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Murray State faculty participate in Online Consortium of Oklahoma Virtual STEM Academy

November 16, 2020

Murray State faculty participate in Online Consortium of Oklahoma Virtual STEM Academy

With remote instruction the new normal for 2020, Murray State College faculty members Dan Moore, David Brantley and Amy McCain have completed a five-week Online Consortium of Oklahoma (OCO) STEM Virtual Academy to provide deeper, collaborative professional development for those teaching STEM disciplines. 

In partnership with the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, OCO brought together 60 math, science and e-learning participants for the intensive blended learning experience.  Throughout the Academy, faculty considered how they would plan for online courses and laboratories that engage students in new ways while meeting course objectives and learning outcomes in math and science.  Faculty also learned new strategies, tools and techniques for STEM online learning and assessment.

“STEM education is so important for our students, and online education can be intimidating when the norm has been classroom- and laboratory-based settings.  This virtual academy gave our faculty the opportunity to work with experts and their peers in exploring best practices in remote learning for STEM subjects,” said MSC President Joy McDaniel.

Participants of this cohort experience were among the first faculty to earn digital badges, an innovative digital tool to showcase their skills, which are issued by OCO under the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.

Murray State College will wrap up in-person experiences on November 20.  A Thanksgiving break will take place from November 23-27, with classes continuing remotely from November 30-December 11.  The Tishomingo campus is closed to the public, but all offices may be reached online or by phone.

Enrollment for the spring semester is underway for classes that begin January 19, 2021.  For more information on enrollment, contact academicadvisement@mscok.edu.