Penn State has a long history of multi-campus collaboration. From the first shared degree program in Nursing in 1973 to the new Digital Learning Cooperative, the core of the collaboration has been faculty disciplinary communities. By working closely with faculty in degree programs there has been progress in strengthening student learning opportunities, improving collaboration and program operation, supporting the development of campus specialization and leverage regional opportunities, enabling the development of faculty and student communities across campuses, and leveraging common resources, operations, and technologies to provide a consistently high quality Penn State learning environment.
Support for this effort has involved the development of several new shared degree programs, improved course sharing between campuses and colleges, as well as strengthened disciplinary communities among degree programs. Faculty teaching in these programs have been provided faculty development and support in the development and delivery of online and hybrid courses, as well as support for innovative approaches to teaching students who are based at a residential campus, but taking part of their coursework in a technology mediated environment.
Essential Features of Shared Programs:
- Rely on a robust disciplinary community that values collaboration and cooperation across location;
- Leverage centrally-supported resources to allow for program-level consistencies in course design and faculty development;
- Provide resident students a broader range of curricular options and richer experiences as they engage with students and faculty from at least one campus outside of their home campus;
- Combine online, resident, and hybrid courses into a flexible, cohesive, intentional curriculum developed and delivered by faculty with the support of instructional designers;
- Capitalize on faculty expertise, specialized knowledge and research interests to deliver programs;
- Reduce duplication of efforts and is fiscally responsible;
- Utilize innovative communication and interaction technologies for shared courses;
- Rely on common processes and shared governance.
If you have questions about shared programs, or course sharing at Penn State, please contact Dave Callejo, Associate Vice President & Sr. Associate Dean for Academic Programs via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.