The Community Course: A MOOC Alternative

Event Date: 
January 31, 2013 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm

This Webinar will explore the concept and development cycle of the Community Course, focusing on exploring alternative approach to designing and delivering a MOOC.
This webinar will provide attendees with:

  • an example MOOC design using the Community of Inquiry Framework

  • recommendations for MOOC support structures

  • opportunities to ask MOOC faculty about their experiences teaching in this environment
Price: $99.00

The first Community Course, Fostering Teaching Excellence within the Community of Inquiry Framework, hosted by the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) at APUS, launched on September 3, 2012. The Community Course was designed to facilitate a cohort of 1,000 enrolled through the Course Commons, with 50 participants enrolled in each Study Group. The Community Course concept came into being when the CTL was faced with delivering professional development to over 2,000 faculty by the end-of-year 2012. After review of 13 individual MOOC approaches, the CTL developed the Community Course model -- our alternative to the MOOC.

Community Course is different from the other workshops offered through the CTL. The format of this five week course allows for individual work on readings, exploration of associated resources, publication of content, shared conversation on forum topics, and group collaboration on learning activities.

Each week, participants have the opportunity to track their progress on the learning journey, and earn a variety of Community Course badges. Success in this course relies on earning at least 4 badges. Upon course completion, participants earn the Teaching Excellence Scholar badge.

This Webinar will highlight the Community Course approach, and explore the similarities and differences that the Community Course shares with the MOOC approach.


Phylise Banner is the Director for Teaching and Curriculum Quality at APUS. Her work focuses primarily on the integration of the Community of Inquiry framework into faculty development initiatives, and the alignment of CTL workshop and outreach programs with effective practices in online course design and delivery. She has been working in the field of online teaching and learning since 1997, planning, designing, developing, and delivering online courses, programs, and faculty development initiatives. She regularly embraces opportunities to experiment with emerging technologies in order to best serve adult students at a distance, and to create communities of lifelong learners. 

She presents regularly at regional, national and international conferences on the topics of faculty development, the CoI framework, instructional design, information design, experience design, social media, information visualization and GIS technologies.

She also teaches Digital Storytelling and Social Media online courses for Empire State College and SUNYIT. Her current research focuses on the use of social media and visualization technologies to establish community and visual presence in the online classroom.

Linda Algozzini served the Los Angeles Schools as an Instructional Advisor, Coordinator and Education Specialist. 
Mrs. Algozzini was responsible for creating and delivering professional trainings and seminars for educators on 
instructional design, delivery, and differentiated instruction while ensuring compliance with the Individuals 
with Disabilities Education Act. 

Mrs. Algozzini has been an educator for thirty-two years in Nebraska, Kansas, New Mexico, Missouri and California.
Throughout her years as an educator, program designer and developer her primary focus centered on infusing best practices 
and research based strategies to close the achievement gap for deficient learners.

Free for Sloan-C members and corporate sponsors, $99 for guests and non-members

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