Developing an Online Course On-the-Fly with an IR State of Mind

Kevin Gosselin (The University of Texas at Tyler, USA) and Hansel Burley (Texas Tech University, USA)
Copyright: © 2012 |Pages: 193
EISBN13: 9781466609945|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60960-857-6.ch011
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Today’s higher education professional is beginning to feel the squeeze of higher expectations and the need to deliver instruction in a variety of ways but at always one speed—fast. Faced with an array of delivery avenues, a limited budget, and little time, instructor efficacy could plummet. Collaborative course development, plus a focus on collecting course data for a regime on continuous improvement, can help calm problems of budgets and speed. The instructors of the course decided to first think like institutional researchers: they built a patchwork of course material around a solid, predicable assessment theme. The results of these assessments indicated that students, working online in a hybrid format, performed equally as well as those in a traditional classroom. The instructors felt empowered by the experience.
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