Over this past summer, the University made a strategic decision to no longer outsource the hosting and management of its two online programs (1) RN/BSN Completion Program offered by the College of Nursing and (2) School Administration Program offered by the College of Education. With the decision to separate from Academic Partnerships (AP), The Office of Instructional Technology led the transitions of course materials from AP’s EPIC system to the University’s Blackboard System. This transition included working directly with faculty from both colleges to adjust all course materials to Blackboard’s format. To ensure the course instructors were prepared to teach in Blackboard, OIT spent the greater part of the fall semester creating an online training course that guided the instructors through Blackboard.
In January, OIT launched the next Digital Learning Faculty Certificate Program, funded by the Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs. Its mission is to promote effective course design and pedagogical innovation. We encourage faculty who are considering designing or re-designing an online, hybrid, or technology-enhanced course to participate.
Dr. Meg Rincker, Assistant Professor of Political Science, taught POL 433 EXL, International Organization: Model United Nations. This course centers on the activities of the United Nations and the modalities of international diplomacy. The course provides students with practical experience as a student-diplomat and prepares them to participate as a distinguished diplomat at the American Model United Nations (AMUN) conference in Chicago.
Over the next two Brown Bag seminars, join us for a two part series on Experiential Learning and Digital Storytelling.
On February 19th, Dr. Meg Rincker, Assistant Professor of Political Science will share her story on how Experiential Learning and Digital Storytelling has enhanced the learning experience for her students enrolled in POL 433 EXL – International Organization: Model United Nations.