One of the goals of our Strategic Learning Technology Consulting (SLTC) service is to share best practices and approaches to curricular transformation with local, regional national audiences. In an attempt to further disseminate our methods and techniques, our team members, Blaire Bundy and Ron Cramer, recently led an interactive conference session at Online Learning Consortium (OLC) Innovate: Education Reimagined on the topic “You Work in it!?: How Academic Technologists can Lead Curricular Transformation.”
Institutions seeking 21st century curricular transformation require the strategic placement of highly skilled leaders that can navigate complex environments and help organizations be successful. Rapid change is the norm and universities must respond to the demands of a competitive, global higher education marketplace while producing students capable of succeeding in such an environment.
The session addressed how DoIT Academic Technology has re-envisioned the roles and the abilities of our experienced academic technologists to work with senior campus academic partners and co-lead large-scale curricular changes. Blaire and Ron discussed the skills and acumen Senior Learning Technology Consultants need to be successful in these efforts. Presentation slides are available here.
“These curriculum teams need an expert who not only understands curriculum redesign processes,” says Ron Cramer, Senior Strategic Consultant for the Wisconsin School of Business, “but that can provide expertise and fluency in leading large-scale curricular change efforts; change that often involves social, political, technical, pedagogical, and cultural adjustments.”
Brian McNurlen, Assistant Director of Learning Technology and Distance Education, also presented at the national conference in New Orleans that ran April 5-7, 2017. Joining Heather Haseley from Northwestern University and Tara Koger from The Ohio State University, Brian’s session “Fostering Faculty Innovation Communities” was part of Challenging Barriers to Innovation track. Each of the panelists shared their experiences in starting, incentivizing and expanding faculty development programs and educational innovation communities.
“Attending national conferences allows us to hear about challenges, strategies and successes at our peer institutions, but also gives us an opportunity to reflect upon our own successes,” Brian notes. “On this panel, I highlighted our Faculty Engagement programs including Blend@UW and the REACH initiative.”
To read about other presentations and publications from the DoIT AT team, check out Our People page.