The curriculum is designed to prepare the next generation of higher education leaders to support their institutions and transform their organizations to be more resilient, flexible, and relevant as they face an array of increasingly difficult challenges. To learn more about the topics, please click on the correspondent links.
The topics are:
1. Academic Technology: This module focuses on the incorporation of instructional technologies for teaching and learning. Aspects of planning, research, and implementation will be discussed. Participants will get strategies to create a culture of adoption at their institutions. Topics of this course will include (1) Building an appropriate e-learning environment, (2) Strategies and opportunities of Academic Technology, (3) Supporting Academic & Technology for innovation, (4) Working with Stakeholders, and (5) Accessibility and UD. This topic will be offered by: Mr. Francisco García, Director of the Center for Online Learning and Teaching Technology (COLTT), The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.
2. Online Learning: This module focuses on the topic of online learning, its potential, quality assurance. Participants will obtain strategies to foster its adoption, effective implementation, and growth. Develop the structure and solid bases to promote online learning in an institution. Establish dissemination and adoption strategies. Establish professional development structures and support services. Establish protocols for continuous development and evaluation based on research, best practices, and national standards. This topic will be offered by: Mr. Carlos Guevara, Director of Office of Educational Technology, Co-Director of Center for Teaching and Learning, Hostos Community College (CUNY).
3. Instructional/ Curriculum Design: This module focuses on the topic of instructional design and its impact when designing courses for face-to-face and online learning. Instructional design is paramount to ensure a successful strategy to foster the adoption of technologies. Curriculum design will address the aspects that allow for effective integration of strategies and tools when teaching with technology. Topics include: (1) The science behind the instructional design, (2) Understanding the models, (3) Evaluating e-learning effectiveness, (4) Organizing the content and the visuals, (5) Encouraging participant progress. This topic will be offered by: Dr. Juan Meléndez Alicea, Professor at the Faculty of Education, University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, and member of the Systemic
Distance Education Advisory Board.
4. Teaching and Learning: This module focuses on strategies to integrate instructional technology tools for face-to-face and online teaching and how to facilitate those conversations with faculty and staff. Topics include: (1) Models for the 21st Century (Academic Model, Student Services Model), (2) Strategies for student success, (3) Effective transition from face-to-face to online education, (4) Blended Learning, (5) Assessment and evaluation, and (6) Emerging instructional technology. This topic will be offered in Spanish by: Dr. Ana Milena Lucumi, Innovation Learning Design Manager, GEEO, and Graduated Faculty at NUC University; and in English by: Mr. Carlos Guevara, Director of Office of Educational Technology, Co-Director of Center for Teaching and Learning, Hostos Community College (CUNY).
5. Project Management: This module will focus on ideation, forecasting, planning, and project management to advance an agenda grounded in instructional technology and online learning. Using case studies, participants will receive information and strategies to navigate problem-solving and create high-performance teams while encouraging trust that leads to successful completion. This topic will be offered by: Dr. Carlos Morales, HETS Chair & founding President of TCC Connect Campus, Tarrant County College District.
6. Professional Development: This module will focus on creating a culture that fosters and values the importance of professional development for a successful educational enterprise. From needs assessment to trends and to creating a culture of quality and continuous improvement that supports change. This topic will be offered in Spanish by: Dr. Alice J. Casanova, Institutional Academic Dean of Distance Education, EDP University; and in English by: Mr. Francisco García, Director of the Center for Online Learning and Teaching Technology (COLTT), The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.
7. Data for Digital Learning: This module will focus on the utilization of data and its importance in the decision-making process. What data tell us and how it can be crucial when planning and implementing instructional technology initiatives. Strategies to develop a data-informed culture will be provided. This topic will be offered by: Mr. Javier Zavala Quiñones, Director of the Office of Planning, Institutional Studies and Accreditation, the University of Puerto Rico in Bayamón.
8. Administration & Quality: This module will focus on the important area that leads to a successful administration of educational projects. Aspects of accreditation and credentialing will be discussed. Topics include: (1) Exercise in the communication of good and bad news to a group, (2) Review of quality in Higher Education applications, (3) Discussion of Quality as defined by federal, state, professional, and Institutional accreditors, (4) Exercises in Assessment of change management or standards application, (5) Crosswalk quality and administration with the use of data and emerging trends. This topic will be offered by: Dr. Wilfredo Nieves, President Emeritus, Capital Community College.