Evaluating Online Courses
July 13, 2011 Leave a comment
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:
- Template (courses should be uniform and consistent)
- Technical (using tools in Blackboard the appropriate way)
- 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.