ITC eLearning 2023, Day 3

Building a Sustainable Distance Education Quality Assurance Ecosystem at Austin Community College

Presented by Ninghua Han, Michelle Escudier, Angelo Caverte, Austin Community College

To be honest, I felt obligated to attend this session because the presenters are from my institution. But I’m glad I attended, I learned about some of the initiatives and what the Office of Distance & Alternative Education is doing. Despite efforts by few, divisions still tend to operate in silos, so I usually don’t have much info on what is happening across the institution.

The Distance Education Office has a predictable faculty professional development cycle

Synchronous – Monthly Friday Workshop pattern (1 hour each)

  • 1st week – DE Faculty Connections
  • 2nd week – Faculty/ID-led workshops
  • 3rd week – APPQMR
  • 4th week – Faculty/ID-led workshops

Asynchronous professional development cycle

  • Blackboard 1-4 courses
  • Distance Education instruction series
  • Accessibility and usability for online instructors
  • VoiceThread training
  • Etc.

One of the things that I’m interested in is the asynchronous Blackboard 1-4 courses. Since one of my teams provides support to faculty on Blackboard, is this something that my team should be involved with? Or should my team at least go through this training themselves? Thoughts to ponder…

ITC Award Winner, Outstanding Support for Faculty or Students – Training Camp: Successful Implementation of E-Faculty Coaching

Presented by Daniel Baham, Tarrant County Community College

It was interesting to hear how institutions are doing coaching. TCCD has dedicated eLearning coaches, which is something I have never heard of – this usually falls to Instructional Designers.

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