The Successes and the Challenges of Using a “High-touch”, Team-based Approach to Build a New Hybrid Online MPH Program From the Ground Up

Concurrent Session 1

Session Materials

Brief Abstract

Innovation in higher education is often hindered by adherence to traditional roles and teaching practices. At The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice we are working to change that culture. Our team-based approach while challenging, is slowly changing the way we support students in their quest to change healthcare.


I am currently the Instructional Design Manager at The Dartmouth Institute (TDI) at Dartmouth College. In this role, I am responsible for the management and redesign of the online certificate program in the Fundamentals of Value-Based Health Care that is organized through my office. I work directly with faculty to redesign the educational materials to best meet the learning needs of the certificate cohort by leveraging various e-learning tools. In addition, I am a part of the team responsible for the redesign of the Masters of Public Health (MPH) curriculum as well as the creation of a Hybrid MPH at TDI. I have a BA in Psychology and Education from Wheaton College and an MBA with a concentration in Leadership from Franklin Pierce University. I also completed a graduate certificate in Instructional Design from UW-Stout in 2015.
I am currently an Instructional Designer at Dartmouth, working primarily on launching our new online Master's of Public Health program. I came to higher education by way of K-12 where I served as a Technology integrator and Coordinator for over 15 years. I enjoy working with faculty to focus their ideas and translate them into effective e-learning opportunities. I particularly appreciate the opportunity to work with a talented academic and creative team to get this new project launched. I have a B.A. in English and Spanish from Emory University and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Marlboro College.

Extended Abstract

The purpose of this presentation is to help audience members capitalize on some of the lessons we have learned, and avoid some of the pitfalls in developing a new hybrid Master’s program. Topics we will discuss include:

·      Design of the program

·      Design of the rhythm of the week

·      Articulating the needs of adult learners, in an online setting, with faculty who are used to
     traditional face-to-face teaching methods

·      Incorporating student feedback to improve course design and content in real-time

·      Encouraging intentionality when planning materials for online courses

·      Challenges in motivating subject matter experts to work with Instructional Designers to create
     learning materials to meet the needs of online learners

·      Challenges in finding the right collaborative tools to facilitate the exchange of materials/ideas

A course development case will be presented to the participants which incorporates the above points.  Participants will be encouraged to problem solve with the presenters on possible solutions as well as sustainability ideas.  Participants will be offered 3 key planning tools that were utilized during this development and delivery process that can be modified to be used in other institutions.