Practice What You Preach: Collaborating Towards Solutions in Online Course Development

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Presentation slides for the session at the ETUG 2010 Fall Workshop in New Westminster, British Columbia

Presenters: Martin Voelkening and Gail Morong - Thompson Rivers University, Open Learning

Description: Although collaboration is an important learning objective for students, we as course developers seem to neglect its power in our own daily work. The presenters will share a few short case studies of real-life examples of challenges encountered during the incorporation of technology into online courses, and show how collaboration among the various people involved in a project, such as instructional designers, editors, media, intellectual property officers, librarians and course production has led to solutions.

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Practice What You Preach: Collaborating Towards Solutions in Online Course Development

  1. 1. PRACTICE WHAT YOU PREACH: COLLABORATING TOWARDS SOLUTIONS IN ONLINE COURSE DEVELOPMENT
  2. 2. Introductions
  3. 3. FEAR
  4. 4. WORRY
  5. 5. TRUST
  6. 6. Positive Attitude
  7. 7. Listen & Learn
  8. 8. #1
  9. 9. Gail Morong & Joe KellyGail Morong & Joe KellyGail Morong & Joe KellyGail Morong & Joe Kelly Job Shadowing
  10. 10. Some preferred to do it in groups of 4Some preferred to do it in groups of 4 (Moragh Macaulay, Jon Fulton, Bob Byrne, Wayne Egers)(Moragh Macaulay, Jon Fulton, Bob Byrne, Wayne Egers) Some preferred to do it in groups of 4Some preferred to do it in groups of 4 (Moragh Macaulay, Jon Fulton, Bob Byrne, Wayne Egers)(Moragh Macaulay, Jon Fulton, Bob Byrne, Wayne Egers)
  11. 11. Learn about partner’s job 84 % have learned a lot about their partner’s job 84 % have learned a lot about their partner’s job
  12. 12. “Friendly, functional exploration of the two jobs, challenges & opportunities.”
  13. 13. “The volume of learning was equal to weeks on the job.”
  14. 14. #2
  15. 15. The Production TeamThe Production Team
  16. 16. Production ProcessProduction Process •Collects course materials •Fills out forms •Packages all materials together •Submits course to Production Supervisor •Reviews course request •Checks for major problems • Estimates time and resources needed •Assigns 2 DSOs • Main DSO • Second DSO • Reviews all course materials • Organizes Production Meeting • Prepares work
  17. 17. Production Process 2Production Process 2 •Main DSO •Prepare course materials •Makes PDFs AND/OR •Uploads content to BB •Updates reports regularly •Second DSO •Reviews work of Main DSO •Provide coverage and support •Reviews course •Provides feedback or sign off  In written form  Combined • Completes sign-off procedure
  18. 18. • Online Curriculum Developer’s Resource • Simulation in LEAD 4901 • Innovations Lab • WordPress Multiuser (WPMU) • VoiceThread • Elluminate
  19. 19. Online Curriculum Developer’s Resource http://olcourseblog.tru.ca/idg/ Online Curriculum Developer’s Resource http://olcourseblog.tru.ca/idg/
  20. 20. Mount Everest Simulation Mount Everest Simulation
  21. 21. Innovations Lab
  22. 22. Purpose •Experiment with new technology •Training in use of technology •Testing and research which is oriented towards improved user experiences •Investigation of supportable Web 2.0 environments and processes •Research into digital OERs •Delivery of webinars and online sessions Collaborators •Instructional Design Department •Canada Research Chair in E-Learning Practices •OL Course Developers •OL Faculty Members •IT and Curriculum Services •TRU Faculty and Students •E-Learning Facilitator •Academic Directors •Research Partners •Centre for Teaching and Learning
  23. 23. WordPress Multi User WordPress Multi User
  24. 24. Collaborators •Course Writer •IDs •Open Learning Faculty Members •IT Services •Students Uses •Modified LMS in EDDL courses (Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching and Learning) •Flexible •Authentic learning experience •Access to content after online course ends •Plug-ins increase its functionality
  25. 25. Plugins •BuddyPress - free and open source plugin adds social networking features, including “Groups” •Test other plugins that may improve WPMU blogging tool as an LMS for TRU-OL online students Issues •Security concerns •Interactions between plugins •Content and form not easily transferable to new versions of the course (not scalable) •No way to archive course data •Each offering requires intensive instructor set-up (double posts, broken RSS feeds) •Tools for creating discussions problematic and complicated to maintain
  26. 26. Collaborators •Course Writers •Media Team •E-Learning Facilitator •IDs •Director of IDD •Open Learning Faculty Members •Students Uses •Collaborative, multimedia slide show •Holds images, documents and videos •Allows people to navigate slides and leave comments in different ways •Supports PDF, Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint images, and videos •Imports photos from Flickr, Facebook or the web
  27. 27. Collaboration with the Media Team
  28. 28. Collaborators •IDs •Delivery Support •E-Learning Facilitator •OLFMs •Students •IT •Canada Research Chair in E-Learning Practices Uses •Course Delivery •Professional development of Open Learning Faculty Members

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