Spitz Wins eLearning Award for Affordable Online Music Technology Courses


Bruce Spitz

Congratulations to Bruce Spitz, Professor of Music Technology at Shoreline Community College, for winning this year’s Leadership and Innovation in eLearning Award for his series of three online Music Technology courses on pop and commercial music theory.  The award is given annually to a Washington community and technical college recipient by the statewide eLearning Council.

Spitz was nominated because his courses are innovative in how they motivate eLearning students to learn.  Online audio quizzes are given daily and students can retake them to improve mastery in recognizing musical chords.  Instructional videos help students learn how to compose and arrange music.  Spitz created the class content himself, including writing and recording his own music, which saves students money. Students do not have to purchase commercially-available music or a textbook to take the class.



Quality Certification for Online Course in Business Administration Program

Congratulations to Jerry Baker, a Business Administration faculty member.  His online course, BUS 142 Sourcing and Supplier Relations Fundamentals, now is Quality Matters certified!  BUS 142 is one of the core courses students take when pursuing a certificate or degree in Purchasing and Supply Chain Management, which is an area of concentration under Business Administration.  The Purchasing program is offered completely online and this is the second core course in that program to receive Quality Matters recognition.



Online Courses Receive National Quality Recognition

Quality Matters logoShoreline Community College is commited to excellence in online learning and it shows!  We subscribe to a national program called Quality Matters that certifies the quality of online courses.  Many of our faculty have studied Quality Matters in faculty learning communities and some have completed enough Quality Matters training to become peer and master reviewers of online courses.

We are excited to announce that nine of our online courses have gone through this peer review process successfully and now carry the Quality Matters certificate of approval and are listed on the Virtual College site, as well as the national Quality Matters website.

Congratuations to those faculty:  Emma Agosta, Jerry Baker, David Bristow, Stephanie Diemel, Jeffrey Kashiwa, Doug Reid, and Donna Wilde.

If you are interested in getting involved in this effort, please contact elearning@shoreline.edu .

Interview in Recruiting & Retaining Adult Learners

Classes that Blend the Best of Online and In-Person Learning

Online learning is being infused more and more into traditional classes at Shoreline Community College (SCC).  We call those classes “hybrids”; hybrid classes have increased in popularity dramatically in the last few quarters at SCC. Hybrid classes combine online learning with in-person (face-to-face) learning and, when designed well, are able to pull the best from both worlds.

More and more SCC faculty members have become adept at using a “flipped” model for their hybrid classes where face-to-face time is *not* used to deliver a traditional lecture, but rather the lecture is pre-recorded and posted online.  Students watch the video lecture online on their own and then come to the face-to-face sessions to ask questions, engage in discussion, and/or participate in hands-on practice.  It’s no surprise, then, that SCC is a leader in the use of Tegrity, a statewide lecture-capture system.

One of our Science faculty members, Stephanie Diemel, recently presented on the flipped classroom model as part of a statewide webinar. Click here to view the recording and press the play button at the bottom of the screen (Stephanie comes on around time stamp 13:35).  Stephanie also has shared her slides from the presentation: Falling Up for Webinar Feb 2014.  Check them out!  They themselves are well designed as Stephanie follows Garr Reynolds‘ principles of presentation design.  Kudos to Stephanie!

Increasing Access to Education: How Well Are We Doing?

One of the main principles guiding Shoreline Community College‘s Virtual College Initiative is accessibility, namely increasing meaningful, easy access to education for more students, wherever they are geographically. Fully online classes and hybrid classes — those that combine online learning with some face-to-face interactions — are a primary vehicle for increasing access to education.

How well is Shoreline doing in increasing access to education?  One way to assess how well we are doing is to compare ourselves to other colleges. Our Washington state system of 34 community and technical colleges makes that easy because it tracks the number of full-time equivalent students (FTEs) in eLearning classes system-wide.  The most current academic year report is for 2012-13 and shows that online FTEs went down 2.7% system-wide in 2012-13 compared to the prior year (see page 24).  Shoreline Community College’s online FTEs, however, went up 8% during that same time period.  That increase might have to do with the fact that we launched our Virtual College programs that fall – in the fall of 2012.

How are we doing now? The latest statewide numbers just came out for last quarter.  (They have not been published to the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges website yet, so I am attaching the piece of the report on eLearning here: 2013-14 SBCTC Enrollment Monitoring ReportseLearningOnly.)  For fall 2013, the Washington community and technical college system as a whole served 7% more eLearning (online and hybrid) students as compared to the prior fall quarter.  Shoreline Community College served 11% more online and hybrid students during that same time period.

Shoreline Community College continues to serve more eLearning students than the statewide average, which tells me that we are on the right track.