Templates: Who, What, When, Where, Why and How!
Concurrent Session 4
Successful use of templates across differing faculty and situations at an institution can be tough! We will share success strategies for developing and deploying course development and LMS templates promoting quality and consistency. We will discuss the considerations that helped us decide the who, what, when, where, why, and how!
Successful use of templates across differing faculty and situations at an institution can be tough! A year and a half ago, our institution hired two instructional designers for the first time to provide support to faculty developing online courses and implement quality in the online programs. As instructional designers with over twenty years of experience collectively, we know the importance of organization, consistency, and quality in online courses, but needed to find a way to implement quality and support across different programs, faculty members, and situations. One of our first tasks was to implement the Quality Matters Program, which gave us standards to use to measure and build our courses. Next was developing and deploying templates that supported Quality Matters and would work to benefit both our faculty and students. This presentation will cover the who, what, when, where, and most importantly the how and why of our approach to templating.
We’ve created syllabus, course outline, and module development templates to guide faculty through the development process for a new online or hybrid course. These templates are based on Quality Matters Standards and take into consideration the many different ways that a faculty member may go about developing a course. Our syllabus template alone meets thirteen specific review standards from the QM Rubric! By following these templates during the course development process, faculty benefit from saving time and frustration, and students benefit from being able to take a high quality courses and have a positive experience with online learning and our institution! We will show and discuss these templates and give session participants the opportunity to obtain these templates for their own use.
Next, we will share our learning management system templates. Great consideration, planning, and testing went into the development of these templates, as we have many different types of online courses. We developed one template for all courses and one for new courses that also included all of the elements from the template for all courses. Many of our decisions to add certain elements to the template were the result of a student survey with over 750 responses, which we will showcase. We will share success strategies and a checklist for developing and deploying these templates that promote quality and consistency.
Throughout the presentation, we will be engaging the audience by asking for their input through polls and brainstorming tools and will share the results live during the session. Questions and comments on the presentation topic may be submitted throughout the presentation through a live short-answer poll. We will leave time at the end to answer as many questions as we can, but since we will have a record of the questions submitted, we will ask anyone interested in learning more or hearing the answers to remaining questions to provide us with their e-mail address and we will be in touch after the conference.