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Course Development and Instructional Design #9

9. (19) Course design promotes both faculty and student engagement.

Not Observed     Insufficient      Moderate Use      Meets Criterion Completely

The SLIS Online Teaching Standards and Indicators and the Minimum Instructional Expectation for Faculty outline specific requirement for faculty engagement. Standard 4 Interaction and Collaboration provides examples of how to design course elements that encourage learner-to-learner interaction as well as learner-to-faculty and learner-to-content interaction.

The annual Faculty Institute and periodic workshops address the topic of student and faculty engagement and provide ideas and examples that faculty are encouraged to adopt in their courses. Newer technologies offer an abundance of opportunities for online engagement. The Institute, workshops, and the Tech Tips blog are all used to address this constantly evolving area as is the SLIS T3 (Teaching Tips and Techniques) series.

Each class has its own Blackboard Collaborate IM group set up consisting of students in the class and the instructor. Faculty are easily able to chat with students in the class; and students can easily get in touch with each other.

Each course syllabus provides faculty contact information and faculty members are required to be available for communication with students. Faculty members are encouraged to clearly state their preferences for communication (e.g., hours, medium--phone, email, etc.).

Faculty members are encouraged to use rubrics to clearly define expectations of required student engagement. For example, discussion participation can be formally assessed for frequency and for content; rubrics for evaluating discussion posts are shared in the Teaching Online course. Another example: Strategies for successful group participation are provided to all students in the required Libr 203 course and are applied in the core courses that follow.

Regular peer reviews provide the opportunity to revisit the School’s standards and continually improve in designing for increased student and faculty engagement.

 Next: Course Development and Instructional Design #10

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