Otterbein continues to experiment with ways to explore and support blended learning on campus. A popular method for conducting blended and online classes consists of the use synchronous, online, virtual classroom tools and strong instructional design principles. The Nursing Department has a seat license for Collaborate (formerly called Elluminate and Wimba) and has agreed to limited use outside the Department.
The Center for Teaching and Learning has devised a faculty pilot program to introduce and actively support between 8 and 12 Collaborate moderators, on a per semester basis. In this phased approach to introducing a successful virtual classroom experience, the CTL is accepting submissions for a pilot program, where faculty can learn and demonstrate how the use of Collaborate will enhance the overall student experience.