Corritore Back to Basics Poster

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This is the poster presentation at SLOAN 2009 entitled Sucessful Onine Courses: Back to Basics with Successful Business Approaches. Given by C.L. Corritore, Creighton University.

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Corritore Back to Basics Poster

  1. 1. <ul><li>Cynthia L. Corritore, Ph.D. College of Business Creighton University </li></ul><ul><li>Omaha, NE </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>Successful Online Courses: Back to Basics with Successful Business Approaches
  2. 2. Problems at the start .... <ul><li>non-technical MBA students </li></ul><ul><li>students from diverse programs </li></ul><ul><li>online fairly new to the College (and to students) </li></ul><ul><li>networking critical in business school </li></ul>
  3. 3. Problems at the start .... <ul><li>bad experience with online course in late 1990s - too much technology </li></ul><ul><li>deep knowledge and love of technology </li></ul><ul><li>proponent of active learning - how take this online? </li></ul>
  4. 4. Positives at the start .... <ul><li>financial support </li></ul><ul><li>entire year to develop </li></ul><ul><li>resources - expert course developers, online program director, Dean and Chair support </li></ul><ul><li>my knowledge human-computer interaction design and technology </li></ul>
  5. 5. Positives at the start .... <ul><li>students time commitments </li></ul><ul><li>student internships all over country </li></ul><ul><li>required course </li></ul><ul><li>CU College of Business reputation in local business community </li></ul>
  6. 6. The start <ul><li>Re-engineered the course completely </li></ul><ul><li>then conceptualized putting the new course online </li></ul><ul><li>student input about online courses </li></ul><ul><li>became a student in a semester-long online course </li></ul>
  7. 7. Goals of Technology Used <ul><li>provide a clear advantage to learning </li></ul><ul><li>provide experiences “not possible” onsite </li></ul><ul><li>does not have extensive learning curve </li></ul><ul><li>easy to implement (for me) </li></ul>
  8. 8. Faculty role <ul><li>behind the scenes </li></ul><ul><li>not the focus of the classroom </li></ul><ul><li>expert crafting the best learning experience for the content </li></ul>
  9. 9. My 9 Core Components 1. Weekly chapter readings from textbook 2. Weekly readings from popular press 3. Weekly Color Commentary podcast (20 min.) 4. Weekly blog discussion of textbook readings 5. Weekly blog discussion popular press readings
  10. 10. My 9 Core Components 6. Weekly blog posting of speaker questions 7. Weekly one hour CIO webinar 8. Weekly team reflections 9. Formal IS research paper
  11. 11. Facilitating technologies <ul><li>e-book and audio book </li></ul><ul><li>simple website gateway </li></ul><ul><li>blogs for discussions </li></ul><ul><li>podcasts (optional RSS feed) </li></ul><ul><li>Google Docs for collaborative writing </li></ul><ul><li>Online VoIP webinar system </li></ul>
  12. 12. Year One <ul><li>Permanent teams of five (eclectic) </li></ul><ul><li>Sunday - read materials, listen to podcast </li></ul><ul><li>Monday - start posting to two team blogs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>post daily M - Sat </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>e-book textbook and audio popular press book </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Wednesday - meet online 6 - 7 PM for Webinar </li></ul>
  13. 13. Year One Outcomes <ul><li>richer discussions - more in-depth demonstration of knowledge, synthesis, application of content to business and experience </li></ul><ul><li>better papers - handled content at a higher level, more international integration, consideration of scenarios outside their immediate business field </li></ul><ul><li>strong ties to other students in the class </li></ul><ul><li>learned variety of technology tools relevant to careers </li></ul>
  14. 14. Year One Outcomes <ul><li>higher course evaluations </li></ul><ul><li>average faculty evaluation “I don’t know how to evaluate the faculty role in this course - so different from a traditional classroom” </li></ul><ul><li>hate of e-book, dislike of audio book </li></ul><ul><li>“ alot of technologies to learn” </li></ul><ul><li>attending webinar during other classes </li></ul><ul><li>too much blogging </li></ul><ul><li>best part of webinar 20 min. Q&A </li></ul>
  15. 15. Year Two Changes <ul><li>all books paper </li></ul><ul><li>webinar phone bridge </li></ul><ul><li>webinar rotated Tues or Weds </li></ul><ul><li>webinar time change 5-6 PM </li></ul><ul><li>webinar changed to 20 min. talk about company, 40 min Q&A </li></ul><ul><li>CMS (Angel) with custom schedule widget </li></ul><ul><li>Video how-to snippets available for technologies </li></ul>
  16. 16. Year Two Outcomes <ul><li>high course evaluations </li></ul><ul><li>average faculty evaluation “I don’t know how to evaluate the faculty role in this course - so different from a traditional classroom” </li></ul><ul><li>anecdotal - deeper involvement with content, strong student tiels </li></ul><ul><li>liked Angel - everything in one place </li></ul><ul><li>less problems with webinar audio </li></ul><ul><li>too much blogging </li></ul><ul><li>complaint of poor student etiquette in webinar </li></ul>
  17. 17. Year Three Changes <ul><li>post to each blog daily M - F (no Sat) </li></ul><ul><li>added another popular press book </li></ul><ul><li>new webinar system in CMS (use phone bridge) </li></ul><ul><li>new additional online course evaluation questions added to standard course evaluation </li></ul>
  18. 18. Year Three Outcomes <ul><li>high course evaluations </li></ul><ul><li>above average faculty evaluation (not as high as onsite) </li></ul><ul><li>anecdotal - deeper involvement with content, strong student ties </li></ul><ul><li>liked Angel - everything in one place </li></ul><ul><li>less problems with webinar system </li></ul><ul><li>Germany time zones and broadband access ... </li></ul><ul><li>complaint of poor student etiquette in webinar </li></ul>
  19. 19. Year Four? <ul><li>e-books (perhaps year five? mainstreaming ...) </li></ul><ul><li>social networking software - which ones? what use? </li></ul><ul><li>virtual online community building? </li></ul><ul><li>wrap-around wiki discussion of popular press book </li></ul><ul><li>YouTube spot summary of paper - rest of class comments </li></ul><ul><li>Meet and Greet webinar </li></ul><ul><li>Enroll Bill Gates in the course .... </li></ul>
  20. 20. To read more about this topic, see The Reluctant Professor eLearn Magazine (archive, under Corritore) www.elearnmag.org

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