Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Interested in Creating an "Exemplary Course"?

Each year Bb recognizes Exemplary Course designs at the BbWorld conference (which, in 2013 will be in Las Vegas). Bb bases their Exemplary Course Awards on the Quality Matters rubric and each course is reviewed by 2 certified reviewers.

To increase instructor understanding of what an "Exemplary Course" that uses quality matters is Bb is offering free MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses) 4-week courses.

Here is information about this great learning opportunity:
Our open course will be similar to the structure of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses). We are greatly looking forward to this new program kicking off in September. We greatly appreciate all of you that signed up to help us with this initiative!
 The first session will now begin on September 26th.  Below is information outlining more details about the course. We hope you will take advantage of this great opportunity!

Designing An Exemplary Course
Course Description:
Learning environments are no longer limited to the classroom.  Creating effective online courses is crucial to teaching today’s active learners. This open course will provide both theoretical concepts and practical tools for instructors to recognize, organize, and build online courses for both blended learners and online learners. To maximize benefits of participation, optional homework assignments will be provided each week to apply the principles to build out one’s own course structure and materials. The course will provide a framework for participants to use the Exemplary Course Rubric to self-evaluate their course-building work and ask others in the course to provide peer reviews. Participants may work on these assignments individually or in teams. The course will provide a framework for forming collaborative teams if you are not already working with a team at your institution or in another type of peer group.

Course Objectives:
·         Identify the pillars of an exemplary course
·         Gain practical knowledge about incorporating specific pillars into one’s course
·         Apply the pillars to construct the basic framework for an online course
·         Provide opportunities for collaborative peer review of online course components and strategies

This course will be geared toward faculty of K-12, higher education institutions, and continuing education institutions who teach blended learning or fully online learning.  We expect individuals with different levels of online course design experience, ranging from beginner to intermediate. Advanced course designers are welcome to attend as well as instructional designers. The course will be geared toward all instructors who want to understand the theories and practices behind an exemplary course. This course is open to both domestic and international instructors, but all of the course materials and activities will be in English. 
Key Dates:
September 26: Course Design
October 3: Interaction and Collaboration
October 10: Assessment
October 17: Learner Support
Time: 2pm to 3pm (EST) If you are in a different time zone, please look here - Time Zone Converter. Webinars will take place in Collaborate.
Structure of Live Session:
Each session will be guided by an Exemplary Course Director. Participants will hear from previous course winners who will demo their courses. Each session will conclude with Q & A.

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