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Poster Presentation at Sloan-C 2009 in Orlando, FL

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Supporting Faculty Content Experts Presentation Transcript

  • 1. 15th Sloan-C International Conference on Online Learning
    Supporting
    Faculty Content Experts
    as
    Members of Online
    Course Development Teams
  • 2. Team of Experts
    Instructional Designer/Project Manager (ID/PM)
    Scheduling
    Course structure, navigation
    Faculty Content Expert/Subject Matter Expert (SME)
    Content approval
    Assessment design and approval
    Multimedia Developer
    Streaming video
    Flash, Graphic design
    LMS troubleshooting
    Design Assistant/Editor
    Content transfer
    Open Education Resources
    Copy, formatting, usability
  • 3. Course Development Process
  • 4. Open (and/or Free) Tools & Resources
    Scheduling
    Google Calendar
    Collaboration
    Google Docs, Spreadsheets
    DimDim
    Skype
    Evaluation/Data Collection
    Google Forms
    LMS/Website
    Sakai
    Wordpress
    HTML Editors
    Notepad++
    YouTube
    TeacherTube
    Edutopia
    OpenCourseWare Consortium
    MIT Open Courseware
    VoiceThread
    CiteULike
    Hot Potatoes
  • 5. Preparing Faculty Experts to Serve as SMEs
  • 6. Connect with training on LMS
    Online Tutorials
    Existing Tech Support and Distance Course Design offices on campus – check the workshop schedules!
    Connect with training on online instruction
    Facilitating online discussion (asynch/synch)
    Instructional strategies – selection, pros/cons for online delivery
    Encourage networking with peers
    Faculty who have worked with the design team previously
    Access to developed courses, examples
    Provide easy-to-edit formats
    Work with existing skill /comfort levels
    Outline clear-cut responsibilities and tasks
    Weekly meetings with assigned tasks (for all team members) and specific deadlines
    Review the project’s production schedule periodically
  • 7. Develop a written agreement (MOA)
    Signed by SME, ID/PM, and Department Chair
    Project Purpose
    Compensation
    Timeline
    Responsibilities
    Copyright/Acknowledgements
    Communication and Meetings
    Foster a supportive climate
    Encourage creativity, innovation, input and feedback
    Communicate often
    Work with existing skill /comfort level: phone, email, written reports, etc.
  • 8. Feedback from Faculty Content Experts
    Previous experience?
    50/50 – have worked with or taught online courses before
    Commitment to project:
    Time required was more than expected
    Also involved in teaching, researching, service/community
    Perception of innovation:
    New ways to communicate with students
    New ways for students to interact with content and each other
    Increased awareness of the potential applications of technology
    Changes to teaching strategies as a result of the project
  • 9. Feedback from Faculty Content Experts
    Satisfaction with the development process:
    Challenged by?
    Time constraints
    Acquiring copyright permissions
    Moving to completely online format
    Most Time consuming?
    Own learning curve
    Keeping content flexible for other instructors to use
    Finding materials online
    Planning the course schedule
    Excited about?
    Reaching a greater audience than F2F
    Using new technology tools
    Working with online students
    Having a complete course template for future use
  • 10. Feedback from Faculty Content Experts
    Anticipated issues with course delivery:
    Adjusting for students with lower skills with technology
    Loss of interaction with local community/ experts (e.g. in class guest speakers)
    A lot of grading
    Keeping up with feedback for students, especially discussion posts
    Facilitating thorough asynchronous discussions
    Using available synchronous technologies
  • 11. Melissa A. Venable, PhDmvenable@kaplan.eduwww.mvenable.wordpress.com