Title

The Online Competencies Curriculum - Leveraging Blended Learning in the Liberal Arts

Streaming Media

Submission Type

Panel Discussion

Abstract

This session will provide an overview of the Online Competencies Curriculum (OCC) project, including planning, piloting, implementation, and assessment while sharing “lessons learned” from a multi-institutional collaboration on a digital learning project. The OCC is a three-year Teagle Foundation funded project to develop a set of modules in three emerging and evolving competency areas (Information Fluency, Communication and Presentation Skills, and Technological Adaptability). These are part of essential competencies articulated in AAC&U’s Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP) learning outcomes, as well as the Lumina Foundation’s Degree Qualifications Profile 2.0 (DQP). The modules are meant to be applicable across multiple courses and disciplines, helping students make connections between courses as well as give them skills that will help them beyond their degree.

One of the key takeaways we will also share is the shift in our perspective of how the modules could be of use in a broader context. Instead of being stand alone learning objects that students completed to gain a competency, they have also been very helpful in providing instructors and students with baseline knowledge to build on in the identified areas. They help both instructors and students identify what students already know and scaffold from there. Other unintended consequences we learned were that the modules can be used as a way to introduce students to concepts of data collection within an institution and elsewhere.

Session

Panel

Location

Thomas 110

Start Date

5-18-2017 1:30 PM

End Date

5-18-2017 2:50 PM

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May 18th, 1:30 PM May 18th, 2:50 PM

The Online Competencies Curriculum - Leveraging Blended Learning in the Liberal Arts

Thomas 110

This session will provide an overview of the Online Competencies Curriculum (OCC) project, including planning, piloting, implementation, and assessment while sharing “lessons learned” from a multi-institutional collaboration on a digital learning project. The OCC is a three-year Teagle Foundation funded project to develop a set of modules in three emerging and evolving competency areas (Information Fluency, Communication and Presentation Skills, and Technological Adaptability). These are part of essential competencies articulated in AAC&U’s Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP) learning outcomes, as well as the Lumina Foundation’s Degree Qualifications Profile 2.0 (DQP). The modules are meant to be applicable across multiple courses and disciplines, helping students make connections between courses as well as give them skills that will help them beyond their degree.

One of the key takeaways we will also share is the shift in our perspective of how the modules could be of use in a broader context. Instead of being stand alone learning objects that students completed to gain a competency, they have also been very helpful in providing instructors and students with baseline knowledge to build on in the identified areas. They help both instructors and students identify what students already know and scaffold from there. Other unintended consequences we learned were that the modules can be used as a way to introduce students to concepts of data collection within an institution and elsewhere.