Flagler Business School’s experiences in transitioning to virtual teaching in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Jennifer will highlight a workshop strategy that was implemented to expedite faculty orientation to teaching in Zoom as well as faculty feedback on what worked well, challenges, and what could still be improved. Additionally, she will share the many lessons learned that will be applied to the Summer and Fall terms to enhance faculty and student experiences in the “newish” norm. Finally, Jennifer will share the business school’s efforts to create digital content in a virtual working environment and how they are partnering with faculty to prepare for a variety of possible teaching scenarios in the fall.
Jennifer Cutts is the director of Curriculum and Innovation for UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School. Jennifer specializes in faculty community, curriculum development, and the creation of an innovative, centralized center for excellence that serves multiple degree programs and focuses on digital presence in learning environments and promoting communities of learning for faculty. Jennifer has over 20 years of online learning and higher education experience. She has been a leader with two top distance education consulting companies, Bisk Education and Embanet-Compass Knowledge Group (now Pearson-Embanet). Jennifer is a doctoral student in the Leadership and Learning in Organizations Ed.D. program at Vanderbilt University and holds an MBA from Regis University and a Bachelor’s in Communications from the University of South Florida.
11:30 AM – 11:50 AM
Connecting the Dots: Leveraging Connectivism to Support Competency Based Learning
This session will explore how connectivism, connective teaching methods, and data-driven decision-making support learners in achieving proficiency in industry related competencies through personalized adaptive learning. Speakers will offer tangible tools and innovative strategies for educators to bridge the divide between connectivism theory and competency-focused skills development. The UNCW team will discuss how this educational model enables learners to chart a personalized course toward competency attainment by leveraging divergent, diverse, and distinctive experiences while acquiring professional skills, knowledge, networks, and certifications.
Sheri Conklin, Ed.D.
Dr. Sheri Conklin has extensive experience in online course design and best practices for online delivery. As a former instructional designer, she focused on professional development for faculty and staff teaching online. She has also engaged in multiple research projects to contribute to the growing body of knowledge surrounding online course design and delivery. Sheri has been teaching online for more than 12 years and focuses on problem-based learning, applied learning, and integrating community-based service learning in the online course environment. Her research interests include online course design, instructor social presence, service learning, and cooperative learning.
Eric L. Richardson, Ph.D., MPH, MBA, PHR, SHRM-CP, CHHR, ACHE
Program Coordinator, Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA)
Assistant Professor, School of Health and Applied Human Sciences
Dr. Eric L. Richardson brings to UNCW extraordinary experience with market analyses, program/course design, and implementation of new academic programs and specializations. He has documented proficiency delivering results related to applied learning, accreditation initiatives, and regulatory analyses. He is a 2018 Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) Fellow and a higher education leader with more than 14 years’ experience teaching and developing curriculum for traditional and online learning environments focused on applied learning. His research interests focus on healthcare, job satisfaction, turnover, retention, and commitment.
Nikki Strawn, M.S.
Nikki Strawn is a public educator with more than 12 years’ experience in teaching and designing instruction for traditional and online learning. Her focus areas in online teaching include faculty professional development, Universal Design for Learning, gamification, interactive video, authentic assessments, and online student engagement strategies. Nikki is a certified Quality Matters Peer Reviewer and a member of the Online Learning Consortium. Using her knowledge and skills of technology tools combined with her learner-centered and systematic approach to instructional design, Nikki brings engaging course design and quality online teaching methods to enhance student learning outcomes and learner satisfaction.
Questions Comments and Suggestions?
Questions related to the monthly webinar? Want to suggest or present on a topic during a future webinar? If so, please email the UNC digital learning team at DLI@northcarolina.edu.
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We would like to share the current plans for the relaunch of the UNC Online Proctoring website and scheduling system. We have a high degree of confidence that everything will be in place to execute this plan successfully, with very few external dependencies. As always, if for some reason this plan does have to change, we will immediately reach out to all affected parties.
The UNC Online Website will reopen on May 11th.
Due to the pandemic, the following additional conditions will be in place:
- Instructors will be able to schedule exam windows for the course(s)/section(s) that they are teaching for all Summer sessions, with the exception of courses offered during a “Maymester” term.
- In order to ensure the availability of adequate proctoring services staffing from our vendor (Examity), all exam windows will be required to start after May 31st.
- Due to the continued closure of all on-site (face to face) proctoring options, students who are required by their instructors to utilize UNC Online Proctoring will each have to personally pay for their exam proctoring appointments, at the rate of $11 for the first exam hour, and $6 per hour for each additional hour. This cost should be conveyed to students in course syllabi and during the course registration process. (As always, accommodations for extra time as determined by SDS/DSS learning disability assessments will not incur an extra cost to students for their additional exam time.)
- The online proctoring vendor, as has always been the case, is not capable of proctoring paper-based (or online + paper) exams, so those exam types will not be allowed until there are in-person proctors once again available to all of our students.
Aside from these four additional conditions, all other UNC Online Proctoring business rules and procedures will be in place, and will be conducted in accordance with the existing UNC Online MoU. All proctoring using the Examity service will be ‘human’ proctoring, with live proctors connecting to each student’s computer to administer and observe the exam.
Additionally, we are continuing to work on multiple contingency plans and possible proctoring options for the Fall term. As those plans are crafted, we will reach out with more detail; we have nothing significant to share at this time.
Thank you for your accommodation and support. As always, we are happy to make the UNC Online team available to you to help your teams meet their proctoring needs, and to answer any questions you may have.
This Friday, at 11:00 a.m. – Noon, I am changing our normal monthly Digital Learning Webinar agenda, usually focused on innovation, to a focus on the impact of our online response to the Coronavirus. Here is the Zoom url, https://mcnc.zoom.us/j/943706306 and phone number, (646) 558-8656, ID 943 706 306.
I have invited a few members of the critical communities across the university (Faculty Development Centers, Faculty Assembly, Distance Learning Directors, Faculty Fellows) to be on the webinar and provide their perspective on:
- Adjusting\coping to moving online so quickly
- Identification of any major issues that have been observed (impediments)
- What might we do to make the rest of this semester a little better for faculty and students
- What do we need to start thinking about to prepare for Summer and Fall semesters
If you have other questions you would like the panel to address, please email them to me (email@example.com) prior to this Friday’s webinar or, enter them into the chat during the webinar.
Our panelists include:
Eli Collins-Brown, Ed.D.
Director, Coulter Faculty Commons
Western Carolina University
Timothy J. Ives, Pharm.D., M.P.H., FCCP, CPP
Professor, UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy
Vice Chair, Faculty Assembly
Heather McCullough, Ph.D.
Associate Director, Center for Teaching and Learning
Anne Ogg, Ed.S.
Center for Teaching and Learning, UNC Asheville
Ellen Pearson, Ph.D.
Professor of History, UNC Asheville
System Office Faculty Fellow
Katherine Saul, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, NCSU
System Office Faculty Fellow
Bethany V. Smith, M.S.
Associate Director, Instructional Technology Training
Distance Education and Learning Technology Applications (DELTA), NCSU
Benjamin Powell, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship, Appalachian State University
System Office Faculty Fellow
Tom Van Gilder, M.S.
Director of Learning Technology Services, Center for Academic Excellence
Appalachian State University
Wanda White, Ed.D.
Director, Center for Innovative and Transformative Instruction
Winston- Salem State University
Jeremy Dickerson, Ed.D.
Associate Vice Chancellor for Distance Education and E-Learning
Associate Professor of Educational Technology
I look forward to this important discussion on Friday at 11:00 a.m. and I hope you will be a part of it.
James Garner Ptaszynski, Ph.D.