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With the vast amount of technology-influenced students entering the Universities, the State of Ohio recognized there is a need to deliver more online courses to allow for convenience and flexibility. The Universities in Ohio realized that the there was not enough man power or time to allow for facilitation time to teach the professors and instructors on how to effectively teach online. Designing Digitally, Inc. was tasked with organizing the facilitation of technology challenged instructors, development of clear expectations and appropriate online course policies for instructors, and provide enticing lessons learned from instructors throughout the State of Ohio.
Designing Digitally Inc. created an innovative web-based training module focused on “training the trainers.” This module was created using the latest browser-friendly technologies and incorporated instructional designed chapters that covered what is needed by a facilitator to effectively teach an online course for the first time. This web-based training module explained Copyright & Intellectual Property, Facilitation, Pedagogy & Standards, The Role of the Online Instructor, and Evaluation & Assessment in an online environment. This module was developed in conjunction with the Ohio Board of Regents and professors throughout the State of Ohio. Professors that have had both successes and failures at teaching online where interviewed and those interviews were implemented into the module as progressive streaming videos. Each topic described above was thoroughly discussed in detail in each lesson of the module and was supplemented with PDF charts and training aids for instructors to use in their upcoming online courses. This initiative was built around the philosophy that learning does not have to be in a physical classroom and can be facilitated by an instructor effectively using online tools such as a learning management system and other technological breakthroughs in education.
The development of this solution was programmed to be stand alone and SCORM compliant for the importing into Learning Management Systems and that’s just what the Universities in Ohio did. State funded Universities imported the course into the professional development course system for instructors and professors so that they could obtain professional development time at their leisure. As instructors and professors are typically required to provide time throughout each quarter for professional development, this self paced web-based training module is being frequently used by the professors to help them provide a higher quality of online instruction to a technology driven generation. This module is focused on the teaching aspects of the course rather than the technology used to create the course, thereby allowing it to be a timeless learning tool that helps set fundamental rules and guidance for the professors. Overall the course development has been a success for the Ohio Board of Regents and will continue to be used for years to come.
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