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Approximately 20% of USM’s classroom “seats” in the fall of 2015 were in online or blended courses. In the fall of 2016, USM formed a Faculty Interest Group (FIG) entitled Engaging Online and Blended Learners The purpose of this FIG was to bring together faculty and staff to deepen understanding of the student experience in online and blended courses. The focus has been on the “end user”, namely the student, and how we can employ evidence-based practices for course design, course delivery, and student support services to maximize student engagement, learning, and retention. The intent was for those involved in the FIG, both from the core group and the drop-in participant, to disseminate the ideas and practices as widely as possible throughout the institution, and to develop a higher level of expertise in this arena. The FIG has been comprised of faculty from an array of disciplines, a course designer from CTEL, and student support personnel. This panel session will provide you with an overview of the first year of this FIG’s experience, and some tips for establishing a similar model on your campus.
Paul Dexter received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Saint Michael’s College in 1992, and in 1995 earned his Master of Social Work degree from Salem State College. Paul was awarded his Ph.D. in Public Policy from USM’s Muskie School of Public Service in 2015, with his dissertation research on the relationship between student engagement and success among online undergraduates. Paul is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Maine, and is certified as a Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Practitioner. He completed a certificate in online teaching from Sloan-C, and is a certified Global Career Development Facilitator. Paul has taught at USM since 2004, often in blended or online formats. He developed and teaches the Using Technology in Adult Learning course for the Master’s in Adult and Higher Education program, and is an instructor in USM’s Leadership and Organizational Studies program, teaching Leading Through Conflict. During his 17 years at USM, Paul has served as a Coordinator of the Student Success Center, the Director of Early Student Success, and as a clinician in University Counseling Services. He is currently the Coordinator of Learning Support at USM’s Learning Commons.
Charlie Bernacchio is an Associate Professor of Counselor Education and coordinator of Rehabilitation Counseling at the University of Southern Maine. His doctoral studies was focused on counseling special populations which he completed at the University of Maine in 2003. The clinical phase of his doctoral training focused on counseling supervision, and the use of various supervision models. He’s presented nationally on technology-assisted clinical supervision in rehabilitation counseling. In 2016, he facilitated a supervision panel for the SAMHS Behavioral Health Workforce Development initiative. Since returning to the University of Southern Maine in 2011, he successfully developed the new nationally, accredited Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling graduate studies. Dr. Bernacchio has directed the Division of Rehabilitation Counseling & Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 2006-2010. He was co-chair of the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Council of National Council of Rehabilitation Education (NCRE) from 2011-13 and currently serves as regional representative for the New England graduate rehabilitation counseling programs on the NCRE Board. Dr. Charlie finishes his final term this year as a Commissioner for Council On Rehabilitation Education that reviews accreditation standings of all degree programs nationally. In 2008, he served as a member of the USPRA National Task Force Recovery Based Training for Practitioners and Mental Health Services Providers project that developed online curriculum for preparation to obtain the psychiatric rehabilitation practitioner certification, funded by SAMHSA.
Sean Bailey is an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at the University of Southern Maine and the Coordinator of Developmental Math. Before coming to USM, he received his PhD in Math from Utah State University, as well as a Master’s in Math from Utah State and a Master’s in Education from University of Oregon. He has taught online courses at multiple institutions, ranging from developmental math courses to computer game design courses.