05 October 2013

Streamline Online & Hybrid Course Development Without Sacrificing Quality - Renee Cicchino

Streamline Online & Hybrid Course Development Without Sacrificing Quality

The culture of a university influences your online learning program. Additionally, the attitudes of a faculty member can influence the outcome of an online learning program, specifically in the course development phase.

What are some challenges in Course Design?

  1. Siloing
  2. Institutional Policy
  3. Quality Oversight
  4. Tech Competency
  5. Faculty Development
  6. Time (Release Time for Faculty)
  7. Rank and Tenure
  8. Funding

How do we address these challenges?

  1. Utilize a Template
  2. Give exemplar courses - highlight faculty work! Change this course out every year. 
  3. Use QM and/or SLOAN-C resources

Do we fail occasionally? Yes. 

  1. Low quality learning objectives or not measurable
  2. Course design and navigation
  3. Converting F2F materials directly to online/hybrid environment
  4. Time Management
  5. Tech Competency Issues (you don't even know what you don't know)
  6. Time Management
  7. Faculty and Student dissatisfaction

What lessons have we learned?

  1. Tech skills among faculty vary
  2. Online teaching experience vary
  3. Look for strengths in faculty - Read CONTENT
  4. Address the teaching and technology needs
  5. Remove the fear of the unknown
  6. Promote quality
  7. Community of learning and support
As we've done at SNU, a best practice is to create your template in Word (be sure to include the measurable objectives worksheet) and let them create the course there (however, no one seems to be using it at this time). It is then much easier to move it to the LMS. 

In the model presented here, faculty ONLY do content and the Instructional Design Team does the technical side of it (putting it into the LMS).  This isn't necessarily viable for everyone, but there are certainly components of this which will work for us at SNU. 

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