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SAILing Takes You to Where Your Course Ought to Be - Course Technology Computing Conference
Presenter: Kelly Hinson and Angie Rudd, Gaston College
Strengthening Academic Internet Learning (SAIL) is Gaston College's online quality enhancement project (QEP). This initiative has been in place for 4 years, and places an increased effort on online course quality and a comprehensive online student support system to improve student learning in online courses. The SAIL initiative is an ongoing adaptive environment. In this session, Angie and Kelly will share the changes that have been made in the past year and why, along with the student feedback that promoted the direction of this initiative, and the reasoning behind the project and the standards put in place. Further goals for this session include: presenting a student perspective of the online environment, demonstrating the layout of our online courses in the Blackboard environment, and showing the current statistics of how these standards have improved student learning outcomes. Presenters Angie Rudd and Kelly Hinson have worked with the SAIL initiative since it was opened to instructors. Kelly has spent the summer redoing three courses using the updated SAIL standards. She and Angie work closely with the SAIL team to keep their courses at the highest standards. Both instructors are involved in online standards committees. In a lecture-based co-presentation, these two Gaston College instructors will show attendees how these SAIL standards are used to improve their online course quality. Examples will be presented from Introduction to Computers, Emerging Technologies and Management Information Systems courses. The main emphasis will be in the Introduction to Computers course. Statistics will be used to show the increase in student learning outcomes from the SAIL initiative. Attendees will take away the updated online course requirements for the QEP along with an understanding of what makes a great online course for students.