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Distance Learning

Fisk University’s primary goal for Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2009 (SAFRA) grant, $2.5M, 2010-15, is to improve student retention and graduation through comprehensive and systematic online student services. By providing courses through distance education, access and learning is promoted, individual development is enhanced, and students can become life-long learners (regardless of their ability to physically attend classes).

Distance education provides greater access for an increased number of students, many of whom are working and/or considered nontraditional. Fisk provides long term financial stability by increasing learning opportunities to complete educational goals.

The objectives for the second year are as follows:

  • Objective 1: Train faculty to incorporate effective technology tools and best practices in courses (face-to-face, blended, and online).
  • Objective 2: Provide the necessary technology upgrade and maintenance to sustain the effective teaching and advising services for all students.
  • Objective 3: Provide essential teaching and learning tools (e.g. eLearning services, course management system, electronic journals & databases, and collaborative tools) to all students, faculty, and staff.

Implementation Plan

Objective 1

  • Train faculty to incorporate effective technology tools and best practices in courses (face-to-face, blended, and online). By year 2, 40% Faculty will receive SloanC Online Teaching Certificate for teaching online courses. Further, faculty will be trained for available teaching and learning tools (Blackboard, Banner, etc).

Objective 2

  • Provide the necessary technology upgrade and maintenance to sustain the effective teaching and advising services for all students. 
  • Provide latest hardware and software support to faculty and students. Equip the classrooms with the effective teaching technologies. Upgrade current Computer Labs (Park Johnson and Library). Provide the wireless network access to all the students, faculty, and staff. 
  • A new Computer Lab will be established in Talley-Brady, which will be used for introductory STEM courses of mathematics, computer science, biology, chemistry, physics and psychology. The computer lab will be designed according to 21st century interdisciplinary laboratory (including research benches). Outfitting the natural sciences aspect of the lab will be funded by other sources.

Objective 3

  • Provide essential teaching and learning tools (e.g. eLearning services, course management system, electronic journals & databases, and collaborative tools) to all students, faculty, and staff. 
  • The Library at Fisk University is becoming the information center of learning. Outdated computers are causing a barrier in efficient learning, and the ceiling in the Library Lab is old and very unsafe. These are not appropriate conditions for a learning environment. In order to update this facility to current standards, a wireless network should be installed to provide adequate, consistent connectivity to students, faculty, and staff who use the Library’s facilities as a research location and study environment. 
  • Equipment includes, but is not limited to Wireless Access Points installed in strategic locations throughout the facility, and wiring necessary to power the WAP’s.

Faculty Training for Online Teaching Certificate of SloanC

26 faculty members are registered to complete Online Teaching Certificate of SloanC. 16 faculty members have completed the required 9 week foundation course in Summer 2011 and 10 will complete the foundation course in Fall 2011.

Faculty Members completed Foundation Course in Summer 2011

Alfredo Cambronero, Brian Nelms, Grazyna Walczak, Jonathan Stadler, Leantin Bracks, Lee Limbird, Nicholas Umontuen, Obi Onumah, Patricia McCarroll, Paula Hemphill, Phyllis Freeman, Robert Wingfield, Sheila Peters, Stafford Cargill, Steven Morgan, and Zia Haque.

Faculty Members complete Foundation Course by Spring 2012

Hugh Fentress, JaCenda Davidson, Larry Turner, Lei Qian, Michael Self, Natalie Arnett, Philip Autry, Ray Bullock, Sajid Hussain, and Sanjukta Hota.

The Sloan-C Online Teaching Certificate is offered as a sequence of one foundation course and three electives leading from the conceptual to the implementation of online learning effectiveness best practices. The program's theoretical underpinning stems from Sloan-C's five pillars of quality in online education: student satisfaction, access, learning effectiveness, faculty satisfaction, and institutional cost effectiveness. Participants must commit to taking the foundation course prior to taking electives.

Fisk Online Courses - Summer 2011

  1. ECON 230 - Principles of Microeconomics, Alfredo Cambronero
  2. ECON 330 - Managerial Economics, Stafford Cargill
  3. BAD 110 - Business Information Systems, Sajid Hussain
  4. MGT 400 - Topics in MGT: Consumer Behavior, Nicholas Umontuen
  5. PSY 205 - Child/Adolescent Development, Sheila Peters
  6. PSY 180 - General Psychology, Jonathan Stadler
  7. PSY 380 - Special Topics: Drug & Behavior, Jonathan Stadler
  8. SOC 108 - Men/Women Relationship, Shirley Brown