Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 32, No. 209. Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London Hosted by King's Digital Lab www.dhhumanist.org Submit to: email@example.com Date: 2018-11-20 14:20:58+00:00 From: Henry Schaffer
Subject: Re: [Humanist] 32.205: overworked, with opportunities re: "course release" We knew what it meant when it applied to teaching face-to-face sections. It's not clear that we know what it really means when it comes to the online courses and their development. Online includes synchronous, asynchronous, and also MOOC types of courses. What does "developing a course" mean in the online environment? It used to mean developing a syllabus and a lecture schedule, reviewing possible textbooks and choosing one (or more). Also possibly developing sample homework/project assignments and maybe even sample exams. Then, the expectation was that this could be handed to someone, probably you, maybe someone else, to teach the course. The assumption was the person who took that package and taught would then give the lectures, meet with the students, give assignments/exams which had to be designed and graded, ... What does this mean in the online course? Will "develop" also include recording all the lectures (which could be traditional length, or in smaller chunks), developing large test banks of exam question which can be computer graded, providing chunks of helpful hints, perhaps by recording short videos, which can be disgorged by the computer/LMS when exam questions are missed or grades are too low, ... Does this seem like too much for a one semester one course release? Let me quote from an article about developing a MOOC. "From the earliest murmurings of your MOOC development, several people will have been involved. For efficiency, there needs to be an established team with clearly defined roles. This will include several academics to both write and present material, a videographer and video editor, a graphics artist, project manager, text editor, and solicitor (where needed). Budgets and schedules must be assembled including tasks to be completed, meeting dates, etc." from Rule 5 from Ten Simple Rules for Developing a MOOC David T. Manallack, Elizabeth Yuriev 2016 https://journals.plos.org/ploscompbiol/article?id=10.1371/journal.pcbi.1005061 But the administrator (typically in the Dean's office) who never ever had to work to do this type of development - "oh, just give a course release, faculty will eat that up" is the response. (Don't ask me how I know!) My campus has a whole division https://delta.ncsu.edu/ and it isn't a small division (look, e.g. at About DELTA -> People) devoted to this online development. They really do produce great results, will the new hire with one course release be able to compete? --henry schaffer _______________________________________________ Unsubscribe at: http://dhhumanist.org/Restricted List posts to: firstname.lastname@example.org List info and archives at at: http://dhhumanist.org Listmember interface at: http://dhhumanist.org/Restricted/ Subscribe at: http://dhhumanist.org/membership_form.php
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