Through OLN’s successful multi-year Learning Communities Initiative (LCI) the Ohio Learning Network awarded professional development grants that fostered the embedding of technology into teaching and learning. Over the course of three years, 45 learning communities were established at 25 Ohio institutions through grant funds. Each community consists of about 8 to 12 members, including faculty; instructional support personnel; library professionals; K-12 educators; students; and community, national, and international partners. These communities have had a significant impact on teaching and student learning at their institutions.
Now a new network of LCI Regional Centers has been established. In this new partnership, OLN and five Regional Centers will support communities of learners as they innovate, experiment, assess, embed, and share new and effective way to use technology in teaching and learning. Regional Centers will offer grants to learning communities in their regions, disseminate information and resources, network learners across campuses and disciplines, and examine the critical relationship between technology and increased learning. All Regional Centers will provide similar services, yet each will also tailor their services and timelines to meet local needs.
As an OLN Regional Center, we are committed to:
Provide a catalyst and support a pilot framework for the on-going development of pedagogically-robust, technologically-enhanced collegiate programs, courses, modules, and learning objects.
Provide a framework for faculty in Ohio’s institutions of higher education to work together as communities, not only within their institutions, but with other institutions in Ohio, to increase faculty collaboration across disciplines and create more technologically enriched courses and learning resources.
Develop shared learning resources that are portable, scalable, and connected to student competencies. These learning resources will be available through shared state knowledge resources, such as OLN’s OhioLearns! catalog, the OLN website, or OhioLINK’s Digital Media Resource. OLN reserves the right to determine which resources will be selected as well as, in which digital resource each will be housed.
- Build a diverse cadre of faculty and learning community consultants who will work and support each other as they address current issues of teaching, learning, and advanced technologies; who will frequently disseminate information and knowledge through virtual and face-to-face state and national venues; and who will support OLN’s Learning Communities Initiative during academic year 2006-2007 by planning, facilitating and presenting individual sessions at subsequent OLN Learning Institutes.
Tsui Yi Cheah, M.A., Central Ohio Regional Center Coordinator, is an OSU doctoral student in Educational Policy & Leadership and a graduate administrative associate at Faculty & TA Development, focusing on web development. With a bachelor’s in computer engineering and master’s in communications, her interests include assessment of teaching and learning with technology, and training and development in adult education. She has previously worked with learning communities at the Faculty Professional Development Center at Kent State University.
Kathryn M. Plank, Ph.D., Faculty & TA Development Liaison, is the associate director of Faculty & TA Development and an adjunct assistant professor in the OSU School of Educational Policy & Leadership. She joined Ohio State after several years at Penn State, where she was associate director of the Center for Excellence in Learning & Teaching and an affiliate assistant professor of English. Her interests include assessment, teaching with technology, gender issues in higher education, and literature and medicine. Kathryn also maintains the department database server and oversees website development.
Renee F. Aitken, Director, Center for Instructional Technology and e-Learning, Ohio Dominican University
Beck André, eLearning Manager, TELR, The Ohio State University
Catherine M. Gynn, CIO, OSU Newark and Central Ohio Technical College
Tiffany Hampel, Electronic Resources Librarian, Franklin University
Sherry Hull, Facilitator, Academic Support Services & Education Technology Integration, Mount Carmel College of Nursing
Elene Kent, Professor, School of Management, Capital University
L. Scott Lissner, Americans with Disabilities Act Coordinator, The Ohio State University
Leslie Ortquist-Ahrens, Director, Center for Teaching and Learning, Otterbein College
Polly Owen, Dean, Career & Technical Program, Columbus State Community College
W. Michael Sherman, Vice Provost for Academic Administration, The Ohio State University
Scott E. Siddall, Affiliated Scholar, Kenyon College
Ohio Learning Network
Central Ohio Regional Center
@ The Ohio State University
in Partnership with Faculty & TA Development
260 Younkin Success Center
1640 Neil Avenue
Columbus, OH 43201
Phone: (614) 292-3644
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