It’s a Course in a Box!: Teaching Faculty to Design Online

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Aug 4th at 1:45 PM until 2:30 PM


Faculty Development 


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At the University of North Texas a change in our development process last year led us to create a Course in a Box program. Training and supporting faculty through the design process is one of our most important jobs as instructional designers and we recognized a need for faculty who wanted to create their own online courses to be trained in online pedagogy, designing for accessibility, and finding copyright compliant content. Faculty who request to design their own online courses are added to the Course in a Box training course and receive a Blueprinted Course in a Box course shell in Canvas. Our Course in a Box (CIB) training course includes modules on course design, writing measurable learning objectives, aligning activities and assessments, designing for accessibility, and adding copyright compliant course materials. Instructors proceed through the course over a few weeks and then begin developing their courses. During the development period, we complete Provisional Approval checks for design, accessibility and compliance to ensure that instructors are on the right track for designing high quality courses.Many instructors also schedule consultations with our instructional design consultants to discuss improving their course designs. During the consultations, we will walk through each item in the provisional approvals and address any questions moving forward. These consultations offer instructors support throughout the design process, reinforcing the professional relationships we establish as the instructional design consultants. At the end of the design period, courses are evaluated according to a variation of the QM rubric. The regular feedback and evaluations of the process ensure that the courses our faculty design are high quality, engaging, and ready for students before the semester starts. We use project management software and have achieved nearly 100% completion rates for our first cohort of faculty members. We will also discuss feedback from our first cohort and detail some of the changes we made to make our Course in a Box experience even better. VIEW THIS SESSION [Mediasite player]