Technologist Module: A Capstone Reflection
Mel Young recently posted her Technologist Module: A Capstone Reflection, I recommend you check it out. The long and short is that when offering workshops for faculty, you might have a lot of preregistration but lower attendance than expected. I know I experienced this while working as an Ed Developer in a CTL. The question is, how do we increase access for instructors to attend PD events? Mel found some solutions for her context, but I couldn’t help but reflect on a presentation by the folks from the CTL at Grand Canyon University when I attended the Teaching Professor Conference (2016?). It took them several years to build up their program, but to this day I still think it’s a great model. In their institution, there is required training that all instructors must attend, so that required the Ed Developers to really focus on access. Basically what they came up with were multiple modalities for instructors to pick from for each course offering. Face-to-face, online (facilitated), online (self-paced), you name it they have it. The outcomes for each delivery mode were the same, but it was the instructors that got to choose how they took each course. In my limited capacity I tried to work towards that as well, beginning with the Blended Learning Series which was offered face-to-face but all the materials were openly available.
“Multi-access learning is different than blended learning because it places the student at the center of the learning experience…enabling student choice in terms of the combination of course delivery methods through which the learning environment is accessed…” (Irvine, V., Codes, J., Richards, L., 2013. Figure 1: Tiers of the Multi-Access Framework, CC-BY-NC-SA 3.0)