Faculty Opportunities: Digital Fellowships

Plan 2017-2018


The Office of the Provost will provide ACC full-time and adjunct faculty the opportunity to apply for Digital Fellowships for the 2017-2018 academic year. The GOAL of the program is to research and apply digital products, strategies, and/or resources to improve student learning outcomes as well as student persistence and completion.


“A growing body of evidence is demonstrating that technologies, when used effectively by faculty and student advisors, can personalize learning at unprecedented scale potentially enabling all students – not just those who are able to attend the most elite, expensive colleges – to get the best and most effective education at a reasonable price.” (https://postsecondary.gatesfoundation.org/areas-of-focus/innovation/digital-learning/)

The digital product, strategy, or tool/resource might include any of the following: Open Educational Resources (OER), adaptive learning, competency-based education (CBE), games/simulations, video/animation, distance learning, hybrid course design, etc.:

  • MATH 1314, 1332, 1342
  • BIOL 1308, 1309, 2404
  • COSC 1301, 1336
  • GOVT 2305, 2306
  • ENGL 1301, 1302
  • PHIL 1301, 2306
  • PHYS 1401
  • PSYC 2301
  • HIST 1301, 1302
  • ARTS 1303
  • ANTH 2301
  • EDUC 1300
  • SOCI 1301
  • HUMA 1301
  • ECON 2301, 2302

The fellows will then assess the impact of the digital intervention upon student learning in at least one of the Texas core objectives:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Social Responsibility

The assessments will utilize a common rubric design based on the VALUE rubrics of the American Association of Colleges and Universities. (http://www.aacu.org/value/rubrics)

Program Outcomes

  1. Adopt quality digital courseware to apply to an academic intervention
    • Research and select a digital product, strategy, or tool/resource
    • Implement the selected digital product, strategy, or tool/resource in a gateway or core course
    • Assess the impact of the digital intervention upon student learning in at least one of the Texas Core Objectives
  2. Design and deliver a faculty summer institute relative to the digital intervention and findings

Program Timeline and Format

Fall 2017 – 30 Hours

Compensation: $1,000 stipend
Research, Development and Training
Wednesday, October 11th, 2017 – 8:30 am – 10:30 am (3 hours including online)
Digital Fellows Launch and Welcome
  • Welcome - Dr. Charles Chook
  • Introduction of Digital Fellows - Dr. Susan Thomason
  • Presentation 1 - Digital Pedagogy and Student Success

    Dr. Casey Green, Founding Director, Campus Computing Project

    Casey Green is the founding director of The Campus Computing Project, the largest continuing study of the role of computing, eLearning, and information technology in American higher education. Campus Computing is widely cited by both campus officials and corporate executives as a definitive source for data, information, and insight about key information technology planning and policy issues that affect U.S. colleges and universities. In addition to his work on Campus Computing, Green also serves as the director of the new Digital Fellows Project of the Association of Chief Academic Officers (ACAO). The project is designed to provide provosts and other chief academic officers (CAOs) with critical information, effective resources, and tested strategies to help CAOs and their faculty understand and adopt high quality digital courseware. In October 2002 Green received the first EDUCAUSE Award for Leadership in Public Policy and Practice. The EDUCAUSE award cites his work in creating The Campus Computing Project and recognizes his "prominence in the arena of national and international technology agendas, and the linking of higher education to those agendas." From 1989 to 1994, Green was a senior research associate (1989-1991) and later director (1991-1994) of The James Irvine Foundation Center for Scholarly Technology at the University of Southern California. Prior to his affiliation with USC, Green held concurrent appointments from 1983-1989 as the associate director of UCLA's Higher Education Research Institute and as the associate director the American Council on Education/UCLA Cooperative Institutional Research Program (CIRP), the nation's largest and oldest empirical study of higher education. A graduate of New College (FL), Green completed his Ph.D. in higher education and public policy at UCLA.

  • Presentation 2 – Technology-Enabled Learning and Innovations

    Dr. Phil Long, Chief Innovations Officer
    Project 2021, University of Texas, Austin

    A widely respected leader in innovative technologies and techniques in education and learning at UT Austin, Phil Long joined the executive team as the Chief Innovation Officer. Long is responsible for ensuring Project 2021 maximizes the effective role of technology to help accomplish the initiative’s goals to evolve undergraduate education. Long is also a clinical professor in Educational Psychology, and in the School of Information. He provides leadership to the university’s strategy for technology-enhanced learning, including UTx, the local implementation of the edX MOOCs, the UT learning analytics initiative, and the design of learning environments. Long earned his undergraduate degree in psychobiology at the University of California at Santa Cruz, and his Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University.

  • Activities Online
  • Digital fellows will access the Blackboard site, add an introduction and share project ideas.
Friday, October 13th, 2017 – 9:00 am - 12 noon (4 hours including online)
  • Welcome and Introductions – Dr. Susan Thomason
  • Reflections on Presentations by Casey Green and Phil Long Led by Dr. Kelvin Bentley

    Dr. Kelvin Bentley has over 14 years of experience as a faculty member, online learning administrator, and a consultant. He earned his PhD from the University of Delaware in 1999 with a major area concentration in clinical psychology. He served as an assistant professor in psychology for colleges and universities. He gained valuable experience in online education when he developed his first online courses in 2001 while serving as the founding coordinator of Northwestern State University's first fully online Bachelor of Science program in Psychology. Dr. Bentley has been able to work within academia and in the for-profit sector. He has held different administrative positions overseeing online learning initiatives for different colleges and universities. In addition, he has held administrative positions with companies including Acatar and Lumen Learning as well as consultant roles with companies such as Blackboard and Eduventures.

  • An Introduction to Research Strategies - Dr. Marian Moore, Instructional Designer CYP
  • Research and Library Resources - Dr. Julie Todaro, Dean of Library Services
  • Activities Online
  • Digital Fellows will access the Blackboard site and learn about writing Effective Learning Objectives and Outcomes. Presented by Dr. Shih-Ting Lee, Instructional Designer RRC.
Friday, November 10th, 2017 – 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm (4 hours)
  • Welcome and Reflections - Dr. Kelvin Bentley
  • Introduction to Value Rubrics - Teresa Moore, Interim Director of Instructional Development
  • Overview and update on Open Education Resources - Carrie Gits, Head Librarian HLC Lumen Learning Representative
  • Sustainable Assignments and Digital Pedagogy - Dr. Rachel Barrera, Instructional Designer RGC
Activities Online
  • Digital Fellows will access the Blackboard site to share and reflect on the pros and cons of technology options
  • Digital Fellows will access the Blackboard site and learn about Project Management Strategies for application of Instructional Technologies – Mr. Virgil McCollough, Instructional Designer EVC
  • Digital Fellows will post annotated bibliography to the Blackboard Site by December 15th, 2017
Friday, December 8th, 2017 – 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm (3 hours)
Credo Education Training Session

Recognizing that the knowledge economy is rapidly changing the skills required for success in the 21st century, Credo Education is committed to helping academic institutions assess gaps in students’ core critical thinking abilities and providing effective instruction to measurably improve student outcomes and cultivate lifelong learners. Institutions often struggle with paper-based assessment processes as well as tracking and measuring student performance in key skill areas needed for college and career success. Credo Education offers assessment management solutions with workflow and reporting tools to help campuses assess, measure, track, and analyze student learning.

With the Credo Education Platform, you can:

  • Streamline assessment reporting
  • Complete comparative and longitudinal reporting
  • Gain deep insight into students’ foundational skill development
  • Simplify skills measurement for faculty and assessment leaders
Friday, December 15th, 2017 – 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm (4 hours)
  • Welcome and Reflections - Dr. Kelvin Bentley
  • Accessibility Considerations in Digital Resources - Dr. Travis Irby, Instructional Designer HYS
  • Assessment Strategies - Dr. Shih-Ting Lee, Instructional Designer RRC
  • Hands-On Activity, Kathleen Serra, Instructional Designer HLC
    1. Identify intervention outcome(s)
    2. Review technology choices
Activities Online
  • Digital Fellows will submit their final implementation plans through Blackboard by January 5th, 2018.

Spring 2018 – One Course Release or Equivalent

Compensation: 3 LEH release time for FT faculty or $4,000 stipend for adjunct faculty
Implement intervention, gather data on effect, conduct analysis of results and develop improvement plan

Monthly Reminders and Planning Guide
January 9, 2018 (Time TBD) Project and Semester Kick-Off Meeting
February Continue monitoring intervention
March Present Findings Post Findings in Blackboard Send out applications/choose Summer Institute participants *select participants for faculty institute
May 25, 2018 (1:00 – 4:00 pm) Meet to plan faculty institute and develop corresponding Blackboard site
June 18-22, 2018 (9:00 am – 12 noon) Faculty Summer Institute led by the Digital Fellows (20 hours)
Online interactions and Web Conferences will be scheduled as needed.

Summer 2018 – 30 hours

Compensation: $1,000 stipend
Presentation of Faculty Summer Institute (June, 2018)