Blazing a new trail: clearing the obstacles and spurring innovation in online course design among legacy faculty

Concurrent Session 4
Streamed Session

Brief Abstract

Oregon State University has a growing number of legacy faculty who have been teaching the same course online for many years. Learn how we are providing relevant training, incentives, and instructional design support, that respects their experience and helps them overcome obstacles to redeveloping their courses in an innovative way.

Presenters

Karen Watte is an Assistant Director in the Course Development and Training Unit at Oregon State University Ecampus where she coordinates an award-winning faculty development and training program. Karen also serves as a Quality Matters coordinator for the institution. Karen began her career in higher education as a business and computer systems instructor and has been working in the online faculty support field since 2008. Karen holds a Master’s of Business Administration from Oregon State University and an Online Teaching Certificate from OLC.
I am an instructional designers at OSU Ecampus' Course Development and Training Unit. I have a MA in Instructional Technology from Utah State University. I have worked in the field of instructional design , faculty development, and course development since December 2006. I am passionate about pursuing excellence in teaching and learning.

Extended Abstract

Oregon State University has been in operation for over 15 years and has a growing number of legacy faculty who have been teaching the same course online for many years. Many institutions find themselves in the same situation. Many of these legacy faculty now have a need to refresh or redevelop their courses, but they face barriers such as lack of time, training, or incentives to develop more innovative designs. Learn how Oregon State University is providing legacy faculty with relevant training, incentives, and instructional design support, that both respects their experience and helps them overcome obstacles to redeveloping their courses in an innovative way.

First we will identify the barriers that faculty face when approaching a course redevelopment, and then we will give an overview of our collaborative redevelopment process (10 min). Next we will explore the online training that accompanies the redevelopment process and explain how it has been designed to encourage innovation in course design (10 min). Finally, we will showcase three course redevelopment examples. The audience will be asked to participate in analyzing cases and brainstorming solutions. We will close by sharing approaches each faculty member has taken (15 min). We will reserve the remainder of the time for Q&A or additional case studies (10 min).

Participants will receive an electronic copy of our Course Analysis workbook as a template for identifying the focus of course redevelopments. At the end of the session, participants will be able to:

  • Identify barriers to innovation faced by experienced faculty,
  • Describe an innovative solution for each of the barriers,
  • Apply a number of instructional design strategies to approaching online course redevelopments.