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Title: Academic Efficiency Through Online Communities


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Academic EfficiencyThrough Online Communities
Phil MossOklahoma State Regents for Higher
Education
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Needed for Collaboration
  • Technical Infrastructure
  • Administrative Infrastructure
  • Faculty Development
  • Learning Resources

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Technology 2000
  • Recommendation 10
  • The State Regents should use its Quality
    Incentive Grant Program for collaborative
    initiatives aimed at content development.

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MERLOT is OK
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OK is MERLOT
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OK is (in) MERLOT
  • Chancellor Hans Brisch
  • President of SHEEO, 1999-2000
  • APQC Benchmarking Study
  • Member of MERLOTs 1st Advisory Board

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Fast Forward to 2003
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Chancellor Paul G. Risser
  • Native Oklahoman
  • Strong faculty background
  • Former university president, researcher, provost

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Oklahoma State Regents for
Higher Education
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Email from the New Chancellor
The premise is that by working together, faculty
from our institutions in specific topical areas
can provide higher-quality learning experiences
in more cost-effective ways. Moreover, this
academic collaboration can be accomplished
without diminishing academic freedom or losing
the individualistic creative ingenuity that is
the hallmark of outstanding colleges and
universities. The product of this work would
be a toolkit of teaching processes/materials for
voluntary use in specific topical areas that can
be used by faculty across Oklahoma colleges and
universities.
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Concluding ObservationThe intention of the
project to achieve uniformly high-quality ecology
teaching at all of our universitiesnot to teach
to the lowest common denominator. With time and
resources saved by pooling ideas and approaches,
faculty would free up time for other uses, such
as spending more time with students, developing
new teaching material, conducting research or
providing public service.
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Some Initial Advisory Council Reactions
  • Council on Instruction
  • Do we have to?
  • Not if it takes away from us
  • Faculty Advisory Committee
  • Dont call it efficiency
  • Council of Presidents
  • Dont call it efficiency
  • Go beyond course materials to courses/programs

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The 2-Pronged Plan
  • A specialized, low-enrollment discipline not
    currently identified as a MERLOT community
  • Ecology
  • A general, high-enrollment discipline established
    as a MERLOT community
  • Mathematics
  • Convene an assembly with campus representatives

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MERLOT Services
  • Faculty development
  • Facilitation
  • Collaborative Tool
  • Customized Services

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My Testimony
  • "MERLOT...is a unique organization, approaching
    common issues and challenges in ways no others
    do. MERLOT extends our reach and resources by
    partnering with other systems, organizations, and
    agencies. I don't think we could accomplish
    nearly as much if we tried to do these things by
    ourselves."

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QUESTIONS COMMENTS?
  • Phil Moss
  • Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
  • Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education
  • (405) 225-9150
  • pmoss_at_osrhe.edu
  • 164.58.250.122 (video)
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