Z-Degrees for Accessibility: Demystifying Open Education Resources
Room 168

Open Education Resources have been explored from various angles. On one side, there are plenty of advantages for students. The main one is the cost reduction. Z-degrees attract the student population as the cost of degree completion decreases tremendously. On another side, the cost of OER production is high, if an institution decides to develop one. What does it take to develop an OER? Why faculty would want to get involved? What support can faculty get from an institution? Who are the stakeholders and what are the implications for developing a Z-Degree? This presentation will address the favorable and the unfavorable arguments from the faculty and institutional perspectives, as well as the publishers’ perspective to the developments.

Speaker Bio(s): 

Dr. Olena Zhadko is an avid educator with the passion for teaching with technology. Olena has worked at three academic centers devoted to advancing innovative teaching and learning. She finds that faculty seek opportunities for professional development to be capable of meeting our student needs in this fast-changing academic environment, and she is here to support them. Olena is also the Lehman College, CUNY, Director of Online Education.
For the past several years, Olena’s work has focused on avant-garde approaches in faculty development, and meeting faculty where they are, both literally and metaphorically.

Melanie Shaw has spent the past decade teaching and serving as an administrator in online higher education settings. She is a professor in the School of Education at Northcentral University, where she works with students in the dissertation phase of their program. She also serves as an adjunct faculty at several institutions and facilitates webinars for the Online Learning Consortium. In addition to her teaching roles, she trains faculty to develop and deliver courses online, conducts research on topics related to nontraditional education, and is involved in strategic leadership relative to the vision for online education. Melanie’s primary research interests include online teaching and learning, organizational leadership, and distance learning instructional practices. She is the author of several books, articles, and chapters including: An Evaluation of Student Outcomes by Course Duration in Online Higher Education; Establishing an Online Professional Development Community to Promote Faculty Engagement and Excellence; Distance Learning Courses: A Survey of Activities and Assignments; and Online Course Activities: A Survey of Assignment and Assessment Types. She is the winner of the Wagner Award for Outstanding Instructional Support and the Online Learning Consortium’s Effective Practice Award. Melanie received a Ph.D. in Education with a specialization in Curriculum and Teaching from Northcentral University, a master’s degree in Education Administration from Grand Canyon University, and a second master’s degree in School Counseling from the University of West Alabama. She received her bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies and Music from Excelsior College. She holds teaching certificates in online teaching, elementary education, and guidance counseling. She lives in New York City with her husband Paul, who is a jazz musician. Melanie has two adult children who live in Atlanta.

Melanie Shaw, Olena Zhadko
Department Name: 
School of Education (Northcentral University), Academic Programs (CUNY)
Institution: 
Northcentral University, CUNY - Lehman College

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RUOnline 2017
13 March 2017
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Somerset, NJ 08873

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