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Much ado has been made about Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) over the past year, but little has been shared about how community colleges can make the most of them. Generally, MOOCs are considered to be classes delivered online and available to thousands of students at a time, usually for free and for no credit. They incorporate principles from several learning theories, such as large group instruction, collaborative learning, and peer-to-peer learning. However, MOOCs offered through elite universities such as edX, Udacity, and Coursera differ from typical online courses in significant ways. Most notably, MOOCs have served as a catalyst for challenging traditional lecture-based and textbook-centric instruction and revitalizing credit-by-examination efforts.
In this webinar, Judy Baker, dean of online learning at Foothill College, will discuss the nuances and unintended consequences of MOOCs. Christina Royal, associate vice president of eLearning and innovation at Cuyahoga Community College, will describe the goals and details of their project to develop a basic skills math MOOC funded by a $50,000 Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grant. Participants will leave with tips for designing a developmental education or basic skills MOOC at their institution.
Dr. Judy Baker has 25 years of work experience in higher education administrative and faculty positions. Currently, she manages the online learning and professional development programs at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, CA as the Dean of Foothill Global Access. She directed the Community College Open Textbook Collaborative project grant project that was funded by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation from 2008 – 2011 and received the 2010 WCET WOW Award.
Formerly, she served as Executive Dean of the Virtual College in the Open Campus at Florida Community College at Jacksonville (FCCJ) where she managed the delivery of online courses and the call center. From 2001 - 2004, she was Dean of Online, Library and Technology Services at San Diego Miramar College, where she was responsible for faculty development, staff supervision, and budget management in the area of innovations in instructional technologies as well as the District's award-winning distance learning program.
Dr. Baker served as a professor, graduate program coordinator, undergraduate program coordinator, interim department chair, grant director, search committee chair, grant writer, research investigator, and graduate research supervisor, in addition to teaching a variety of graduate and undergraduate health sciences courses at Texas Woman's University from 1987 - 1999. She has taught a variety of community health courses at both the graduate and undergraduate levels via online and on-campus delivery.
Dr. Baker has authored 20 peer-reviewed journal publications and conducted over 50 presentations and webinars at national and state conferences on topics pertaining to online learning, open educational resources, accessibility, and health education. She has directed and authored seven grant-funded projects totaling over $2.1 million. She earned her Ph.D. in community health from the University of Texas at Austin. She received a Master of Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of William and Mary.
Dr. Christina Royal has been involved in Education and Training for over 15 years, in both academic (community college and private four-year institutions) and corporate environments. She currently serves as the Associate Vice President, eLearning & Innovation at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C), and has district-wide oversight over one of the largest distance learning units in Northeast Ohio. Her extensive experience as an administrator, faculty member, student, and instructional designer of online and blended instruction allows her to bring significant expertise and value to discussions, and a forward-thinking approach to ideas associated with contemporary teaching and learning practices, approaches, issues, and solutions.
Dr. Royal recently secured a $2MM federal grant to enhance distance learning in four key areas: student success and retention, innovative faculty development, infrastructure and technology, and quality. She also led the College in obtaining its first regional accreditation (NCA/HLC) for fully online programs at Tri-C. Dr. Royal developed and led the College in its most comprehensive strategic planning process for distance learning. Under her leadership, Tri-C has advanced policy and program development, virtual support services, faculty professional development and training, and technology system integration and innovation in support of teaching and learning.
Prior to Tri-C, Dr. Royal was the Director of Technology-Assisted Learning for the School of Graduate and Continuing Education at Marist College, and was responsible for developing the College's inaugural undergraduate e-learning programs. Successful initiatives included developing a virtual learning community to increase online student retention, establishing web-based advising services to support recruitment efforts for online programs, and educating faculty on the pedagogical, andragogical, and cybergogical applications of online learning. Dr. Royal also collaborated on the development of an experiential online faculty training workshop, focusing on course design and facilitation of online courses.
In addition to her administrative roles, Dr. Royal has also taught in a range of disciplines (e.g., computer literacy, educational technology, business, psychology), for several audiences (e.g., K-12 educators, adult students, traditional students, corporate students, government students), in a variety of formats (e.g., fully online, web-facilitated, hybrid, accelerated).
Dr. Royal is actively involved in the We Are IT conference, geared toward young women in grades 7 through 10, who are interested in technology-related fields. Notable current industry involvement includes serving on the EDUCAUSE Advisory Committee on Teaching and Learning, as an Advisory Board Member for Marist College, and as an Academic Advisory Board Member for McGraw-Hill.
Dr. Royal has also spoken at several conferences and events on topics related to distance learning leadership, emerging technologies, strategic planning, organizational change management, instructional technology, instructional design, and educational technology.
Dr. Royal was the 2012 recipient of the United States Distance Learning award for Outstanding Leadership by an Individual in the field of Distance Learning.
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