Lincoln staff member accepted into international mentoring program

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Langston Hughes Memorial Library. Photo courtesy Lincoln University Staff/Shelley Mix

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY, Pa - A staff member from the Academic Technology Support Center was accepted and completed the 2018-2019 Cross-institutional ID2ID Peer Mentoring Program for instructional designers.

Co-sponsored by Pennsylvania State University and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative, the ID2ID program provides instructional designers an opportunity to engage a community of colleagues across higher education institutions. The program helps participants grow professionally by focusing on common areas of interest including faculty development, academic transformation, digital literacies, accessibility, assessment, open education, and learning spaces, among others.

Brenda Snider, an instructional technology support specialist, has been accepted into the program for the second year in a row. Last year’s ID2ID program had over 250 participants. Snider was one of 32 participants to complete the program successfully and received a digital badge with recognition at the ELI Annual Meeting 2018.

This year, Snider partnered with Gautam Saha, the manager of educational technology and instructional design at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Services in Qatar. Snider and Saha have been collaborating since the program began in July. They will be recognized at the 2019 ELI Annual Meeting in Anaheim, California for their successful completion of the 2018 program.

“The ID2ID program is a rich and rewarding experience,” said Snider. “My collaboration with Gautam Saha has been an exceptional professional development opportunity. Working with Lincoln’s professors on interactive content has been exciting.”

In December, Snider and Saha presented “Increase Engagement and Interactivity without Breaking the Bank” at the Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey Distance Learning Association’s (PADLA) 16th Annual Conference & Expo at LaSalle University in Philadelphia. Attendees were given the opportunity to learn how interactive content was used to engage students through free interactive cloud-based software.

Their presentation was based on a pilot program Snider and Saha initiated on campus. In aligning with the University’s new strategic plan, the program created active learning opportunities and prepared students for the outside workforce.

According to Snider, over 85% of the 72 students who participated in the program indicated that the interactive content empowered them to increase their learning of the content in the course.

Snider and Saha said they sincerely appreciate the participation of professors Carmen Brookins-House, Thelma Jacks, and Jennifer McCarthy in making the H5P interactive content pilot program successful.