We’re in the third week of the eFellows Summer Institute with 12 faculty from Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences (IAS) participating. The IAS eFellows Summer Institute is a response to findings from the 2018 report from the IAS Evening Degree Task Force. The Task Force found that many IAS students struggle to find balance between work, home and school life and yet they sincerely want to further their education. In the report, students indicated that they needed greater flexibility in the scheduling of courses and that online learning was one way to enhance IAS’ responsiveness to students’ needs. This program represents a collaboration between the Office of Digital Learning & Innovation (DLI) and IAS to support the development of online options for core IAS courses. Most courses will be taught in an online format during the 2019-2020 year.The Institute is being co-chaired by Susan Harewood (IAS) and Andreas Brockhaus (DLI) with the expert assistance of the rest of DLI team.
The Institute has been full of great conversation, learning and extensive online work as participants begin to create their online courses. Our main themes have focused on student engagement and instructor presence, and we’re using Quality Matters (QM) to help guide the design of the courses. We’ve covered topics like online discussions, group work, assessments, accessibility, video creation, rubrics, and of course lots of Canvas tips and best practices.
After the Summer Institute, faculty will continue to work with the DLI office to develop their courses, with a key goal being that each course will pass a QM review prior to being taught. The DLI has greatly enjoyed the opportunity to work closely with this faculty cohort, and look forward to seeing more online opportunities for students in the near future!