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Increasing Departmental andUniversity Community with an Asynchronous Online Orientation Jozenia Colorado, Ph.D. Assistant Professor Marcus D. Childress, Ph.D. Professor and Chair Presented at 2012 Summer Institute For Distance Learning and Instructional Technology August 3, 2012
Departmental andUniversity Community• Who Are We?• Previous 2008 Study• Current Efforts to Build Community• New Online Orientation – Design – Demonstration – Initial Feedback
About ESU IDT• Department formed in 1996 – Pre-service instructional technology courses for P-12 education majors – Master of Science in Instructional Design and Technology• The only IDT Master of Science degree in Kansas• Entirely online in 2000• Currently active students in MS program: 200+
Graduate Credit HoursFY 2001- FY 2007 ESU Data Book 2007
Geographic Distribution of StudentsKansas City MetroArea: 62
Placement• Technology Coordinators/Administrators – P-12, Community College, University• Instructional Designers• Corporate Trainers• Department of Defense Instructional Designers & Contractor Instructional Designers• Healthcare Professionals• Advanced Graduate Studies – Ph.D. programs
PlacementIn addition to P-12 and higher education employment, recent graduates positions include:• Trainer, National Weather Service, NOAA• Project Manager, Simulation Technology, Business Transformation Services, IBM• Corporate Trainer, Training and Marketing Authoring Network Department, John Deere• Instructional Systems Specialist, Training Directorate, US Army• Training Specialist, Cubic Defense Applications Group• Multimedia Developer, Cubic Defense Applications Group• Senior Training Specialist, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta• Chief Director of Operations, The Blissett Group (Learning solutions/workplace performance consulting firm)• Instructional Designer, ADR Book Print and Multimedia
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2008 Study Results-Departmental(Spurgin & Childress, 2009)• Students reported a low sense of connection with the department and a low likelihood that they would stay in touch after completing the program• While comments variously lauded the department’s program, commented that the amount of community was fine, and noted students’ responsibility in building community, no respondent described the existence of an interaction-rich departmental community.
2008 Study Results-University(Spurgin & Childress, 2009)• Similar to Departmental Trends• Low inclination to donate money to the university• Low inclination to join the alumni association
Design – Needs Analysis• General program information• Student support services• What to expect in an online course/how to be successful in an online program• Information about the department and the university• Videos and pictures about the university• Video and/or audio clips from faculty and alumni.
Design – Needs Analysis• Format: Asynchronous Online• No longer than 60 minutes• Delivered through LMS to help track participation data
Development• Used Moodle LMS – Ease of Administration• Variety of Media – Welcome and Introduction from Chair – Faculty Tips – IDT Faculty Intro – Alumni Testimonials• Interactive Tutorials Developed in Adobe Captivate
Initial Feedback on Orientation• “I wish I had a course like this when I started IDT. Very thorough and I even learned some things I didnt know after 2 years in the program! I enjoyed the Captivate modules”; “This course is something the IDT program desperately needed for their new students! The fact that it finally exists is fantastic!”• “It is thorough. But, its a bit scattered and could be confusing to navigate.” I think the course as a whole is really well done!! The information is so valuable and exactly what an incoming student needs fantastic work.
Initial Feedback on Orientation• “Because I have already been to campus so many times that I found this training a bit redundant, but I do think it would be very useful to distance students.”• “The orientation made me really want to take a little trip and come meet the faculty. I may have to plan something between school starting, my teaching starting, and vacation. I would love to meet you all in person!”
Methodology• Three Groups: – New Students, n=10 – IDT Students admitted BEFORE Spring 2012, n=18 – Non-IDT Students in Other Online Programs, (To Be Implemented, Fall 2012)• Average Completed Credit Hours: – New Students • Online – 3.6 • Face-to-Face - .75 – Admitted IDT Students • Online – 30.7 • Face-to-Face – 3
Ongoing Data Collection• Survey Instrument• Similar items to 2008 Study• Purpose – Measure Current Departmental and University Community – Measure Effectiveness of Current Efforts to Increase Community
Eventual Data Analysis• Compare Data to 2008 Study Results: – Are we doing any better 4 years later? – If so, what events make the difference?• Compare IDT Data to Other Programs – Other programs do not give any, or as many, opportunities for building community• Does it even matter? – Student/Faculty Perceptions – Student Satisfaction with Program
References• Spurgin, D. G. & Childress, M.D. (2009). Effects of University and Departmental Community on Online Learners. EDUCAUSE Quarterly, 32(4). Retrieved from http://www.educause.edu/EDUCAUSE+Quarterly/EDUC AUSEQuarterlyMagazineVolum/EffectsofUniversityandD epartme/192958• Gopalakrishnan, P., Colorado, J.T., & Childress, M.D. (2012) Increasing Student Satisfaction, Departmental and University Community with an Asynchronous Online Orientation for a Online Graduate Program. Proposal to be presented at AECT conference, Louisville, KY.