Creating a Sustainable Network for Faculty Development in Virginia: The #OpenLearning17 Faculty Collaboratives Project

Tuesday, January 30 | 3:15PM–4:00PM CT | Preservation Hall Studio 9, Second Floor
Session Type: Breakout Session
Delivery Format: Interactive Presentation
The AAC&U Faculty Collaboratives project invited 10 states to participate in a grant-funded effort to create sustainable networks for faculty development in support of AAC&U's Liberal Education and America's Promise (LEAP) initiatives. The State Council for Higher Education in Virginia administered the funding for Virginia. A steering committee of four faculty, a librarian, two assessment specialists, a community college system technology director, and a state liaison from SCHEV chose open education as its focus and created an open online course called Open Learning '17 ( to help form the network. This session tells that story.

Outcomes: Learn about the AAC&U Faculty Collaboratives initiative, as well as the focus Virginia chose for its participation * Explore the design of the open online course #OpenLearning17, as well as how the design created and sustained a network of participants * Learn how Virginia's Faculty Collaboratives Steering Committee aligned initiatives and communities at international, national, and state levels


  • Stephanie Blackmon

    Assistant Professor, The College of William & Mary
  • Gardner Campbell

    Associate Professor of English, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Sue Erickson

  • Steve Greenlaw

    Professor of Economics, University of Mary Washington