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Collaborative Design for Online Introductory Courses: How to Maximize Time and Resources


Thursday, September 12, 2019
2:00pm - 3:00pm


WAL - Wallace (05),

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Jeremiah Parry-Hill


Jeremiah Parry-Hill

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This is a group viewing of the Magna Webinar described as follows:

In the face-to-face classroom, each faculty member typically designs and teaches their own course with minimal input from departmental colleagues. Based on this method, many colleges and universities have adopted similar models for their online program, where each faculty member, either alone or in collaboration with an instructional designer, creates and teaches their online course.

However, when it comes to online education, this process may be less practical and less effective. If multiple faculty members are teaching the same course online (as is often the case with general studies or other ‘high demand’ courses), it is not an efficient use of departmental time, resources, or compensation to have multiple faculty investing in separate sections of the same course.

This Magna Online Seminar addresses this issue by highlighting a model for department-wide, collaborative online course design that is relevant for introductory or general studies courses. In this model, multiple department faculty collaborate to design an online course shell that can be modified and adapted by any faculty teaching the online class. Numerous goals can be achieved through this model, including streamlining online course development time and resources and creating a high-quality online course that allows for individual faculty to modify and adapt to fit personal preferences. Adapting this model can also increase student engagement due to the ability to introduce students to all the professors in the department, foster excitement about the discipline, and help distance students feel more intimately connected to the academic department.

Here’s What We’ll Cover:

• Collaborative online course design
• New ideas in collaborative course development (department-wide partnership)
• Course design to address content, introduction to department faculty/courses, and connection to department/campus
• Timeline/strategies/process for collaboration among multiple faculty
• Modifiable online course "master" to be shared by multiple faculty teaching the course
• Administrative considerations of collaborative online course development (policy, compensation, philosophy, culture, alignment)

Learning Goals:
Upon completion of this seminar, participants will be able to:
• Implement a process to collaborate with departmental colleagues to create a shared online course shell for high-demand courses
• Create departmental policies and procedures to support collaborative online course design
• Maximize departmental/faculty time and resources in the development of high-quality online courses

Who Should Attend?
• Faculty teaching online
• Faculty with oversight of online education
• Department administrators of online programs
• Instructional designers