The new year brought a new design and a new title to our newsletter: CIRT News.CIRTNewsCIRT continually strives to support faculty in their use and exploration of technologies to meet instructional and scholarship goals and we want this publication to reflect our dedication to that goal through its design and content. We hope you enjoy CIRT News and we look forward to delivering the same caliber of interesting and meaningful articles that you have come to expect from us.

January 2015

Highlights in this issue:

  • Faculty Spotlight:Using Digitization to Improve Art Installation Processes
    Nofa Dixon, Associate Professor, Department of Art and Design
  • CIRT – Looking Back and Moving Forward, Deb Miller, Director
  • The New CIRT Video Recording Studio, Dave Wilson, Assistant Director
  • Cultivating a Sense of Presence in Your Online Course, Julie Fuller, Instructional Designer

Those who have taught both face-to-face and online may be familiar with the inconsistencies that can arise when delivering the same information over two incredibly different mediums. It is not uncommon for a lesson to occur organically in a face-to-face class, while in contrast, relying on “organic” instruction in an online class can prove to be disastrous. Preparing for these types of challenges by using a course map can drastically improve both the student and instructor experience in an online class.

When creating an online course, developing a course map is an important step in ensuring that students receive the same level of content, instruction, and interaction that they would in a face-to-face course. A course map is a working document that outlines the major components of your online course and how those components will be delivered, measured, or achieved, including:

  • The topic and purpose(s) of each module or lesson
  • The course and module learning objectives
  • The module agenda (read, view, watch, etc.)
  • The module assignments and assessments
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Sample Course Map – Click to Enlarge

Creating a course map is the first step in frontloading and preparing to deliver your online course. For those instructors who have taken TOL6100, a course map template was provided in the module on instructional design. Instructors who have not taken TOL6100 can download the following course map template: CourseMap. You may prefer creating your own course map format based on what you know your online course will cover and if your subject area has any professional competencies or other specific criteria.

The benefits of building and following a course map during the development and delivery phase of your course are significant. Not only does a course map provide a blueprint for your course and a clear outline to follow during development, but it can also help cut development time, assist with working with an instructional designer, and ensure that your course content aligns with the course learning objectives. Your course map also serves as a reflection tool, as it can be edited to reflect changes that you make while the course is live, or changes that you want to make note of for future iterations of the course.

For questions pertaining to creating or using a course map, please contact CIRT at x3927.

learning-onlineFor both seasoned professionals and absolute beginners, developing and delivering an online course can sometimes be a daunting task. For some people, the amount of preparation and front-loading required can become overwhelming, and they are easily frustrated if their students, course content, activities, and objectives do not interact as they expected. Taking a mindful approach to developing and delivering a course can ease some of the anxieties and doubts that may arise. The following strategies are ways in which thoughtful and calculated design and delivery can be achieved. Read More


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