Summer Opportunities for Faculty 2017

As you prepare to make your summer plans, please consider two professional development opportunities. This summer, Instructional Services is hosting 2 Faculty Institutes that will provide timely information and training. Applications for these Institutes will be open through 5 pm on Friday, May 5th. Faculty will be informed of selection by 3 pm on Monday, May 8th.

Faculty will receive compensation and professional development credit. Contact an Instructional Designer on your campus if you have questions.

Faculty Institute 1

Online Course Redesign Academy (OCRA) - Pilot

The Online Course Redesign Academy is an in-depth professional development event that will provide the context, dialogue, and support to faculty in the design and development of online/hybrid courses. Phase one of the OCRA initiative will focus on re/designing online courses using Quality Matters standards as the foundation. It involves participants (faculty) working in close collaboration with instructional designers. Phase two, development phase, will involve full course development in Blackboard, working with a designer or developer.

OCRA seeks to:

  • Promote departmental collaboration
  • Provide for cohesive program-wide alignment of goals and objectives
  • Promote cost effective course development by leveraging common course practices, templates and technology
  • Promote the incorporation of Quality Matters standards into the design and development of all courses


By the end of the academy, Faculty will be able to:

  1. Apply the QM Rubric in the design and review of online courses.
  2. Apply the concept of alignment to online/hybrid courses to insure that assessments and instructional materials are varied and supportive of the learning objectives or competencies.
  3. Develop courses that are accessible and usable for all learners.


Training: June 12 -16 @ HBC and Highland Campus (HLC)

  • Monday, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm (lunch will be provided)
  • Tuesday, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Wednesday, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Thursday, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Friday, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Development: June 19 - July 31 (6 weeks)


Faculty will receive a $1000 stipend for participation in the academy. Payments will be made in two installments as follows:

  • Training - $500 (20 hours)
  • Course Development based on Quality Matters standards - $500 (40 hours in 6 weeks)

Up to 10 faculty members will be selected to participate.

Additional offerings will be available in the 2017-2018 academic year.

You can apply for the Online Course Redesign Academy at the following link:

Faculty Institute 2

Student Engagement in Real-World Solutions: Developing Sustainable (Non-Disposable) Assignments

Join us for this Summer Faculty Institute where we will explore the development of sustainable assignments. This faculty institute builds on the topics of Open Educational Resources (OER) and contextualized learning and student engagement.

Where some traditional classroom assignments have no life beyond a course, sustainable assignments provide a body of work that is meaningful for the student through contextualization, and has use beyond the classroom and perhaps around the world – Instructors and students share and see value in completing and grading the assignments. David Wiley, co-founder of Lumen Learning and evangelist for the OER movement, indicates that non-disposable assignments (what we are calling sustainable assignments) can be used not only to teach a skill, but also build relationships, provide clarity for the student, invite engagement and encourage innovative adaptations to real world problems. (Wiley, David; “What is Open Pedagogy?”)

In contrast, disposable assignments are assignments that students spend time completing and faculty spend time grading, are discarded after the grade is awarded or the course ends. Wiley refers to disposable assignments as, “…assignments that students complain about doing and faculty complain about grading – after a student spends three hours creating it, a teacher spends 30 minutes grading it, and then the student throws it away.” (Hendricks, Christina; “Renewable Assignments: Student Work Adding Value to the World”.)

Featured Presenter

The opening session of this Institute will be led by Robin DeRosa, a professor of an Interdisciplinary Studies program at Plymouth State University (part of the University of New Hampshire) in which students customize their own majors, combining coursework from across all of the academic departments in the institution. She has developed an innovative curriculum for the program that combines connected learning techniques with open pedagogical practices, and her students learn in and contribute back to the public communities that inform and benefit from their work. Robin works with faculty, librarians, and technologists from a wide variety of colleges and universities to help them explore ways to empower learners and increase public access to education and research. She partners with non-profit EdTech start-ups to support new tools for open teaching and learning, and she serves as an editor at the open-access journal, Hybrid Pedagogy. You can read more about Robin at her website.


Participants will define, research, and develop at least one sustainable assignment during the Institute.


Monday, July 10 – Friday, July 14, 2017 from 9:00 am – 12:00 noon plus online work

Location: RRC 3338


Faculty will receive a $500 stipend following the Institute after attendance and assignment criteria have been met.

  1. Participate in 20 hours of face-to-face and online activities.
  2. Work in collaboration with colleagues on assignment development.
  3. Share at least one sustainable assignment example developed during this Institute.

30 Faculty members will be selected to participate in this Institute.

You can apply for Sustainable Assignments Faculty Institute at the following link: