Leveraging expert faculty presence: One course, two unique learning environments, simultaneous delivery
Armstrong, A., Barranco-Morris, M. R., Bloom, L. & Solomita, D. (2007). Leveraging expert faculty presence: One course, two unique learning environments, simultaneous delivery. In T. Bastiaens & S. Carliner (Eds.), Proceedings of E-Learn 2007: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, 1, Chesapeake, VA: AACE (Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education). Held in Quebec City, Canada. October 15-19, 2007, pp. 609-614. ISBN: 1-880094-63-0
As innovators of delivering alternative learning experiences at Teachers College, Columbia University, our goal was to leverage and scale expert Faculty presence by conducting one course simultaneously in two uniquely different learning environments. Using a traditional classroom model combined with a synchronous online, web-cast communication system our students and faculty experiences the best of both worlds. As the pilot for this challenging technological endeavor we chose “Discussion as a Way of Teaching” facilitated by distinguished professor and author, Stephen Brookfield and co-facilitator and author professor Stephen Preskill. The goals of the pilot were to establish guidelines that demonstrated the benefits and challenges associated with facilitating and managing an onsite/online delivery in a simultaneous environment. We will outline the logistical procedure, what techniques were of value for successful implementation, and conclude with factors that identified critical benchmarks required for online and onsite successful delivery.
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