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Online Course Development Depends on Support from a Team

Development of a superior online learning experience is dependent on a number of people working together using various resources. It's more than just "training" faculty to teach online. It's the support from instructional designers on different pedagogical approaches, instructional technologists to help create learning objects appropriate for the experience, and teaching assistants to help guide students during the process.


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  1. I think this is a great point and is supported by the data that we saw in today's webinar stating that institutions that are more mature with elearning have a dedicated elearning center.

    1 year ago
  2. There is really a "just depends" answer. Most instructors know their content and know how to deliver it and just need some technical support. I would not call that a team. There are too many cases where the "instructional designers" (and I have a degree in instructional design) take over think that there is only one way. It is happening where I teach and it is wrong.

    1 year ago
  3. Kyle Johnson Idea Submitter

    Anne-Marie, you have had an unfortunate experience with instructional designers that has not been my experience and, I think (hope), is not the norm. I agree most instructors know their content, but my experience has been that many know one or maybe two ways to deliver it. Whether they teach face-to-face, online, or blended those faculty members just do the one or two things they know even if they aren't well suited to the particular delivery strategy.

    1 year ago
  4. I totally agree with the team concept, though I would expand it to include advisors as well (they are integral to student success and often have exceptional insights into the student learner that both faculty and instructional designers need to hear). I would also suggest that this "team" is more cohesive and less distributed across an institution and that their is a certain kind of training the Teaching Assistants would go through to be effective in their role. The nature of instructional design is changing to where they need to become even more professionalized and recognized within institutions. Thanks for posting!

    1 year ago

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