Scaling Program Design Using a Program Roadmap
Concurrent Session 4
In this session, we present a roadmapping tool used to scale program design for rapid course development. Using an interactive presentation, we will test-drive this tool and consider how it could be customized and implemented at different institutions.
Designing and developing even a single online course is a challenge. How can we scale this process to maintain quality and continuity across an entire program? At the University of Maryland University College, we developed a simple tool that enables us to rapidly design entire programs, ensure continuity across courses, and remain enmeshed in the details of an individual course development. Furthermore, this tool can be adapted to fit the needs of any institution.
We will begin our session by inviting participants to briefly share challenges they have experienced in scaling course design and development. We will segue into an interactive demonstration of our program roadmapping tool, forming cross-functional groups in which participants will complete a portion of the roadmap. Each group member will be assigned a role on the course development team—designer, faculty member, SME, editor, and so forth—and we will role-play our way through both the tool and the process. During a five-minute reflection, participants will be asked to consider how they might be able to adapt the roadmap for their own use. The final 10 minutes will be spent on Q&A, where participants will have the opportunity to ask questions to help customize this powerful yet simple tool and implement it in their program design.