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Involving part-time instructors in the systematic improvement of web-based learning: A structured approach using a course improvement framework.
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, Nova Southeastern University, Canada ; , The University of Toledo, United States

E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-66-2 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), San Diego, CA

Abstract

The Course Improvement Matrix was designed to provide a structured approach for online instructors – critical but sometimes marginalized stakeholders –to become involved in the continuous improvement of online courses. This paper describes the development of this tool and its application at an online university. An online instructor successfully spearheaded the improvement of an undergraduate educational psychology course by using the tool to identify instructional issues based on student feedback, examine the course content, and propose theoretically sound prescriptions for solving these instructional design issues. The instructor was subsequently hired to collaborate with the design team to implement these prescriptions. The rapid growth of e-Learning offerings has sparked concerns about quality. The authors propose that the use of Course Improvement Matrix and similar tools can help online institutions to leverage the knowledge and potential contribution of part-time instructors to support the design team’s effort to maintain online course quality.

Citation

Romero, L. & Haughton, N. (2008). Involving part-time instructors in the systematic improvement of web-based learning: A structured approach using a course improvement framework. In C. Bonk, M. Lee & T. Reynolds (Eds.), Proceedings of E-Learn 2008--World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (pp. 457-469). Las Vegas, Nevada, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved August 23, 2019 from .

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