The Quality of MOOCs

Mon, 17 Sep, 2012

This is an interesting article about creating and evaluating quality in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC):

Raising the Issue of Quality of MOOCs: Gates Foundation RFP---QM to Provide Course Reviews

The Gates Foundation has a grant process that seeks to investigate the quality associated with MOOCs and ways to raise the bar using the Quality Matters Rubric.

Katherine Spradley
Director of Distance Education
Campbell University

*Campbell University is not affiliated with and does not subscribe to the Quality Matters Program.

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Why Quality Matters…

Tue, 11 Sep, 2012    course designdistance educationevaluationperformancequality

In a distance education program, quality not quantity should be the focus.  Quality of the courses and programs offered not quantity of courses and programs.

But how do you assess quality without infringing on academic freedom?  Distance Education has begun a strategic enhancement initiative to address quality.

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Bb Mobile Learn: Bb2Go

Thu, 23 Aug, 2012    blackboardmobile learn

You asked for it. Campbell University delivered.

Bb Mobile Learn Multiple Devices

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New Basic Blackboard Training Available

Mon, 20 Aug, 2012    basic blackboard trainingblackboardcourse designstudent learning outcomes

For quite sometime, the Basic Blackboard Training has needed a complete overhaul.  Originally, the training began with a tool focus, but a tool focus is exactly what we did not want faculty members to do in the online environment.  I suppose you could say an entirely different approach was needed.

Faculty members often have a difficult time translating their in class "traditional" versions of the course to an online or blended format.  If only it were that easy.  If only there was some "traditional to online" or "traditional to blended" translation guide.  It isn't that easy!

Of course, faculty members could video their lectures and post them in the online course shells.  Certainly, they could type out their lecture notes and post them for students to read.  But, would this be considered teaching?  Does this engage the students?  Does this result in that knowledge transfer that we are trying to complete?

To dive deeper into this subject and learn about online and blended course design, join us for our NEW online or traditional Basic Blackboard Training class. 

You can register here..

Katherine Spradley
Director of Distance Education
Campbell University

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