Supporting Faculty Content Experts

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Supporting Faculty Content Experts

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

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