Design and Development Services (DDS) has just completed it’s ninth “Designing and Developing Your Online Course Workshop”. This workshop was created to help faculty members with the development of their online and hybrid courses. To date, we have had 94 faculty members here at UA complete the workshop.
Our workshop focuses predominantly on how to streamline information for students, how to use Springboard to its fullest potential, and how to apply sound pedagogical practices in an online environment. In addition, we cover a wide variety of topics, which include:
- Redesigning a syllabus for an online course
- Developing the structure of a course
- Customization of the homepage and navigation bar
- Creating an online gradebook
- Developing scoring rubrics and dropboxes
- Establishing online discussion forums
- Selecting and creating assessments
- Course automation through intelligent agents and release conditions
- Designing a collaborative group work location through Wiggio
- How to use eReserves, Creative Commons and Fair Use when developing online courses
- External Web 2.0 Tools such as Prezi, Google Drive, Visual.ly, and TubeChop
- Creating video introductions for an online course
- Lecture capture with Panopto
- Creating interactive presentations with Storyline / Zaption / GoAnimate
- Using ePortfolio
- Creating surveys with Qualtrics
- Teaching synchronously with WebEx
- Apps in the classroom and Gamification
Attendees of the workshops represent a wide variety of departments from across campus. Most of the instructors had previous experience with Springboard, but everyone comes in with differing skill levels. Part of our role in DDS is to assess where each faculty member is with their comfort level using Springboard, and to help them acquire the knowledge needed to be successful in running their online course. In order to do this, each instructor is assigned an instructional / curriculum designer, who meets one-on-one with them each session during open lab time. This helps to ensure that their course development stays on track, and provides a great opportunity to get some individualized attention.
To help faculty members visualize the knowledge they have mastered thus far, we utilize badges for each major lesson. During the Fall workshop, instructors could see how much progress they were making simply by taking a look at each others name cards. Another advantage to issuing badges is that it promotes conversation and idea sharing. We award instructors with “great comment” and “great question” badges.
We have received wonderful feedback from our instructors:
“Overall, workshop instructors and facilitators are knowledgeable, helpful, and very personable. The workshop environment is easy-going and non-threatening. I’m learning a lot and looking forward to applying newly acquired Springboard skills!!”
“Most importantly, I became more comfortable navigating the Springboard interface. Since most of what I knew prior to [each] session was self-taught, I discovered additional meaning & process behind what I previously blindly utilized.”
“In the past, I’ve simply emailed materials & links to students. This should be much more useful in terms of linking them to useful data with minimal confusion.”
“”Online teaching tools and embedding media were the most enjoyable sessions. These two sessions were very informative because the material presented was entirely new to me and I now have choices on how to create certain aspects of my online course. I appreciated the variety of tools presented allowing ample opportunity for me to customize my course with a certain level of comfort and professionalism.”
“I most enjoyed the showcase. It was a lot of fun to see how each professor incorporated some of the learned techniques into their classes. It was especially interesting to see how online courses differ from discipline to discipline.”
Our next workshop is scheduled to be on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00PM to 4:00PM beginning February 9th and ending on April 26th. Sessions will be held in the College of Business Administration, Room 202 unless otherwise specified.
To register for the upcoming Spring 2015 workshop, please click here.