Evaluating Online Courses

Bonnie Kirkpatrick, Director of Online Learning, Wilmington University, conducted a Bb World Mini-session on “Evaluating Online Courses.” This was one of the sessions that Eric mentioned in an earlier blog post. They use a model of hiring adjuncts to develop courses (about 40 every three months). They use a custom quality rubric based on Quality Matters and other criteria.

They identified three main categories to be assessed:

  1. Template (courses should be uniform and consistent)
  2. Technical (using tools in Blackboard the appropriate way)
  3. Pedagogy (e.g. assignments and assessments linked to objectives)

They weighted the categories based on importance and only paid the stipend if they scores at least 3 out of 4 on the scale. Faculty get paid $2000 and must attend a three-week training to teach online. Faculty must “story-board” out the course before they get a “shell.” Instructional designers serve as coaches and find resources for the faculty. They also do some professional development. They work on 15-24 courses every 12 months and are salaried employees.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: