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    • Effective Course Design Moderator Lisa Marie Johnson Ashford University (CA) Presenters Ruth Markulis University of Maryland University College (MD) Michael Samman Berkeley College (NY)The leap from the traditional classroom to the online world can still be disorienting for many teachers and students. In thissession our panelists will demonstrate how employing best practices and instructional design theory can prepare faculty todesign online courses that take into account the challenges students face in succeeding in a dynamic online-learningenvironment. The presentation will provide tips on effective project management, determining learning objectives, workingwith design teams, and transforming static instructional content into interactive, dynamic, and engaging learningexperiences that challenge learners.
    • Effective Course Design Ruth Markulis Instructional Technologist Center for Teaching and LearningOffice of Instructional Services and Support University of Maryland University College ruth.markulis@umuc.edu 240-684-2751
    • Effective Course DesignMS Cybersecurity Program
    • Effective Course DesignEffective Project Management
    • Effective Course Design Managing Complexity• Curriculum – Interactive Modules – Case Studies and Virtual Labs – Capstone Simulation• University-wide effort of collaborative teams• Integrate efforts from many disciplines and skill sets
    • Effective Course Design Effective Project ManagementStrategies That Worked Well• Weekly Excel Project Plan Tracking Sheets – Staffing, Tasks, and Due Dates – Completed Items – Pending Items – Yellow and Red Alerts
    • Effective Course Design Effective Project ManagementStrategies That Worked Well• Weekly Project Status Reports and Meetings – Delayed Tasks and Milestones and Impacts – Accomplishments – Pending Items – Concerns and Recommended Actions – Remarks
    • Effective Course Design Effective Project ManagementStrategies That Worked Well• Making all assumptions explicit• Explaining dependencies• Flexibility – Adding or realigning resources and contingency plans• Sharepoint as document repository – Version Control/Archive
    • Effective Course Design Effective Project ManagementStrategies That Worked Well• Details! – Include a deadline in the subject line of emails for time- sensitive materials • Urgent-Please respond by date – Include vacation schedules, holidays – Scheduled check in conference calls
    • Effective Course DesignEffective Course Design
    • Effective Course DesignInstructional Design Model
    • Effective Course Design The ProcessApproved CurriculumPreliminary Module PlansStory Board Phase
    • Effective Course Design The ProcessProduction Phase-Alpha, Beta, GoldQuality Control-Feedback LoopsChange Management Database
    • Effective Course Design Subject Matter Expert SupportStrategies That Worked Well• Subject Matter Expert Training Workshop – Policies and Procedures/Roles Expectations – Research and Writing – Unique, Accurate Master’s Level Content – Case Study and Simulation Ideas for Critical Thinking – Best Practices and Current Thinking in the Field – Quality Assurance
    • Effective Course Design Review TeamsStrategies That Worked Well• “Bug Sheets” – Content, Graphics, Technical• Active Discussion in Wimba/WebEx• Lead SME has final word• Requested changes/clarifications• Continuous quality improvement
    • Effective Course Design Review TeamsStrategies That Worked Well• Initially a long process• Became streamlined• Led to proactive change in design/process – Moved editorial review and intellectual property review earlier in process
    • Effective Course DesignTools for Interactivity
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    • Effective Course DesignTools for Interactivity
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    • Effective Course DesignTools for Interactivity
    • Effective Course Design Faculty SupportStrategies That Worked Well• Model classroom• Orientation each semester• Faculty classroom for discussion/questions• Ongoing meetings as needed• Teaching/lab assistants
    • Effective Course DesignGoing Mobile-Best Practices Has your campus experimented with mobile devices to deliver content? Please share your experiences.
    • Effective Course Design Going Mobile-Best Practices• Feature Phones 12 keys, digital camera, media player• Smart Phones Third party applications for productivity• PDAs QWERTY keyboard and stylus for organizational tasks• iPads More features for light work, presentations, interactive learning
    • Effective Course DesignGoing Mobile-Best Practices How many mobile devices are there worldwide? What impact is this having on educational institutions?
    • Effective Course Design Going Mobile-Best PracticesGartner Group 2011• 5.6 billion mobile phones worldwide• 80% of world’s population• $315 billion in revenue
    • Effective Course Design Going Mobile-Best Practices The State of the Mobile Web in Higher Ed February 2012 (267 institutions)– 59% provide a mobile solution (37% in 2011)– 39% plan to develop a mobile solution– 2% no plan
    • Effective Course DesignGoing Mobile-Best PracticesStand-alone apps to downloadMobile optimized version of Web SiteAugmented reality
    • Effective Course Design Going Mobile-Best Practices The State of the Mobile Web in Higher Ed February 2012 (267 institutions)– 56% plan a dedicated mobile Web site– 26% plan to develop device-specific apps
    • Effective Course Design Going Mobile-Best Practices The State of the Mobile Web in Higher Ed February 2012 (267 institutions)– 73 % developed by faculty staff– 20% developed by vendor– 65% no special budget for mobile
    • Effective Course Design Going Mobile-Best PracticesDevelop a Mobile Strategy• Why are you going mobile?• Determining appropriate content• Interactivity-solving a real problem – Checking sports scores – Checking weather, directions, maps – Flight reservations – News updates
    • Effective Course Design Going Mobile-Best PracticesDevelop a Mobile Strategy• Balance business goals vs. constraints• How does mobile presence help organization achieve its goals?• Audience goals-What does user want to accomplish? What is the value-added proposition?
    • Effective Course Design Going Mobile-Best Practices Develop a Mobile Strategy What do you think would be appropriateeducational content for mobile devices based on these commercial applications?
    • Effective Course Design Going Mobile-Best Practices Good Mobile Design• Designing for mobile devices is different than designing for the Web• Don’t take an existing Web page and make it smaller• Limit content and plan content categories and navigation carefully
    • Effective Course Design Going Mobile-Best Practices Primary Navigation Header NavigationMenu Content Content Navigation Footer Footer
    • Effective Course Design Going Mobile-Best PracticesDesign Challenges or Constraints• Variety of devices and browsers• Older devices• Screen size and keypad design• Embedded objects and scripts not supported• Frames not supported• Flash not supported
    • Effective Course Design Going Mobile-Best PracticesDesign Challenges or Constraints• Pop-up windows not supported• Linking to external resources adds time and cost to page views
    • Effective Course Design Going Mobile-Best PracticesGood Mobile Design• Must be device specific – Target devices• Must render properly – 128 X 160 pixels• Must load quickly• Must not crash the browser
    • Effective Course Design Going Mobile-Best PracticesGood Mobile Design• File sizes are small, under 10 Kb• Customization – Site should remember user information and preferences and load them when user returns to site
    • Effective Course Design Going Mobile-Best PracticesGood Mobile Design• Handset detection-serving correct version of mobile content – http://deviceatlas.com• Dynamic content formatting• URL redirects• Register domain names
    • Effective Course Design Going Mobile-Best PracticesDeveloping Standards• W3C Initiatives – Mobile Web Best Practices Working Group – Device Description Working Group • Consistent, complete User-Agent Profiles (UA-Profs)• Open Mobile Alliance (OMA)
    • Effective Course Design Going Mobile-Best PracticesW3C Mobile Web Working Group• XHTML Basic and XHTML MP 1.0 – Character Encoding-UTF 8 – XHTML MP 1.0 Doctype-tells browsers how to render content – List of MIME types on server-add XHTML
    • Effective Course Design Going Mobile-Best PracticesW3C Mobile Web Working Group• XHTML Basic and XHTML MP 1.0 – Search engines use page titles – Wireless CSS stylesheets lower page size• Use Wireless Markup Language (WML) for older mobile browsers• HTML 5 and Java
    • Effective Course Design Going Mobile-Best PracticesDesign Considerations• Use <div> or <dl> tags, not <table>• Use server side includes (SSI), not frames• Place navigation in content page• Use accesskeys (numbers on keypad) to link to content and limit links to 10 or fewer per page• Prioritize links by popularity• Use brief forms if at all – Use radio buttons and drop-down menus rather than text boxes
    • Effective Course Design Going Mobile-Best PracticesDesign Considerations for Images• Image width should by under 120 pixels• Avoid images containing dense information• Specify pixel height and width so these do not have to be calculated by the device which increases rendering time• Omit image maps as there usually is no pointing device• Always use alt tags
    • Effective Course Design Going Mobile-Best PracticesTesting• Prototyping and Usability Testing• Desktop testing• Emulator testing• Device testing-Prepaid SIM cards – http://wurfl.sourceforge.net/ – http://www.uaprof.com/ – http://www.developershome.com/wap/detection/detection.asp?page=uaprof
    • Effective Course Design Going Mobile-Best PracticesReferences and ResourcesW3C Mobile Web Best Practices Basic Guidelines – http://www.w3.org/TR/mobile-bp/Global Authoring Practices – http://www.passani.it/gap/mobiReady Tool evaluates your Web page – http://ready.mobi/launch.jsp?locale=en_EN
    • Effective Course Design Going Mobile-Best PracticesReferences and ResourcesDot-mobi domain approved by Internet Corporation ofAssigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) in 2006 – http://news.cnet.com/2100-1039_3-6075779.htmlMobile Web Best Practices, Case Studies, and Statistics – http://www.mobithinking.com/Open Mobile Alliance – http://www.openmobilealliance.org/
    • Effective Course Design Going Mobile-Best PracticesReferences and ResourcesHorizon Report 2012 – http://www.nmc.org/pdf/2012-horizon-report-HE.pdfAccessibility – http://www.w3.org/WAI/mobile/
    • Effective Course Design Michael SammanDirector, Online Faculty Support and Instructional Design Berkeley College - New York / New Jersey mls@BerkeleyCollege.edu 973-278-5400 ext.1650
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    • Effective Course Design Moderator Lisa Marie Johnson Ashford University (CA) Presenters Ruth Markulis University of Maryland University College (MD) Michael Samman Berkeley College (NY)The leap from the traditional classroom to the online world can still be disorienting for many teachers and students. In thissession our panelists will demonstrate how employing best practices and instructional design theory can prepare faculty todesign online courses that take into account the challenges students face in succeeding in a dynamic online-learningenvironment. The presentation will provide tips on effective project management, determining learning objectives, workingwith design teams, and transforming static instructional content into interactive, dynamic, and engaging learningexperiences that challenge learners.