Thursday, March 10, 2011

Dan Greenstein, Vice Provost for UCOP, via skype

Talking about: 1. Online Instruction Pilot Program, 2. Proposals for new funding streams from UCOP

1. Can we deliver a UC undergrad quality education online? This is framed as a pilot to assess critical issues that have to do w/ online instruction. Aim is 2.5 year program, to build courses & teach to undergrads. Request to faculty for participation to submit proposals for courses- received 80. 30 were selected by selection panel. Team of 30 faculty that were selected met for 2 days in Berkeley, talking about all issues that have to do w/ the pilot of online instruction. Have Tech. Learning Design team, Evaluation Team. Moving forward into a detailed design phase. Next steps to work w/ faculty in a sense that works w/ them to develop proposals for their courses. Plan is to hand these proposals to a production team. Hope to have courses up & running as early as Fall Term. Do not yet have funding. Have enough now to get through May, optimistic they will receive more funding to get beyond May.

- Questions:
- Lisa (UCLA)- LAUC documents about library involvement in this process- where does this document stand?
- Greenstein (DG): Over the next few months, faculty will begin working w/ instructional designers to map out their courses, this is when they will start to look perhaps at library involvement. Some have a few fixed idea of what they want to do, others don't. Wide range of experience & ability represented. As faculty work with instructional designers & think about activities they want to include, DG hopes they will include libraries in this process.
- Michael Yonezawa mentioned information literacy components to include in online instruction
- DG replied he hopes they will be looking at how best to incorporate this.
-Are these projects going to be publicly posted so LAUC can be proactive in contacting faculty- for direct follow up?
- Yes, they will be accessible on the website.

2. - DG: Different funding model adopted. Before, Indirect Cost Recovery & Grants came to UCOP and was redistributed to campuses. Now, all funds generated by campuses will stay at the campuses. Will be moving to implement this soon. By 2012-2013, hoping systems will be in place to move to this model. At individual campuses, the libraries need to be much more proactive that we communicate to administration the role of the library so that we can have an opportunity to receive some of this funding. Increasingly, this will become a very local topic, specific to the funding model at each campus.

Question- how will the assessment of the online instruction programs work? This is being managed by Director of Multi-Campus Research (at UCSB). Two Main Assessment components: 1. look at program as a whole, the extent to which it is successful in achieving its goals. 2. comparable questions will be asked about each course- how well the students do, what are the costs, workload, etc. to be able to do a comparable analysis of the courses.

- Also will have a "bottom up" analysis. How well did the learning activities that were selected achieve the learning objectives that the instructtor developed for the course? Controlled experiments- e.g. if course is offered twice, one synchronous instruction & one asynchronous- which model was more effective?

Question- how will students be selected for the pilot program courses? Aim is that these courses will become part of the curriculum. Cross-campus instruction is challenging. Small number of these courses are designed for this model. Challenges: advertising, getting course listed, etc. DG hoping pilot will enable lowering of barriers that exist around cross campus instruction.

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