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Teagle Hybrid Learning Project

The Teagle Foundation is committed to supporting innovation in teaching and learning in liberal arts education, while focusing on accountability and backing high quality, cost-effective programming in higher education. Lafayette College, working in collaboration with LVAIC, was awarded a three-year grant “to collaboratively design courses and sets of modules” and build a network “of ‘Digital Faculty Fellows’ who will mentor each other and generate interest among colleagues to pursue hybrid course development opportunities that enrich the academic experience, while sharing costs and using classroom and laboratory facilities more efficiently.”

Project Period: 2015 – 2018

Project Goals

Developing a set of collaborative hybrid teaching –from modules and supporting materials to full courses that are aimed at:

  1.       Improvement in achieving learning outcomes;
  2.       Promoting faculty collaboration across LVAIC;
  3.       Resource and cost savings/more efficient use of existing assets;
  4.       Improved digital literacy; and
  5.       Increased use of hybrid approaches with improved efficacy.

Partnering Institutions: Cedar Crest College; DeSales University; Lafayette College; Lehigh University; Moravian College; Muhlenberg College

Current Projects 2017-2018

Overview: Faculty from Moravian and Lehigh are developing an innovative intra-campus and inter-campus “learning-by-doing” approach for increasing student learning and engagement outcomes by incorporating an interactive asynchronous web-based simulation into their classes.

Participating Faculty:
Dr. Patrick van Esch, Assistant Professor of Management, Moravian College
Dr. Ozias A. Moore, Assistant Professor of Management, Lehigh University
Dr. James Teufel, Assistant Professor & Program Director of Public Health, Moravian College

Overview: Faculty from Moravian and Lehigh are looking to develop students’ multicultural competence across LVAIC campuses by implementing a modular based diversity awareness course that combines the necessary necessary knowledge, skills, and attitudes/beliefs needed for students to understand and navigate diverse social relationships in diverse arenas of interaction.

Participating Faculty:
Farah L. Vallera, Instructional Designer & Adjunct Professor, Lehigh University
Lizabeth Kleintop, Associate Chair of Graduate Programming & Accreditation, Moravian College
LaKeisha Thorpe, Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies & Professional Programs, Moravian College

Overview: Faculty from three LVAIC institutions are working to provide a multi-campus hybrid practical learning experience for the students. They will design projects for courses being taught and will evaluate the effectiveness of those projects in terms of impacts on students’ behavior. In addition to these projects, students will participate in a lecture series where we will invite experts from the industry to give lectures related to sustainability.

Participating Faculty:
Tahereh Alavi Hojjat, Professor of Economics, Desales University
Alberto J. Lamadrid, Assistant Prof of Economics, Lehigh University
John A. Cigliano, Professor of Biology, Cedar Crest University

Overview: Faculty from Lehigh and Cedar Crest are working to develop a set of materials available online, which integrate in-class laboratory course materials with online resources in the topic of genetics applied to neuroscience concepts, including video instruction materials. These materials could be available for adoption by participating LVAIC institutions as modules to fit within the existing laboratory course curriculum for a low barrier of entry, and could transition over time to a full inquiry-based laboratory course, with the first attempt to transfer this project to Cedar Crest College.

Participating Faculty:
Dr. Julie Miwa, Assistant Professor of Biology, Lehigh University
Dr. Audrey Ettinger, Assistant Professor and Director of the Neuroscience Program, Cedar Crest College

 

Past Projects 2016-2017

Overview: Faculty from four LVAIC institutions developed a detailed video resource around wastewater handling and treatment systems showcasing different types of facilities, their technology, and their current innovations. This video has been used in a variety of courses across the collaborating campuses.

Participating Faculty:
Dr. Joseph Colosi, Associate Professor of Biology, DeSales University
Mr. Kelly Allen, Associate Professor of English, Northampton Community College
Dr. Derick Brown, Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Lehigh University
Dr. Arthur Kney, Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Lafayette College

Overview: Faculty members from six LVAIC institutions with diverse chemistry backgrounds came together to develop an extensive library of integrated video modules on the core topics of medicinal chemistry necessary for any gateway course that can be used for “flipped” instruction, online courses, or supplemental materials.

Participating Faculty:
Dr. Michael Bertucci, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Moravian College
Dr. David Husic, Professor of Chemistry, Lafayette College
Dr. Francis Mayville, Associate Professor of Chemistry, DeSales University
Dr. Marianne Staretz, Associate Professor of Chemistry, Cedar Crest College
Dr. Sherri Young, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Muhlenberg College
Dr. Ned Heindel, Professor of Chemistry, Lehigh University

Overview: Faculty from Lehigh and Lafayette developed an online cultural exchange project where students from the two campuses interacted with one another virtually, as well as with students from China, broadening their cultural experiences and promoting their foreign language learning.

Participating Faculty:
Han Luo, Full Time Lecturer of Chinese, Lafayette College
Li Yang, Assistant Professor of Chinese, Lafayette College
Limei Shan, Professor of Practice of Chinese, Lehigh University

Overview: As part of the LVAIC collaborative minor, Documentary Story Making, faculty developed the new online course, Legal and Ethical Questions in Documentary Practice, that examines questions of how stories are represented on the screen, how documentary films represent truth, and the nature of filmmakers’ ethical obligations toward their subjects.

Participating Faculty:
Dr. Kate Ranieri, Assistant Professor of Media & Communication, Muhlenberg College
Ms. Julia Maserjian, Digital Scholarship Project Manager, Lehigh University

 

Past Projects 2015-2016

Overview
A new Research Methods course was offered by Dr. Sabrina Terrizzi at Moravian College during Fall 2015, which included both in-class and online learning modules developed in collaboration with Drs. Kaskowitz and Ruebeck.  The course was designed to prepare students for a CBLR project that will be continued in the Marketing Research classes taught by Drs. Kaskowitz and Ruebeck in Spring 2016.

Participating Faculty:
Dr. Gary Kaskowitz, Associate Professor of Management, Moravian College
Dr. Christopher Ruebeck, Associate Professor of Economics, Lafayette College
Dr. Sabrina Terrizzi, Assistant Professor of Economics, Moravian College

Overview
Dr. John Sullivan and Ms. Elizabeth Ortiz offered a cross-campus, hybrid Media Literacy and Media and Society course during Fall 2015 where students collaborated between campuses to prepare for Media Literacy Week.  The course was co-taught both online and in-person and was designed to prepare students for Dr. Brancato’s Media Industries course in Spring 2016.

Participating Faculty:
Dr. John Sullivan, Associate Professor of Media & Communication, Muhlenberg College
Dr. James Brancato, Professor of Communication, Cedar Crest College
Ms. Elizabeth Ortiz, Assistant Professor of Communication, Cedar Crest College

Overview
Faculty from four LVAIC institutions have created educational videos of laboratory instrumentation on their campuses for students and faculty from other institutions to utilize as hybrid instruction to promote research collaboration.

Participating Faculty:
Dr. Keri Colabroy, Associate Professor of Chemistry, Muhlenberg College
Dr. Sherri Young, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Muhlenberg College
Dr. Marsha Baar, Professor of Chemistry, Muhlenberg College
Dr. Steve Dunham, Associate Professor of Chemistry, Moravian College
Dr. Chris Jones, Associate Professor of Biology, Moravian College
Dr. Mark Snyder, Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering, Lehigh University

Overview
The faculty cohort created a digitized learning module outlining Student Learning Objectives (SLOs) that could be differentially embedded in courses or programs needing such instruction.

Participating Faculty:
Dr. Nancy L. King, Assistant Professor of Education, Cedar Crest College,
Dr. Judith Rance-Roney, Associate Professor of Education, DeSales University
Ms. Sally Richwine, Senior Lecturer, Muhlenberg College
Ms. Kim Rohrbach, Lecturer, Muhlenberg College

 

LVAIC Teagle Hybrid Learning Grant in the News

 

Resources for Digital Literacy

Advances in available instructional technologies have many excited about the
possibility that we may soon break free of the immutable “iron triangle” that has prevented higher education from increasing access, affordability, and quality simultaneously. But while we have seen advances in access and affordability, the 100-year history of technology use in education paints a rather bleak picture of the extent to which technology, in-and- of-itself, can lead to the kind of increases in learning outcomes that we seek. This presentation by MJ Bishop, PhD., Director, William E. Kirwan Center for Academic Innovation at University System of Maryland, traces the many lessons learned from that history and explores how changing the way we view technology’s role might finally help us achieve meaningful and sustainable change.