Title

The Texas Learning Consortium: Striving for Consistency in the Blended Learning Environment

Submission Type

Poster

Abstract

Now in its fifth year, the Texas Learning Consortium continues to strive for consistency as this partnership between Schreiner University, Concordia University, Lubbock Christian University, Texas Lutheran University, and Texas Wesleyan University expands its course offerings. Students at these universities have had the opportunity to enroll in courses in German, French, Mandarin Chinese, Portuguese, Spanish, Engineering, Philosophy, and Political Science in a blended-learning “real-time” environment through high-definition video conferencing labs with assigned faculty and proctor support. The consortium is a collaborative pilot program spearheaded by the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE), a non-profit whose purpose is to help liberal arts colleges and universities integrate teaching methods and technology to enrich undergraduate education and strengthen liberal arts tradition. Recently, in an effort to determine if outcomes and goals were being measured consistently from campus to campus, the TLC worked with the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) Research Center for Digital Learning & Leadership. This poster session will highlight those findings, touching specifically upon problem areas which may arise in these types of on-line partnerships, and include an in-depth document analysis of current syllabi, definition and gauging of student engagement, an evaluation of the effectiveness of the learning outcomes surrounding student engagement, and a plan to measure student engagement across the courses.

Session

Poster

Location

Thomas Great Hall

Start Date

5-17-2017 5:45 PM

End Date

5-17-2017 7:30 PM

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May 17th, 5:45 PM May 17th, 7:30 PM

The Texas Learning Consortium: Striving for Consistency in the Blended Learning Environment

Thomas Great Hall

Now in its fifth year, the Texas Learning Consortium continues to strive for consistency as this partnership between Schreiner University, Concordia University, Lubbock Christian University, Texas Lutheran University, and Texas Wesleyan University expands its course offerings. Students at these universities have had the opportunity to enroll in courses in German, French, Mandarin Chinese, Portuguese, Spanish, Engineering, Philosophy, and Political Science in a blended-learning “real-time” environment through high-definition video conferencing labs with assigned faculty and proctor support. The consortium is a collaborative pilot program spearheaded by the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE), a non-profit whose purpose is to help liberal arts colleges and universities integrate teaching methods and technology to enrich undergraduate education and strengthen liberal arts tradition. Recently, in an effort to determine if outcomes and goals were being measured consistently from campus to campus, the TLC worked with the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) Research Center for Digital Learning & Leadership. This poster session will highlight those findings, touching specifically upon problem areas which may arise in these types of on-line partnerships, and include an in-depth document analysis of current syllabi, definition and gauging of student engagement, an evaluation of the effectiveness of the learning outcomes surrounding student engagement, and a plan to measure student engagement across the courses.