Supported Course ReDesign (SCoRe)
SCoRe is a 12-week course redesign program that takes a team-based approach to redesigning a face-to-face course into a blended design. My contributions to SCoRe have spanned from program development to facilitation and evaluation:
- Program Development: A key member of the planning committee and contributor to the program’s curriculum design
- Facilitation: Educational Developer on an 2018 inter-disciplinary redesign team for a first-year chemistry course
- Management: Lead Facilitator of the 2019 SCoRe learning community, coordinating three redesign teams, managing the service agreement with participating faculty, and overseeing the program budget
- Program Evaluation: Co-investigator on a multi-year study investigating how SCoRe courses impact students’ engagement, approaches to learning, and metacognitive self-regulation in learning.
Leading eLearning Programming
- The eLearning Lunch n’ Learn Series, a series of lunchtime presentations and workshops for faculty on technology-enhanced teaching and learning
- Teaching with Technology Day – an annual conference style event providing hands-on workshops and talks
Advancing an eLearning Community
Much of my work serves to bring people together. The various programs and events I organize at Western ignite campus-wide discussions on educational technologies, driving collaboration, research, and community. The eLearning Lunch ‘n Learn Series, for example, promotes best practices and emerging technologies in teaching and learning. Since taking the lead on this program in 2014, I’ve coordinated 20 sessions profiling the work of 25 faculty members across 15 different disciplinary perspectives.
Advocating for Open Education
Reducing the costs of students’ course materials, increasing access to innovative resources, tapping into an academic community build on sharing and reciprocity – these, to me, are the benefits of open education. As an advocate of Open Education at Western University, I:
- Co-Chaired Western’s Open Education Working Group striking 11 recommendations for the institution in advancing open educational resources and practices across campus
- Coordinated an inaugural Open Education Day at Western in November 2017
- Created the Open Education Showcase at Western in March 2019
- Promote Western as an institutional leader on the Open Education movement to provincial counterparts
- Connect with a community of open colleagues at provincial and national levels as an eCampusOntario Open Ranger
- Model open educational practices in my own teaching
Exploring New Technologies with Faculty as Partners
When faculty seek innovation, they also look for campus champions who can support their innovation to fruition. Working with a community of interdisciplinary faculty, I have advanced the presence of ePortfolios at Western University. Together we have tested various ePortfolios platforms and have developed best practices for ePortfolio assignments, developing sharable course resources for cross-campus use. Looking forward, I will continue to coordinate and liaise with the ePortfolio community, advocating for ongoing and expanded institutional support for faculty innovation.
The following video is an example of a resource I created for the ePortfolio community. The video is intended for students – aiding them in selecting everyday digital tools for creating course-based ePortfolios. The video can be adopted or adapted by any instructor interested in supporting their students in this way: