Session 1: The Big Picture

Mira the Star by NASA

In this session, we covered the "Big Picture" of creating an online or hybrid or blended course.  A Few Highlights:

  • Maggie Myers, Computer Science, co-created a Linear Algebra: Foundations to Frontiers MOOC [Massive Open Online Courses] and learned that it takes more time than one might think to create the materials for online learning. 

  • Marla Gililand, LAITS, shared with us an alternative approach called Synchronous Massive Online Course [SMOC], which are currently being taught at UT.  A few SMOC examples include Introduction to Psychology [PSY 301], American Literature [E316M] and American Government [GOV 310L]. Ask Marla a question about SMOCs.

Utlimately, a successful online-hybrid-blended course requires thinking through what you want to accomplish:

Course Decisions

Julie Stewart, Faculty Innovation Center, framed the big picture questions one should consider when venturing down this path:

  1. What will students learn about in the course?
  2. Who will be taking this course?
  3. Why this course and format [online, SMOC, hybrid, or blended]?
  4. How will learners learn the material within the course?
  5. How will you know what students actually learned within the course?

Planning Decisions

Sejal Shah, LAITS, shared some questions that were part of the MOOC development process:

  1. What will the final product look like?
  2. What learning technologies will you use?
  3. How much new material needs to be created or repurposed?
  4. When do you plan on launching the course?
  5. Who is developing course content, assessments and building out the course in Canvas/edX?