2014 Spring Collaborate Pilot Application

Application: Due by February 28, 2014

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.
Participant Expectations:

Those selected for the pilot program will be asked to:
-carefully consider the impact of using virtual meetings, in lieu of class time
-this includes defining “where” the (location)
-the “how” (one-to-many? many-to-many?)

-ensure Instructor Certification is completed:
-successful completion of CTL Collaborate training
-best practices on using the suite of tools
-successful completion of ITS technical testing
-microphones, headset, video, correct version of java

-CTL “Guide-on-the-Side” pedagogical support on meeting days (when possible)
-IT tech support on meeting days (when possible)

-document experiences in a one page write up (to be used by the CTL)
-speak to experiences at select workshops (as schedules allow)
-work with the CTL to collect feedback from students about their experience
-provide verbal feedback and suggestions for improvement to CTL and ITS
Collaborate Pilot Application
Course Information
Please outline your course, describe how you see the addition of Collaborate supporting your existing course, and provide a rationale of how these virtual meetings will support course activities.
2. How many Collaborate meetings are you proposing in your class?
Please indicate the equipment you have available for use.
Type of computer:
Operating System
Internet connection:
Please indicate the equipment you have available for use.
I have read and understand the expectations for participating in the Collaborate Pilot, and agree to participate fully.

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