EPIC News: October 2016

EPIC News October Edition 2016

EPIC Goal: Reduce online learning barriers and support student learning,
persistence, and success in online courses.

For more information about EPIC use go.waketech,
log in, then click on the EPIC link.


EPIC30 Reflects Best Practices

“Overall, the EPIC 30 courses reflect best practices in design and delivery of asynchronous, online instruction. The courses are commendable: they represent efficient and effective presentation of content; the assessment activities support the learning objectives; and the content arrangement is appropriate in terms of sequence, lesson structure. The entire design seems appropriate to the learner population of higher education faculty who are presumably sophisticated readers, making particularly efficient use of text-based presentation.”

Dr. Abbie Brown, External Reviewer of EPIC 30 Courses
Instructional Technology, East Carolina University


EPIC Quick Facts 2015–2016

EPIC Quick Facts for 2015–2016 was officially released at WTCC’s fall 2016 Convocation, and the figures show the positive impact of EPIC and the eLearning Intro on our online student population. Our student population who are enrolled in at least one online course in the semester, unduplicated, increased from 9,128 in fall 2015 to 9,460 in spring 2016.

  • Pretest pass rates dropped (over 30% in some modules) after the launch of eLearning Intro version 2.0, but module pass rates remain high (95–99%).
  • Pre-test/post-module pass rates indicate student ability to identify online learning barriers and the strategies to overcome them, and online learning skills increased after taking the modules.
  • Little to no change in registration rates indicates that eLearning Intro is not a barrier for students entering WTCC.

After taking eLearning Intro Modules…

A majority of surveyed students said:

  • Time management had been or could be a barrier to being a successful online student (60%), but many believed they could manage their time better after taking the Expectations Management module (86%).
  • The Expectation Management module helped students develop skills for communicating with their instructors (86%), and few (7%) believed that communication with instructors would be a potential barrier to success once they entered online courses.
  • Students better understood the importance of hard work, perseverance, and effort (87%).
  • Students gained Blackboard skills through the eLearning Intro Module (48%), or have used Blackboard before (17%).

For more detailed information: https://go.waketech.edu/employee/initiatives/qep/Pages/Assessment.aspx (opens in new window)

In surveys administered mid- semester during 2016SP:

  • A majority of students and faculty said students are able to use online learning skills and navigate their online courses;
  • Students and faculty agree that time management,  communication with instructors, and collaboration with peers are challenging in online courses;
  • 30% of faculty respondents noticed an improvement in student’s online skills between 2015SP and 2016SP.

In end-of-course surveys, a majority of students indicated:

  • Course expectations were communicated, and course organization allowed for navigation.  These SLOs were above assessment targets (90%) for these surveys, and improved by 1% overall in priority courses from 2015FA to 2016SP.
  • They were able to communicate with instructors (88%) and collaborate with peers (87%), but these SLOs did not meet the 90% target.  Students indicated they value prompt feedback and meaningful interactions with faculty and peers that help them feel like they are not taking online courses alone.

For more information about EPIC use go.waketech, log in, then click on the EPIC link.


Look for These EPIC Faculty Professional Development Sessions!

Building Resilience for Online Student Completion (Oct. 14th, 10:00 a.m.)

Presenters: Amanda Brooks, PhD. Co-founder, STEMbrite, LLC, Chris Carson, MBA. Co-founder, STEMbrite, LLC
This presentation introduces participants to Growth Mindset theory and how it can be used to supplement existing online courses. The Mindset program represents an interdisciplinary approach, using video-driven lessons to bring together proven psychological theory, student testimonials, faculty advice, and adult learning pedagogy to support students as they encounter challenging academic work. Why Growth Mindset theory is so important to student success will be explained, with multiple real-world examples given. Participants will engage in interactive discussions.  Importantly, participants will receive a set of Best Practices and practical strategies that they can implement immediately in their online classes.

Peer Review as a Means to Online Certification (Oct. 14th, 10:05 a.m.)

Presenters: Jessica Hatcher, Peer Review Coordinator, Nicholas D’Agata, EPIC Team Member
This presentation will cover the peer review process and the revised peer review rubric. There will also be time for attendees to ask questions about the peer review pathway.

EPIC for Supervisors (Oct. 13th, 1:40 p.m.)

Presenter: Alison Consol, EPIC Online Certification Coordinator
Information session for supervisors of curriculum faculty on the EPIC certification process, mentoring program, expectations, college policy, and future QA checks of online courses.

EPIC Mentoring Updates (Oct. 13th, 1:40 p.m.)

Presenters: Tom Rankin, EPIC Team Member, Gregg Wallace, EPIC Team Member
The session is an update to the mentoring program and contains specific information about the pilot program that begins January 2017. It also outlines the processes to become a mentor and a mentee. The mentoring program is a comprehensive structure that provides initial and ongoing support for mentors in the form of professional development and creation of a professional learning community.


Paula Rosen, Administrative Dept. Head, Office AdministrationShow Your EPIC Pride!

Attention! If you are EPIC certified and plan on attending the North Carolina Community College System Conference on October 9, 2016 through October 11, 2016, please wear your EPIC Certified Blue Polo. There will be some sessions highlighting EPIC and we want to show our support to WTCC and EPIC!


Congratulations to EPIC Certified Faculty

The following WTCC Faculty Members have recently completed their EPIC certification, either through EPIC 30 or Peer Review. Congratulations!

Robyn Arnette
Amin Asfari
Phillip Dennis
Tyler Dockery
Kimberly Eaton
Lora Eddington
Verna Edwards
Kimberly Faircloth
Fae Goodman
Sarah Keeley
Rachel King
Lisa Martin
Susanne Mistric
Billie Rand
Christopher Roddenberry
Elizabeth Smith
Julia Smith
Jessica Soto
Adam Stanley
Kimberly Taft
Patricia Taylor
John Wells
David Wilhelm
Allyson Woolard
Corey Kittrell
Michael Schore
Sharron RogersSharron Rogers holding EPIC Certificate and Polo Shirt

EPIC Certified Faculty—Please contact Alison Consol ajconsol@waketech.edu or Beverly House blhouse1@waketech.edu to receive your limited edition EPIC Certified Polo


EPIC Faculty Testimony

Natalie Aman, Instructional Program Coordinator, Supply Chain ManagementI believe the eLearning Intro is making a big impact on our students. I have noticed a significant decrease in the number of questions about Blackboard over the last two semesters.”

Natalie Aman, Instructional Program Coordinator,
Supply Chain Management


EPIC AmbassadorEPIC Ambassador Logo

If you are interested in becoming an EPIC Ambassador, please contact Patrick Williams at pbwilliams@waketech.edu for more information.


EPIC Travels Near and Far

It’s a Bird, It’s A Plane… It’s EPIC Tyler!

Tyler Dockery in Arizona wearing EPIC tshirt

Tyler Dockery, Assistant Professor in Advertising and Graphic Design, traveled to Camelback Mountain in Arizona and made sure he was EPICally prepared by taking his EPIC with him.

Please share your pics of your tote travel with us! It is exciting to see how far EPIC and eLearning travels. Send your pictures/stories to blhouse1@waketech.edu for our next edition of our EPIC newsletter.


EPIC News Behind the Scenes…

EPIC News is created by the EPIC Change Management Team: Patrick Williams (Lead), Beverly House (Editor), Julie Evans (Designer), Cynthia Neighbors (Proofreader), Danny Monroe, Kim Olds, Natalie Aman, Walter Martin, Francie Sanderson, Michael Schore, Ellen Mathis, and Julia Mielish

Have something EPIC to share? News, updates, or stories? Contact Beverly House at blhouse1@waketech.edu For more information or if you have questions concerning EPIC, please contact Carrie Bartek at cebartek@waketech.edu

EPIC News editions are archived in blog format (opens in new window) [URL: http://blogs.waketech.edu/epic/]

EPIC News: Summer 2016

EPICnews Summer2016 header with beach scene
EPIC Goal: Reduce online learning barriers and support student learning,
persistence, and success in online courses.

http://www.waketech.edu/epic

EPIC Student Testimony

“Thank you for the eLearning Intro–it covers everything to a T.”
 –Shalisa Davis, new student attending the spring 2016 Open House
Student, Salisa Davis

Using Applied Benchmarking and EPIC Training for Best Practices in Online Classes

Using Videos to Build Perseverance, Resilience and Success in Online Students

Karen Dawes, Associate Professor Sociology

Karen Dawes, Associate Professor Sociology, is putting her EPIC training and knowledge to great use: student success and retention and her 2015-2016 Benchmarking project- “Using Videos to Build Perseverance, Resilience and Success in Online Students”.

EPIC’s goal is to reduce online learning barriers and support student learning, persistence, and success in online courses. Training in Growth Mindset (opens in new window) [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pN34FNbOKXc ] mentality is one of the strategies used to achieve this goal. Karen embraces and believes in Growth Mindset and she uses this strategy to develop and create the videos for her classes. In spring 2016,  Karen created and inserted approximately 27 videos into her courses that covered Growth Mindset, Online Expectations and Time management, Instructional Videos and “how to use” Blackboard. Each video was deeply explored, created with a specific goal in mind and when it was added into the course, it was strategically placed in the course to motivate her students.

Karen stated “It has been a great pleasure feeling like I am connecting with my students using videos of me. Also, I have loved using videos from eLearning Intro to teach students about growth mindset and BB skills.”  Karen used many of the short videos from the eLearning Intro (check them out in eLearning Resource Center – Student Support > eLearning Intro videos) In addition, she placed a skills folder of the videos she thought would be good ones for students to watch again in Course Resources.

To read Karen’s entire benchmarking please log in to the WTCC portal (opens in new window) or type in https://secure.waketech.edu/eaglesnest/benchmark/search_benchmarks.php and search 2015-2016 benchmarking for Karen Dawes “Using Videos to Build Perseverance, Resilience and Success in Online Students.”


Congratulations to EPIC Certified Faculty

The following WTCC Curriculum Faculty Members have recently completed their EPIC certification, either through EPIC 30 or Peer Review… Congratulations!

Abigail Reiter
Adrianne Leinbach
Alden Berry
Allison Fox
Amy Minor
Angela Washington
Anna Sparks
Ashita Patel
Audra Kallimanis
Brandon Crews
Carla Osborne
Chris Farnung
Claire McElvaney
Dawn Harvel
Deborah Hadley
Deborah Sowell
Denise Barton
Diane Albahrawy
Eileen Sweeney
Elizabeth Roberson
Ellen Horne
Geoffrey Harris
George Cox
Gregory Johnson
Jacqueline Popp
James Harr
Janie Slaughter
Joan Romano
Julie Evans
Karen Dawes
Katherine Moore
Kathleen Worsdale
Kelly Murray
Kelly Sutton
Kim Olds
Kimberly Cornell
Laurie Brousseau
Malorie Winters
Mandy Kelly
Mark Monsky
Matthew Henry
Melanie Thomas
Micheal Chi
Michelle Capps
Natalie Aman
Natasha Trent
Patrick Fargo
Paula Rosen
Phillip Enkema
Roger Wooten
Ryan Pescosolido
Samantha Cox
Sheri Narin
Sophia Arias
Stephanie Bacik
Stephanie Grossman
Susan Engel
Susan Guerrant
Tammi Wilcox
Thomas Rankin
Tony Ruffin
Tracey Cole
Traci Rowe
Tracy Cheatham
William Strickland
 

Paula Rosen, Administrative Dept. Head, Office Administration

EPIC group in limited edition shirts

EPIC Certified Faculty—Please remember to wear your EPIC Shirts to convocation!


EPIC Stats!

Great job Wake Tech faculty! Thank you so much for embracing EPIC and moving forward with your certification process. The following statistics, as reported by June 23, 2016, show an overwhelming amount of you are already heavily involved or completed EPIC certification.

  • Peer Review Certified – 15
  • EPIC30 Certified – 26
  • EPIC30 online faculty with between 24-29 hours – 53
  • EPIC30 online faculty with between 23-18 hours – 60
  • EPIC30 online faculty with between 17-10 hours – 75
  • EPIC30 online faculty with between 9-5 hours – 56
  • EPIC30 online faculty with between 4-1 hours – 51
  • Not started – 57

EPIC Opportunities

August 12, 2016 EPIC Information Sessions for New Curriculum Faculty Attending Quick Start

  • EPIC Packets: Pick them up at the EPIC Table!

EPIC30: 9:45am-11:35am

  • Session Location: PLM 216
  • Session Description: Become familiar with the EPIC Pathway One (EPIC 30) online teaching certification process. This session will cover the QEP’s objectives, the importance and benefits of certification, and core concepts covered in the classes.

E-Learning Intro Session: 10:45am-11:35am

  • Session Location: PLM 224
  • Session Description:  Become familiar with the online education preparation process for students taking distance education courses at WTCC. This session covers the goals of EPIC, an overview of material presented in the eLearning Intro, and how this online orientation focuses on student success.

August 15, 2016 Convocation

  • EPIC Certified Curriculum Faculty, please wear your EPIC Certified polo shirt to Convocation!

EPIC Ambassador

If you are interested in becoming an EPIC Ambassador, please contact Patrick Williams at pbwilliams@waketech.edu for more information.


EPIC Travels Near and Far

Our eLearning Intro tote bags have been busy and are showing up in some pretty interesting places…

Kay Ruth and the traveling eLearning tote

Kay Ruth, Individualized Learning Center Instructor Coordinator, traveled to Seward, Alaska and made sure she was EPICally prepared by taking her eLearning tote with her.

Please share your pics of your tote travel with us! It is exciting to see how far EPIC and eLearning travels. Send your pictures/stories to blhouse1@waketech.edu for our next edition of our EPIC News.


EPIC News Behind the Scenes…

EPIC News is created by the EPIC Change Management Team: Patrick Williams (Lead), Beverly House (Editor), Julie Evans (Designer), Cynthia Neighbors (Proofreader), Danny Monroe, Kim Olds, Natalie Aman, Walter Martin, Francie Sanderson, Michael Schore, Ellen Mathis, and Julia Mielish

Have something EPIC to share? News, updates, or stories? Contact Beverly House at blhouse1@waketech.edu For more information or if you have questions concerning EPIC, please contact Carrie Bartek at cebartek@waketech.edu