Encouraging Innovation in Online Courses While Designing and Developing Within a Fixed Framework

Concurrent Session 3

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Brief Abstract

Columbia College works to encourage innovation in our eight-week online courses while working within a framework set by teaching online, subject matter experts, accessibility, department expectations, master syllabus, master course model, etc. The key question for this discussion focuses participants on exploring innovations in course design and teaching possible within the constraints provided by a framework.

Presenters

Fresa Jacobs is a senior instructional designer at Columbia College. She has worked with Online Education for over ten years to build and provide innovative learning opportunities. During that time, Fresa has helped with designing and redesigning the course development process. Fresa holds an M.Ed. in Learning Systems Design and Development from the University of Missouri. She also has a BA in Art from the University of Missouri and a BS in Accounting from Truman State University.

Extended Abstract

Challenge: Columbia College works to encourage innovation in our eight-week online courses while working within a framework set by the online learning environment, subject matter experts, accessibility, department expectations, master syllabi, master courses, etc. The key question for this discussion focuses participants on exploring possible innovations in course design and teaching within the constraints provided by a framework.

Key Points/ Opportunities/ Constraints / Questions

  • Online access to course. 
    • How do you support students located around the world.
  • Consistency between locations and sections -> master course model.
    • What are approaches or ideas for course creation that provide a consistent experience across different sections of a course while also providing space for an instructor's voice?
  • Accessibility requirements
    • How do you ensure that you’re also meeting standards set for web accessibility. W3C and WebAIM guidelines
  • Other Opportunities or Constraints
    • Incorporating eTexts?
    • Working within department and discipline requirements
    • Following master syllabi and assessments