Course Development and Instructional Design #11

11. (21) Instructional design is provided for creation of effective pedagogy for both synchronous and asynchronous class sessions.

Not Observed      Insufficient      Moderate Use      Meets Criterion Completely

All new faculty members (both full-time and part-time) are required to complete our School’s Teaching Online course before they teach for SLIS.  Debbie Faires, our School’s Assistant Director for Distance Learning, conducts this online course each semester. The Teaching Online course consists of eight units, which cover the technology instructors will use, as well as the pedagogy of teaching online.  New faculty members also participate in at least one web conference session associated with the class to discuss possible uses of this synchronous communication platform.  The course is updated each semester based on feedback from participating new faculty members, as well as from administrators who note new areas of need.  Also, as SLIS introduces new technology in our teaching and learning environment, we update the Teaching Online course content.

The SLIS T3 (Time-saving Teaching Tips) Teaching Workshops series was introduced during the Fall 2012 semester as a tool to help faculty learn about the latest technologies, learn from colleagues, and save time teaching and engaging students in learning. The online sessions are led by SLIS colleagues and librarians who have found interesting ways to use existing services and technologies.  Debbie Faires, our School’s Assistant Director for Distance Learning, and Dr. Sue Alman, SLIS Lecturer, coordinate the T3 Teaching Workshops.

San Jose State University recently joined Quality Matters (QM), a faculty driven, peer review process that is designed to certify the quality of online courses. The QM rubric of standards is widely recognized as a guide to quality online course design.  Membership in QM also includes access to training and professional development materials regarding online teaching. SLIS is using QM as a "train the trainer" opportunity. Two of our full-time faculty, Dr. Sue Alman and Debbie Faires, received training, and shared their knowledge with SLIS faculty via online workshops and at our School’s May 2013 faculty institute.  Seven more faculty attended the QM workshop and shared their knowledge in a November 2013 session for other faculty members.

The annual Faculty Institute provides ongoing support and motivation in the area of instructional design for asynchronous course materials and synchronous web conferencing sessions. SLIS faculty or guest speakers share effective models of course design and facilitation. In 2012, a faculty member and student panel presented a session on instructional design.

Online workshops held via web conference provide further opportunities to address effective pedagogy.

Individual consultations offer faculty members the opportunity to work with a SLIS administrator or technical staff to strengthen teaching and learning. For example, SLIS staff members have identified best practices to implement in Desire2Learn course sites. They discuss these ideas with faculty members and, where appropriate, implement them. Also, the Assistant Director for Distance Learning meets with faculty members to discuss strategies for improving ratings on the University’s Student Opinions of Teaching Effectiveness (SOTEs).

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