Polytechnic University of Valencia Congress, Sixth International Conference on Higher Education Advances

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The Digital Learning Laboratory Model to Catalyze Change in University Teaching and Learning
Jessica Sandland, Mary Ellen Wiltrout

Last modified: 28-04-2020


This paper outlines a unique model catalyzing change in teaching and learning known as the Digital Learning Laboratory (DLL) model that a large research university in the northeastern United States currently employs. We focus here on the MOOC work that the individuals in the DLL lead that have spread to improvements in teaching practices and learning experiences across departments beyond MOOCs. We discuss the MOOC development process and the ways in which this process can differ greatly from the development of an in-person course creating the initial and continued need for the DLL. Then, we describe the Digital Learning Laboratory, a community of practice of academics with advanced degrees in their field of specialization and housed in the relevant departments across our university. Finally, we discuss potential advantages of this model, including having a person with subject-matter expertise leading MOOC and hybrid projects and thereby not requiring a different tenure-track faculty member to learn MOOC development skills for each new course.

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