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Successes: Oh, the Things We've Seen! | Wichita State IDT

Torie and Taylor share insights from what they've seen working in higher education.

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Open Educational Resources (OERs)

Offering a History Course Online - http://blogs.wichita.edu/idtgroup/offering-a-history-course-online/

Online Instructor Training Videos

New Faculty Training from IDT - http://blogs.wichita.edu/idtgroup/introducing-new-faculty-trainingsupport-from-idt/

Badge Courses at Wichita State University

Let's Play - http://blogs.wichita.edu/idtgroup/lets-play/


Taylor

Quality Assurance Standards

While they can be frustrating and feel restrictive, Quality Assurance Standards also help to provide guidance to ensure quality in courses. Quality Matters is one such program. The QM rubric has a list of 43 standards that courses are encouraged to meet. Though courses do not have to meet all of these standards in order to receive Quality Matters Certification, they are required to meet a significant number of them and to pass the standards with at least 85% or above. Multiple “Course Reviewers” will review the course and determine which standards are meet and which are not. The reviewer is encouraged to provide clear feedback with examples and recommendations for how to improve or how to meet the standard if it is not yet met. I have been on two official reviews and while the courses are not perfect, both of them did obtain certification. WSU Barton School of Business Professor Dr. John Perry recently received Quality Matters certification of his MGMT 681 course. This not only demonstrates the quality of the course, but also the quality and dedication of the professor. It is not super easy to meet these standards, it entails a good amount of work and effort. Quality Assurance Programs successfully raise the bar for what is considered a quality education.

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Tell us about your work experience:

Workshops, training, and individual consultations for Wichita State Faculty. The IDT at WSU provides online, on-demand training as well as face-to-face sessions for all levels of experience and ability. We're committed to strengthening the quality of teaching with technology through faculty development, consultation, support, and assessment. Our team is happy to assist in the construction of online, hybrid, and face-to-face courses for any department on campus.

What is a provocation or insight that might inspire others during this challenge?

Improving the quality of materials, making content accessible, and building learning specific to the constraints of the course are keys to improving the educational experience for students.

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Hi Caleb!

Thank you so much for all your contributions. They are really useful. A few things have stood out to me (see below).

This about your online history course: ‘One of the most exciting aspects of this course is the course textbook. HIST 132 students will be using an Open Educational Resource or OER. This online textbook is free to use, so our students won’t have to pay a penny!’


It reminds me of Steven Bell post on Advance Openness in Higher Education - https://challenges.openideo.com/challenge/future-of-highered/research/advance-openness-in-higher-education#!

Could this be adapted to research?


The ‘FaST: Our “Faculty Strategic Toolbox,” or FaST program provides the resources faculty need to teach themselves how to build online courses. - http://blogs.wichita.edu/idtgroup/faculty-strategic-toolbox/ ‘


Could this be expanded to give graduating/masters etc. students the opportunity to produce online courses themselves or in conjunction with the faculty? Could this be a tool to integrate higher education and the workplace by having companies being involved in course development?


Do the Quality Assurance Standards include student feedback on lecturer’s teaching ability? If not, could it be amended to include this?


Do you include group work in your online courses? Luis Alvarado - an Instructional Designer with FIU Online, the online department for Florida International University - mentioned the challenges of group work online here - https://challenges.openideo.com/challenge/future-of-highered/research/embracing-the-flaws-of-group-work-within-online-courses