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As the cost of education continues to increase and the availability of new and innovative technology tools expands online teaching and learning opportunities, keeping up with and increasing faculty skill sets proves challenging. Moreover, institutions are experiencing tighter budgets, making opportunities for professional development more difficult to fund.
This webinar will focus on how to collect, correlate, and use data to expand faculty capacity and assess outcomes. During this webinar, participants will learn how the University of the District of Columbia initiated an effort to provide professional development opportunities to faculty across three levels: track participation and outcomes, target specific training to faculty based upon skills, and move faculty along a continuum toward being certified to teach online. The presentation will also disclose how a simple correlation was used to map trained faculty and their online offerings to student outcomes and increased success.
Dr. Suzan Harkness represents the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) as one of the most strategic clients in Blackboard’s portfolio of Mid- Atlantic institutions. Dr. Harkness is an active participant in many executive-level events due to her commitment and dedication to making online learning a success at UDC. Her advice and thought leadership are consistently sought after by many of her peers, sometimes those more senior, within the global network. Through her robust training efforts, attention to data analytics and strategic vision, faculty use of technology tools and online instruction has risen over the course of four years. Several more faculty are considered “power users,” and educating faculty on the key features and functionalities that ultimately impact student outcomes is a key focus for Dr. Harkness and her team. Harkness has been teaching online for nearly two decades and has always had an innovative spirit and vision. In 2005, Dr. Harkness became one of only a handful of academics worldwide to use podcasting to flip the classroom. You will not be disappointed in what you will learn during this webinar by such a dynamic and visionary leader.
Dr. Suzan Harkness is currently Special Assistant to the President at The University of the District of Columbia and most recently was an ACE Fellow at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland. Prior to her Fellowship, Harkness was Assistant Dean and Director of the Center for Academic Technology at the University of the District of Columbia, Washington, DC. In this role, Dr. Harkness was responsible for managing and directing the Center for Academic Technology and Online Learning initiatives at the university. This included system administration of teaching and learning platforms and instructional technology, faculty professional development, research, and strategic planning in the area of online and distance education.
Harkness earned her Ph.D. in political science (public policy) from the University of Hawaii (Manoa) in 2000, certificates in Leadership and Intercultural Curriculum Development from the East-West Center (Honolulu, Hawaii); Higher Education Management from the Peabody School, Vanderbilt University; and Experiential Education, from Northeastern University and the National Society of Experiential Education. Her MA degree was received from U.S. International University (San Diego) and her BS from the University of Wisconsin (La Crosse).
Dr. Harkness’ research and publications are in the scholarship of teaching and learning, instructional technology, experiential education, and political behavior. She presents research at national and international conferences, consults nationally and internationally, and conducts professional development symposiums. Dr. Harkness’ leadership has won accolades and international recognition. She was awarded the Quality Matters “Making a Difference for Students” Award (2011) and a Blackboard Platinum Catalyst Award for Staff Development (2012).
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