Our Instructional Designers can help bridge the gap between a face-to-face approach and an online approach to learning.
During the concept stage the instructional design will have conversations with the faculty member to discuss how the course is currently taught in a face-to-face class, the types of learning activities that currently are incorporated, and how the course may transfer online.
At this point the designer and the faculty will also explore course materials, copyrights around 3rd party course materials, and how the design experience will unfold over the next two semesters. They will also discuss the formulation of a detailed course outline.
The Instructional Designer will then work with the various teams that help put your course into an online format. This production process is where you will see your content start to take shape online.
This is the fun stage where the faculty member starts to see the course come together with all the ideas and media that emerged during the design stage. This is also where a lot of the heavy lifting/work occurs for both the design team and the faculty.
The production stage is a very iterative stage with the faculty developing content, the design team pulling the pieces together for each lesson, and a constant review and adjusting of the course elements. This stage encompasses much of the two-semester timeline for the course design and development and the faculty member is in constant communication with the instructional designer and other members of the team.
4 Quality Assurance
Once the production has been completed, the course is ready for a review by the Quality Assurance and Accessibility teams.
Approximately 3 to 4 weeks before the course is set to go live for the students the quality assurance stage kicks in. At this point the course is almost complete and our accessibility team will take another in-depth look at the course to assure it meets with the university’s ADA guidelines.
Also, our QA team will do a review of the course to assure all critical elements of the course are functioning properly and that course information correlates with the syllabus and other information published on the World Campus web site. The editing staff will also finish up their review of the course and get recommendations back to the instructional designer and the faculty.
When the course has been signed off by the department and faculty member the course is ready to go live under World Campus as a course offering.
Once the QA team and others have completed their reviews the course is ready for signoff by the program lead faculty member and/or department head. This assures that the course meets curriculum guidelines, pedagogical needs, and is of a quality learning experience. We hope to give the lead faculty and/or department head two weeks to review the course before it is scheduled to go live. This also allows the design team time for any minor modifications. This is also the handoff point from the instructional designer to the faculty.
Once the course launches the instructional designer will only be involved in the course at the request of the faculty and only to fix items that may need attention. The first offering of the course is also a time where the full course is tested by the students, and is a time we collect a lot of feedback from the students to help make the course better for the next offering. Thus, throughout the process cycle it is a very iterative approach with the design team and faculty frequently revisiting each stage, even after the course has been offered.