Assigning Credit HoursAssumptions Credit hours are based on instruction and work assigned. Required and recommended resources are completed using critical thinking concepts and tools. o Reader has a purpose, raises questions, uses information, utilizes concepts, makes inferences, identifies assumptions, generates implications, embodies a point of view Written assignments are completed using the writing process. o Prewriting, drafting, revision, editing, final draft o Current APA formatting Interactive discussions include analytical thinking and critical reflection. o Responses are understandable, accurate, precise, and relevant, contain complexities and multiple interrelationships, make sense without contradictions, significant, and justifiable. Research includes a comprehensive exploration of sources that provide substantive review of the topic assigned. o Literature review, web-based media, case studies, current events, research data Process Step 1: Identify all course components required in-class. Step 2: Identify all required assignments. Step 3: Identify scheduled hours of class availability.
Step 4: Assign approximate time-on-task for each component using estimations from: Full-time faculty expertise Currently enrolled students Alumni Random sampling of texts Reference librariansRecommendations 1. Determine the minimum number of course components required to meet credit hour requirements. 2. Analyze estimated hours of completion for reading text by measuring lexical density. Lexical Density Tool http://www.usingenglish.com/resources/text-statistics.php Gunning-Fog Formula http://www.idph.state.ia.us/health_literacy/common/pdf/tools/gunning.pdf 3. Require grading of all discussions and assignments with established rubrics.
Graduate Credit Hours = 3 UnitsScheduled :Five weeks, Sunday-Saturday, 24 hours.Required In-class assignments: Required AssignmentsBiweekly announcements Two Discussions Weekly (12 assignments)Syllabus Five Written Assignments (Mid-terms)Course Materials Final Project ( Term Paper)Course Guide Required ReadingsCourse Grading ResearchAbout Discussions Multimedia/Lab AssignmentsStudent Responsibilities and Policies IntroductionTechnology Resources and RequirementsMeet Your Instructor Additional Introductory Course RequirementsFaculty Expectations Critical Thinking ModuleInstructor FeedbackGradebookWeekly Instructor GuidanceWriting (posting) and Reading DiscussionsRequired Responses (22 minimum)Required Resources: Assistive ResourcesTextbooks Disability ServicesMyEducationLab Technology SupportMultimedia ToolsRecommended In-class resources:Ashford eLibrary (Tutorials, credo reference, ebrary, EBSCOHost, ERIC, JSTOR, Mergent, NewsBank,NoodleBib, Project MUSE, ProQuest, Reference USA, RefWorks, SAGE Journals Online, Virtual VerticalFile, Westlaw, WorldCat, World Boook Online)Technical SupportDisability ServicesAshford CaféEmailWebliographyDoc SharingAsk Your InstructorCheck Assignment StatusWaypoint RubricsPractice Items (Study Mate: flashcards, pick a letter, fill in the blanks, matching, crosswords, quiz,challenge , glossary, iPod and small screen device downloads)Ashford Writing CenterTurnitinWriting ReviserRecommended ReadingRecommended Websites
Course Map Example:The course map illustrates the careful design of the course through whicheach learning objective is supported by one or more specific learning activities in order to createintegrity and pedagogical depth in the learning experience and verify credit hours.ECE601 Assignment Course MapLEARNING OUTCOME WEEK ASSIGNMENT1. Analyze the historical developments of 1 ECE Governance early childhood education upon current 3 The Role of Play issues related to public policy and 3 Whole Child Theories advocacy for young children. 6 Effective Advocates 6 Final Paper2. Examine the theories and models of early 1 High-Quality Child Care childhood education as they relate to 2 Degree Program quality programming. 2 Working with Diverse Learners 2 Professional Preparation 3 The Role of Play 3 Whole Child Theories 4 Inclusion 4 Literature Lesson 5 Assessing Young Children 6 Effective Advocates 6 Final Paper3. Identify key issues and trends in early 1 ECE Governance childhood programs. 1 High-Quality Child Care 2 Working with Diverse Learners 2 Professional Preparation 3 The Role of Play 4 Inclusion 4 Literature Lesson 5 Assessing Young Children 6 Parents as Partners 6 Effective Advocates 6 Final Paper4. Examine the professional field of early 2 Degree Program childhood education in understanding the 2 Working with Diverse Learners qualifications, competencies, careers, and 2 Professional Preparation professionalism. 5 Assessing Young Children 6 Final Paper
Credit Hour CalculationsStudent Contact Course components Instructor Guidance Instructional Feedback Introduction Response to classmatesAssignments/Homework Discussions Case Study Debate Survey Analysis Embedded Activities Required Research Critical Thinking Question Answer Relationship (QAR) Blooms Written Assignments Length Research Required Format Required Resources Assigned Reading Videos Additional Learning Resources/Activities Simulations Journals Quizzes Practice Items Labs Portfolios Interactive Assisted Learning Activities Games
Instructor Guidance and FeedbackFull-time faculty has initiated a peer review process that will include requirements for contentdeveloped by course faculty that meets or exceeds the established credit hours and aligned withthe course learning outcomes. The review process will include monitoring of online faculty byboth Full-time faculty and the vertically aligned Instructional Specialists to assure requirementsare met.That content will include:Instructor Guidance RequirementsSupport aligned to all aspects of learning activities that include and are equivalent to a one-hourlecture: o Instructors personal experience and expertise o Examples of best practices in the field o Learning strategies for completing assignments (helpful hints) o A minimum of two additional learning resources (content websites, articles, research, illustrations, case studies, blogs, etc.) o Models and constructs o Inspirational and motivational guidanceInstructor Feedback Requirements Feedback must be completed for 25% of the student population for each threaded discussion with a minimum of one response for every student by the end of course. Instructor response must include a question that elicits critical thinking and requires a substantive student response.Instructional Feedback Requirements (previously identified as Announcements) Provide anticipatory information to facilitate student mastery of weekly learning activities on or before the first day of each week. Provide whole class feedback highlighting student progress and identifying areas for further discussion between days four and five of the week. At least two digital assets must be included within Instructional Feedback over the duration of the course. o Digital assets include video, images, hyperlinks, apps, Web 2.0 tools, wigits, audio, etc. Inspirational and motivational guidance.
Proposed Instructor Discussion Board Response Matrix (March 1, 2012 Update) Jeff Hall/Morgan Johnson DRAFTResponse requirements for courses with Teaching AssistantsEnrollment Forum Required Response Faculty Time Rate Required*40 or less enrolled Post your Introduction 100% Up to 4 hrs40 or less enrolled Weekly Discussion Forums (1 & 2) 40 responses 4 hrsResponse requirements for undergraduate courses without Teaching AssistantsEnrollment Forum Required Response Faculty Time Rate Required*40 or less enrolled Post your Introduction 100% Up to 4 hrs25-39 enrolled Weekly Discussion Forums (1 & 2) 25 responses 2.5 hrs15-24 enrolled Weekly Discussion Forums (1 & 2) 30 responses 3 hrs14 or less enrolled Weekly Discussion Forums (1 & 2) 100% in each forum Up to 2.8 hrsResponse requirements for graduate coursesEnrollment Forum Required Response Faculty Time Rate Required**40 or less enrolled Post your Introduction 100% Up to 4 hrs25 or more enrolled Weekly Discussion Forums (1 & 2) 15 responses 2.5 hrs11 – 24 enrolled Weekly Discussion Forums (1 & 2) 20 responses 3.33 hrs10 or less enrolled Weekly Discussion Forums (1 & 2) 100% in each forum Up to 3.33 hrs*Time allotted for each discussion response: 6 minutes undergraduate**Time allotted for each discussion response: 10 minutes graduate, except introductionAdditional activities for remaining hours: Assignment evaluation for courses without TA (use of Waypoint or course rubric required) Discussion board grading (use of discussion board grading rubric required for all instructors) Follow-up discussion responses (i.e. student response to instructor response) Weekly guidance Announcements (a.k.a. instructional feedback) E-mail Faculty expectations & instructor information page (Week 1 only)
CREDIT HOUR EQUIVALENCY CALCULATIONSEvidence of Course Learning Outcome MasteryCourse: Estimated StudentCourse Component Academic Engagement Actual TOTAL TimeFORMATIVE WRITTEN 150 min/page ASSIGNMENTSSUMMATIVE WRITTEN 300 min/page ASSIGNMENTSDISCUSSIONS: initial 120 min/discussion posts and responsesMULTIMEDIA 45 minutes/minute or per slide PRESENTATIONS 60 minutesREFLECTIVE JOURNALS Evaluated on a case-by-caseCOLLABORATIVE GROUP basis, not to exceed 10 PROJECTS hoursCASE STUDIES ANALYSIS 120 min/page 45 minutes/questionINTERVIEWS 4 minutes/item plus 45 minutesQUESTIONNAIRES for instrument layout/formattingQUIZZES 30 150 minCOMPREHENSIVE EXAM TOTAL MINUTES
CREDIT HOUR EQUIVALENCY DEFINITIONSReview of Required ResourcesCourse: Estimated StudentCourse Component Academic Engagement Actual TOTAL TimeTEXTBOOKS 6 min/page of assigned readingSCHOLARLY JOURNAL 12 min/ page of assigned ARTICLES readingVIDEOS Video run timeRESEARCH 90 min/resourceWEBSITES 30 min/URLSTATISTICAL/DATA 10 min/page of assigned reading ANALYSISINSTRUCTOR GUIDANCE 60 min/week 30 minutes/assignmentINSTRUCTIVE FEEDBACK (excluding discussions and reflective journals) TOTAL MINUTES TOTAL HOURS TOTAL CREDITS
In order to begin implementation of the approved credit hour policy the course development process will be amended to include the following:Program Placement 1 Term selector (control used to search taxonomy)Credit Hour Requirement 1 1, 3 or 4 List Box/Drop DownCredit Hours Summary 1 3 credits AutofillRequired Materials Summary 1 text, articles, journals, video, Autofill from multi-media course pages within the courseRecommended Materials Summary 1 Text, articles, journals, video, Autofill from multi-media course pages within the courseHyperlink Summary 1 A list of all the hyperlinks Autofilled from listed within each course page course pages with the courseReviewer Notes 1 “This is an example of a Free Text comment for…” Credit Hour Requirement= the faculty developer will be advised of the number of credit awarded for each course they are developing. Credit Hour Requirement= the faculty developer will be advised of the number of total hours necessary to fulfill the credit hour requirement for the course being developed. A summary of the credit hour policy will be included. Required Materials Summary=Required materials will be summarized here with the total number of credit hours awarded Hyperlink Summary= Required hyperlink materials will be summarized here with the total number of credit hours awarded Assigned Learning Activities: Developers will be required to create a variety of learning activities that align with the course learning outcomes and are supported by required resources. The combined total of all components must meet or exceed the required number of credit hours. Learning 1 Discussion or Checkbox group X Resources Assignment Discussion 2 Credit Hours HTML Edit Box *QAR A variety can Question/Answer
Relationship be used Debate Analysis In the Book (animation, *QAR (comprehension) video, Supporting Research Think and image)Can Contextual Research Search(compile) # of Required Book and Student we build a Response (inference/application) dropdown list Upload additional On Their Own to the side? items (synthesis)Written 2 Credit Hours HTML Edit Box Rubrics A variety canAssignment Page Requirement be used (Jing, Research Required Format PowerPoint, word document)Journal 2 Credit Hours HTML edit box Standard Rubric Critical Reflection Analysis 30 minutes per entry Personal ReflectionSimulations 2 Credit Hours Hyperlink or Game Requirements Length Simulation embedded Requirements Input required Outcomes platform TutorialsCase Studies 2 Credit Hours HTML edit box, Outcome Length Requirements attachment Analysis Application and/or hyperlink or embedded platformQuizzes 2 Credit Hours Embedded Format Amount of material # of Questions quizzing tool coveredPractice 2 Flashcards Embedded tool A variety canItems No Credit Hours to create be used formats from (flashcards, new content concentration, games)Labs 2 Credit Hours Embedded toolSurveys 2 Credit Hours Embedded toolInstructor 2 Credit Hours HTML edit boxNotesPortfolios 2 Credit Hours HTML edit boxAn Instructional Designer for each college will verify the Course Map for each completeddevelopment to ensure the validity of the calculated credit hours.