It’s Not A MOOC! Delivering Quality Online Education To Large Programs

Concurrent Session 8

Brief Abstract

A case study that examines the process and pedagogy of going fully online; examining student feedback, faculty participation, and program assessment and performance.

Presenters

Rebecca Larsen is Regional Site Manager and Instructor in the Political Science Department at Texas Tech University. Based out of the Waco campus, she designs and delivers online and synchronous courses, manages the Political Science department for the Waco regional campus, and oversees the regional Master’s in Public Affairs program. Her degrees are in Communication, Social Work, and Public Affairs, and her background is in nonprofit management, crisis intervention, and policy advocacy.

Extended Abstract

As universities continue to expand enrollments and state legislatures ask for more and more data on student assessment and retention, many departments look to online programs as a potential way to deliver quality education to their students. This presentation looks at one department's experience in converting a massive introductory level course into an online-only program. The process and pedagogy of going fully online is discussed. Then, the presenter will provide discussion of student feedback, faculty participation, and program assessment and performance. The implications of the experience for other departments and faculty members considering this approach will be discussed.