Berkeley College Graduate Studies Newsletter

June 2017

Berkeley Faculty Present at Quality Matters Conference

Berkeley Quality Matters

(L to R) Patricia Cowan, English, School of Liberal Arts; Chris W. Grevesen, PhD, Dean, School of Graduate Studies; Charles Lamont Eddins, Instructional Designer, Online Faculty Support Team; and Julie Hunter, Online Research and Instruction Librarian, all of Berkeley College, presented “Strategies for Embedding Academic Support Resources in Online Courses,” during the Quality Matters Regional Conference in April 2017.

Representatives of 75 institutions from 24 states, including Washington, D.C., and four countries attended the Regional Conference of Quality Matters held at Berkeley College in Midtown Manhattan on April 20 and 21, 2017. Leaders from the field of higher education gathered to discuss how to ensure quality standards in online education courses and programs, as well as how to meet the requirements of accreditation. 

“We must communicate the quality story. Let’s share the best practices – that is, moving the needle of learners’ success,” said A. Ellie Fogarty, EdD, Vice President, Middle States Commission on Higher Education, during her keynote presentation.

Participants enrolled in more than 30 workshops and discussions during the conference. Berkeley College faculty and academic support professionals in instructional design and library services presented at four of the sessions.

Chris W. Grevesen, PhD, Dean, School of Graduate Studies; Patricia Cowan, English, School of Liberal Arts; Julie Hunter, Online Research and Instruction Librarian; and Charles Lamont Eddins, Instructional Designer, Online Faculty Support Team, all of Berkeley College, presented “Strategies for Embedding Academic Support Resources in Online Courses.”

The presenters shared insights and perspectives in the process of preparing a seven-week practicum course for students enrolled in the online MBA in Management program. The online practicum allows graduate students to work one-on-one with faculty members to link theories to workplace scenarios.

“The more the faculty member shows the value of interacting with academic support services, the more likely the student is to participate and use the service,” Ms. Hunter said. “If a grade is assigned to its use, the students also tend to use the academic support services more.”

In addition to making the resources easily accessible and bringing a variety of access points to students’ attention regularly, Ms. Hunter and Ms. Cowan run weeklong discussion boards. The idea is to have each of the support professionals develop a relationship that is as reliable, trustworthy and productive as each student’s relationship with the faculty member.

Other Berkeley College presentations were made by Barbara Monaghan, Associate Chair, Online, School of Liberal Arts, and Roseann Torsiello, EdD, Chair, Online, School of Liberal Arts, who presented “Align to Design.”

Richard Olivieri, JD, Justice Studies, School of Professional Studies, and Hyun Song Kim, PhD, Instructional Designer, Online Faculty Support Team, presented their research on “Instructors’ Perceptions of Active Learning in College Online Courses.”

Finally, Jarrod Cecere, Senior Instructional Designer, presented “Elective Objectives: Developing Videos that Describe Alignment and Facilitate Ease of Use.”