036.- Exploring the Context of Converged Learning: a case study in a polytechnic university  [JSCI]

This paper presents NJIT’s strategic implementation of Converged Education, offering a hybrid of face-to-face and online instruction that aligns with evolving Web technologies, impacting teaching across disciplines.
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Exciting Announcement: Journal of Systemics, Cybernetics, and Informatics (JSCI)

I am excited to announce our publication in the Journal of Systemics, Cybernetics, and Informatics (JSCI). The paper, titled «Exploring the Context of Converged Learning: A case study in a polytechnic university,» represents a comprehensive review conducted by James Lipuma and myself. This publication is a testament to our collaborative efforts and commitment to advancing the field of education (Lipuma & León, 2022)

Paper Abstract:

New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), a four-year polytechnic R01 research university in the United States utilized a participatory strategic planning process to implement an innovative approach to the modes of delivery for instruction that exist between face-to-face and online instruction. NJIT defines the spectrum of integration of online and on-ground instruction as Converged Education. This spectrum allows students to either participate face-to-face, join remotely through real-time video conferencing technology synchronously, or watch classroom instruction asynchronously.

The article opens with a general background of NJIT’s approach to the new idea of converged instructional delivery. It provides a brief history, context, and explanation of its interdisciplinary participatory strategic planning process. Then the paper describes the process of pilot testing that was conducted to determine how best to adopt the new modes of instruction across all disciplines. Next, the process for defining and clarifying the terms and conceptions of the various modes to be adopted is presented. After this, the paper discusses the impact of the shift from Web 1.0 to Web 6.0 and how the different departments and sectors of NJIT worked on strategic planning together. Finally, the resulting implementation of the new policy and its reflection on course offerings is shown and discussed.

Presented at JSCI:

Special Issue FOR Trans-Disciplinary Communication [JSCI] (Hashimoto et al., 2022)

Read Our Paper

You can access our paper in The Journal on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics, Vol. 20, No. 1, pp. 102–121, 2022. Read here.

Acknowledgments

Fadi P. Deek. Provost and Senior Executive Vice President.

Blake Haggerty. Executive Director Digital Learning & Technology Support.

David F. Ullman. Former Associate Provost for Information Services & Technology and Chief Information Officer.

Non-anonymous peer reviewers.

Bruce Bukiet Professor of Mathematical Sciences. Associate Dean, College of Science and Liberal Arts

John Wolf. Assistant Dean, Office of the Dean, College of Science and Liberal Arts

Beta-reader

Maria Rosalia Leon Sanchez


Disclosure statement
No conflict of interest pertains to the research presented above.
ORCID

James Lipuma https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9778-3843

Cristo Leon https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0930-0179

Copyright

All rights reserved Published by The International Institute of Informatics and Cybernetics.

Sources

Hashimoto, S., Hendel, R. J., Nikolarea, E., Lipuma, J., León, C., Cuthbert, C. E., Pearse, N. J., Gaile-Sarkane, E., Zeps, A., Kinna, V., Liberts, D., Marzullo, R., Tudose, C., Sadilek, M., Cep, R., Cepova, L., Sniehotta, P., Kusnir, L., Stverkova, H., … Aceves-Hernández, F. J. (2022). Special Issue FOR Trans-Disciplinary Communication [JSCI]. Journal of Systemics, Cybernetics, and Informatics, 20(1), 35. /Research/Collaboration & Convergence. https://doi.org/10.54808/JSCI.20.01

Lipuma, J., & León, C. (2022). Exploring the Context of Converged Learning: A case study in a polytechnic university [JSCI] [Review of Exploring the Context of Converged Learning: A case study in a polytechnic university [JSCI], by B. Bukiet]. The Journal on Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics, 20(1), 102–121. /Research/Collaboration & Convergence. https://doi.org/10.54808/JSCI.20.01