2014 POD Network Organizational Development Institute

THE EVOLUTION OF A MOVEMENT: Orchestrating a Campus-Wide Learning-Centered Course Redesign Project

Monday January 21, 2013 8:00am

From Declining by Degrees to Academically Adrift, everywhere we turn the call for reform in higher education has been loud and clear. One of the most wicked problems confronting administrators seems to be a demand for faculty development which inspires faculty to alter their methods in order to optimize student success and achievement of learning outcomes, while also promoting student responsibility. Increasing evidence suggests a shift toward a learning-centered paradigm as an appropriate solution. Using our experience orchestrating a campus-wide learning-centered course redesign, we combine critical components of the leadership, course-redesign, and learning-centered literature to demonstrate how academic leaders can effect change, as well as create a receptive environment in which the seeds for transformation can take root.

Participants will discuss Kotter’s (1996) 8-stage leading change model to create a plan for orchestrating a progressive change movement on their own campus as well as strategies provided in the leadership literature by Blount (2012), Brady & Woodward (2005), and Collins (2005. They will formulate a plan for guiding faculty in the design and implementation of more learning-centered courses based on the framework provided by Weimer (2013) & Blumberg (2009) and utilize the foundational concepts provided by Harris & Cullen (2010) in order to develop a more learning-centered campus.

Christy Price
Founding Director of the Center for Academic Excellence and Coordinator of Course Redesign
Dalton State College

A professor of psychology and the founding director of the Center for Academic Excellence at Dalton State College, Christy Price is a nationally recognized authority on innovative teaching techniques to engage millennial learners and was chosen by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as the Outstanding U.S. Professor for 2012 in the Baccalaureate Colleges category. Dr. Price also won the 2010 Carnegie Foundation Outstanding Professor Award for the state of Georgia. She was honored by the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition as an Outstanding First-Year Student Advocate for 2009. Dr. Price won the University System of Georgia Teaching Excellence Award in the Two & Four-Year College sector for 2008/2009 and the Excellence in Teaching Award at Dalton State in 2007. She holds a doctorate in community health from the University of Tennessee, a master’s degree in counseling psychology from the University of Nebraska-Kearney, and a bachelor’s degree in social services from Northern Illinois University.

Sandra Stone
Vice President for Academic Affairs
Dalton State College

Dr. Stone has over 30 years’ experience as a teacher, administrator and consultant. Since 2002, Dr. Stone has held several positions in higher education administration, including Associate and Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of West GA, Vice President for Academic Affairs at Dalton State College, Interim Director of the Applied Research Center at Southern Polytechnic State University, and Vice Chancellor for Academic Planning and Programs for the University System of Georgia Board of Regents. Dr. Stone holds bachelors’ degrees in sociology and psychology and a master’s degree in psychology from the University of West GA, a doctorate in sociology from Emory University, and a post-doctoral certificate in organizational behavior from Tulane University