eLET Academy Fight Song!
The soundtrack to this post is “Academy Fight Song” by seminal Boston post-punk band Mission of Burma (see below).
Over the past two years the influence of the seminal post-punk e-Learning and Educational Technology (eLET) Committee has grown considerably (if you’re asking what the heck an eLET is, go here). This is by design, actually, to parallel the increase in importance of e-learning and educational technology itself.
You’ve got to hand it to the eLET folks: they are mighty busy people, most of them working day-to-day in the technology trenches to ensure that Blackboard Learn is running smoothly, faculty are properly trained to use the (proper) edtech tools, passwords are reset, logins are issued, course shells are created, online instruction is effectively delivered, etc. and so on. Even so, the committee still managed to create and launch eLET Academy, a shiny new series of pedagogy-focused ed-tech trainings being premiered at the 2015 New Horizons conference.
What is eLET Academy? According to the eLET Committee the Academy’s mission is to…
…coordinate and deliver quality professional development to VCCS faculty in the areas of teaching, learning, and technology. In addition to helping faculty keep pace with instructional technologies and become better instructors, the Academy can help faculty document fulfillment of the major components of the Teaching Standards domain common to VCCS faculty evaluation plans: Instructional Design, Instructional Delivery, Instructional Effectiveness, and Instructional Expertise.
As part of that focus, there are two major components of the Academy:
- Provide training and workshops for instructional technologies and applications common to many, or all twenty-three VCCS colleges to help ensure that faculty are aware of and have the ability to take of advantage of existing resources provided by the VCCS.
- Provide training and workshops for instructional design, sound pedagogical methods, and other soft skills related to the teaching standards noted above. Where appropriate, Academy training and workshops will use objective-based methods leading to quantifiable results and certification, allowing faculty and their supervisors to clearly assess outcomes and relevancy to their teaching and evaluation plans.
Consult the final NH15 agenda to see the dates and times of the sessions being offered.
I think this new collaborative approach to professional development has a lot of potential and could eventually lead to the creation of an honest-to-goodness certification program that can be widely recognized by colleges.
“I’m not judging you
I’m judging me