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.


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