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2010 Steering the Course

  1. 1. Steering the Course Creating Excellence and Consistency in eLearning WCET 2010 Annual Conference San Diego, California
  2. 2. Presenters • Paula Bigatel, Ph.D. , Instructional Designer, Penn State World Campus • Michelle Kline, Academic Coordinator, Bachelor of Business Inter-College, Penn State Greater Allegheny and Penn State World Campus • Stephanie Tyworth, Senior Program Manager, and Director of Health Programming, Penn State World Campus
  3. 3. Overview • Session Objectives • Setting the Stage • The BSBIC and its Environs • Communication, Collaboration, and Consistency: A Successful Strategy • Lessons Learned • Applications • Discussion, Q&A
  4. 4. Session Objectives • Identify strategies for fostering inter-institutional communication, collaboration, and cooperation in the development and delivery of an online degree program. • Describe an effective approach for ensuring curricular consistency in courses and programs offered by multiple academic units in multiple formats.
  5. 5. Penn State World Campus • A brief history • Programs • Enrollments • Financial model • Instructional model Timothy Few – BR
  6. 6. The Bachelor of Science in Business • Offered f2f at 17 residential campuses and fully online through World Campus • Student profile • Faculty profile • Curricular variation—to negotiate or not!
  7. 7. The Penn State System
  8. 8. Goals • Gain agreement among 17 diverse institutions on program and course outcomes • Ensure alignment and consistency between the residential programs and the online degree • Develop institutional support for the online program • Involve multiple faculty across the system in both course development and delivery
  9. 9. The Strategy • Syllabus Team – Faculty who teach the course in residence – Designer, program manager, coordinator – Primary author and course reviewers – Collaborate to draft syllabus, select texts, consider activities and assessments – Team involvement throughout development cycle
  10. 10. Phase I – Syllabus Team Retreat Meet and greet Overview of WC develop ment process Overview of timelines and deliverables Syllabus discussion and planning
  11. 11. Examples of Instructional Technologies and Design Approaches • Example 1 – BA 321 - interactive activity • Example 2 – BA 322 – use of web 2.0 technologies i.e., YouTube, Elluminate Live • Focus on use of multimedia and web 2.0 technologies that engage students in student-centered active learning
  12. 12. Phase 2: Course Development Lead author writes content/activities/ assignments Author communicates with Syllabus Team through ANGEL Reviewers suggest improvements and provide input on content Coordinator monitors progress and intervenes as needed
  13. 13. Development timeline (over 2 semesters)
  14. 14. Phase 3: Delivery Lead author teaches first offering Reviewers positioned to instruct future sections Lead author, reviewers gain experience applicable to both f2f and online teaching and course development
  15. 15. Advantages • Variety of perspectives and expertise brought to course. • Courses not tied to specific author • Expanded instructor base • Buy-in from faculty and administrators • Emergency back-up
  16. 16. Disadvantages • Extended course development timeline • Added expense (faculty compensation, travel costs, staff time) • Increased potential for conflict – Curricular disputes – Personality clashes – Work-style differences
  17. 17. Keys to Success • Patience and humor • Strong, respected lead author • Blend of experienced and new(er) faculty on teams • Communication • Flexibility and contingency planning • Swift resolution of “issues”
  18. 18. Beyond the BSBIC • Cross-listed courses • Programs/courses that cut across multiple academic units • General education courses (high enrolling, numerous sections and faculty) • Courses and programs that involve more than one academic institution • Contract or customized programs
  19. 19. Questions/Comments
  20. 20. Thank You • Contact information: –Paula M. Bigatel – pmb6@psu.edu –Michelle Kline – mmk20@psu.edu –Stephanie Tyworth – sst3@psu.edu

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