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OLC Committees

The Purpose of each OLC Committee will enable the OLC Mission to become a reality through Committee members discovering, vetting, sharing, supporting, and showcasing (disseminating) ways in which Drexel educators and administrators can most effectively enhance the Drexel student experience in their respective areas. Below is a list of the committees, their purpose, and the name of the chair(s) of the committee with contact information.

Accessibility

The Accessibility Committee supports the OLC Mission by focusing on elevating Drexel faculty and administrator awareness of the critical areas of accessibility, usability, and readability for all Drexel students in online, hybrid, or enhanced F2F courses. The Committee can provide easy-to-follow and readily-implementable steps, processes, and procedures (with professional guidance and support) that practitioners can take, at escalating levels of challenge and breadth, to make their courses more accessible, usable, and readable – for all students.

The co-chairs of the Accessibility Committee are Michel Miller O'Neal (mlm334@drexel.edu) and Ann Knetler Smith (ask66@drexel.edu). Please contact them if you would like to know more about this committee.

Communications

The Communication Committee supports the OLC Mission by focusing on broadly informing the Drexel University community about the developments, findings, and recommendations put forward by the OLC, its leadership, its Committees, and the OLC Fellows.

The co-chairs of the Communications Committee are Constance Lyttle (cfl28@drexel.edu) and Lana Gianfrancesco (sag339@drexel.edu). Please contact them if you would like to know more about this committee.

Quality

The Quality Committee supports the OLC Mission by focusing on developing strategies for effective teaching and learning in high-quality environments (design) and in effective ways (delivery) that elevate the online, hybrid, or enhanced face-to-face (F2F) course offerings.

The chair of the Quality Committee is Alan Hecht (ach46@drexel.edu). Please contact him if you would like to know more about this committee.

Academic Integrity
(a Sub-Group of the Quality Committee)

This important sub-group is focused on leveraging and communicating existing and established Drexel policies on academic honesty and integrity. Further, it is charged with discovering new approaches and methodologies to address academic integrity, vetting those, and bringing forward reasonable and effective approaches that faculty can use in their courses with their students. They effectively use an approach that (1) begins with using what Drexel has already created, then (2) spreading the word on technologies that some academic units at Drexel already utilize and favor, and then (3) making it their focus to discover what new literature, technologies, or pedagogies are emerging that hit the academic integrity/honesty landscape.

Stephen Rupprecht (smr34@drexel.edu), along with Alan Hecht, lead this sub-group in this endeavor.

Retention

The Retention Committee supports the OLC Mission by focusing on examining data related to student success and persistence. Findings will lead to developing and recommending intervention activities that can be launched in effective ways by Drexel faculty and/or staff at the course, program, department, college/school, or institution levels, as appropriate.

The co-chairs of the Retention Committee are Mark Freeman (maf375@drexel.edu) and Marlin Killen (mk75@drexel.edu). Please contact them if you would like to know more about this committee.

Scalability

The Scalability Committee supports the OLC Mission by focusing on discovering, vetting, piloting, and publishing recommendations on how educators and administrators can most effectively (1) scale up enrollments in courses and programs, (2) run additional sections of a course, (3) offer additional courses in a program, or (4) increase programs offered by a department, school, or college, all while maintaining or enhancing online, hybrid, or enhanced F2F course quality and concomitantly managing faculty workload.

The co-chairs of the Scalability Committee are Joseph Salomone (salomojj@drexel.edu) and Sara Perkel (sara.perkel@DrexelMed.edu). Please contact them if you would like to know more about this committee.

Student Services & Engagement

The Student Services & Engagement Committee supports the OLC Mission by focusing on effective ways to support and prepare (meet the needs of) students who will engage with colleagues and professors in online, hybrid, or enhanced F2F learning environments.

The co-chairs of the Student Services & Engagement Committee are Jessica Grace Edonick (jlg66@drexel.edu) and Samantha Ortiz (sd496@drexel.edu). Please contact them if you would like to know more about this committee.