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 complete the Teaching Online course in which they are guided in their initial work on course design. The course introduces pedagogical topics such as identification of Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs), relation of assessments to the SLOs, use of rubrics, and structuring effective online discussions. The course also discusses and models effective use of technology.
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).