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Wednesday, November 11 • 7:30pm - 7:30pm
Applying OE to Faculty Support & Program Management: The Instructor’s Workbook

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Link to template workbook:
The template workbook related to this presentation can be dowloaded via: https://unh.box.com/v/opened20-workbook. I welcome continued discussion beyond this session! Contact me at maeve.dion@unh.edu

Session Description:

Smaller institutions—or even larger institutions that may be new to open education (OE)—typically have fewer resources to support OE efforts. This Lightening Talk highlights a tool and process to help with faculty support and collaborative curriculum maintenance for OE courses and programs.

This tool—the instructor’s workbook—not only provides situational awareness and programmatic foundations, but also helps to connect remote faculty and capture ideas and experiences in a hectic and demanding environment. Presuming that all faculty are experts in a course’s subject matter, the workbook does not focus on substantive knowledge. Rather, it helps to blend practical resources, open pedagogy foundations, and experiential tips from prior teachers and students.

Emerging from the grassroots faculty development of a new OE program, our workbooks are sustained by the full-time and adjunct faculty in the program. Since Spring 2019, faculty in UNH’s online M.S. Cybersecurity Policy & Risk Management courses have utilized these workbooks and related processes. Our faculty especially value the workbook’s support with pedagogy and the learning management system, as well as the accessibility and inclusion features that encourage each instructor to add comments and suggestions for improvement.

In this Lightening Talk, Prof. Maeve Dion provides an exemplar workbook, highlights the core features, and shares how the workbooks are utilized as part of our collaborative curriculum development and course review processes.

Principles of the “open” movement can be applied not only to student learning but also to faculty support and program management, as this tool demonstrates. Whether full-time academics or full-time practitioners, our faculty’s lives are busy and complicated. The COVID-19 situation has increased the complexity: more learning is remote, and instructors are delving more deeply into the functionalities of our learning management systems/tools and the best practices for accessible learning and teaching. This workbook and program management process can support faculty and also OE course/program reviews.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Consider how open education principles can be applied to faculty support.
  • Explore how an instructor’s workbook and management process can support open practices and facilitate collaborative curriculum development/review.

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Maeve Dion

Assistant Professor of Security Studies, University of New Hampshire
My pedagogical emphases include constructivism, andragogy, collaborative learning, open education, and universal design for learning. I teach cybersecurity and homeland security at the University of New Hampshire, where I direct the online M.S. in Cybersecurity Policy and Risk Management... Read More →

Wednesday November 11, 2020 7:30pm - 7:30pm EST
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