I can’t believe I am writing the final prototype for the online course Kalyn and I developed. It was an amazing journey that we both appreciate and find very useful. I am incredibly fortunate to work with Kalyn, not only because she is an amazing person to work with but also she is my co-worker, and we both share duties and jobs on a daily basis. The mutual brainstorming and idea discussions were easy because we were on the same page all the time.
As we mentioned in our course profile, Kalyn and I decided on choosing a course that can be beneficial for our department and for us. We developed a course on online learning and teaching resources for Sessional and Faculty instructors who plan to or are currently teaching such courses.
We made some changes to our course based on the feedback we got from our amazing evaluators. We created a dedicated section for instructor help and support. It has a link to a Zoom meeting room and a moodle scheduler that instructors can use to book appointments to meet with an AID( Assistant Instructional Designer) using the Zoom room to address any concerns.
We added a peer support discussion forum to implement a meaningful interaction method between students or between students and instructors as explained in my previous blog post about Online Collaboration Learning.
We also added an overview video to our course so it is easier to navigate through it. We renamed some of the activities to be more descriptive so instructors could find information quickly and easily. We added a personalized welcome message to our course home page based on the advice we got during last week’s presentation from Jake Heimpel from D2L.
In order to encourage peer support and socialization between instructors in the course, we created discussion activities and Wiki. Asking them to share their knowledge and experience related to the content covered in the book.
Here is an overview video to walk you through the important features and sections of our course prototype.
Here is our transcript if you aren’t in a mood to watch the video:))