Online Course Design Evaluation

Feedback pictureSeeking feedback from students is a key component to assist in determining necessary refinements to a course; however, you may find that the Student Assessment of Instruction that the USF System distributes to all students at the end of the semester is not designed to seek feedback in regards to the design of an online course.

OLITS Instructional Designers have developed a brief Online Course Design Evaluation with questions that seek meaningful feedback from students regarding common elements of an online course. The results can then be used by the Faculty member (and in consultation with an Instructional Designer if desired) to identify and implement refinements to improve the student learning experience within that course.

The questions on this evaluation include:

  1. How would you rank the structure, flow, and navigation of the course?
    1. Exemplary (perfect as is, change nothing)
    2. Commendable (overall above average and very strong)
    3. Adequate (does the job, but could be improved)
    4. Needs Improvement (requires a complete overhaul)
  2. Please share any comments regarding the previous question.
  3. How would you rank the written course materials? This includes the textbook, articles or any other forms of instructional content within the course.
    1. Exemplary (perfect as is, change nothing)
    2. Commendable (overall above average and very strong)
    3. Adequate (does the job, but could be improved)
    4. Needs Improvement (requires a complete overhaul)
  4. Please share any comments regarding the previous question.
  5. How would you rank the online course presentations? This includes the lecture presentations, examples, and any guest speakers.
    1. Exemplary (perfect as is, change nothing)
    2. Commendable (overall above average and very strong)
    3. Adequate (does the job, but could be improved)
    4. Needs Improvement (requires a complete overhaul)
  6. Please share any comments regarding the previous question.
  7. How would you rank the engagement of the course activities? This includes discussions, quizzes, and assignments.
    1. Exemplary (perfect as is, change nothing)
    2. Commendable (overall above average and very strong)
    3. Adequate (does the job, but could be improved)
    4. Needs Improvement (requires a complete overhaul)
  8. Please share any comments regarding the previous question.
  9. How would you rank the instructor’s presence throughout the course? This includes announcements, email communication, grading and feedback and any other instructor engagement.
    1. Exemplary (perfect as is, change nothing)
    2. Commendable (overall above average and very strong)
    3. Adequate (does the job, but could be improved)
    4. Needs Improvement (requires a complete overhaul)
  10. Please share any comments regarding the previous question.
  11. What in the course has been the most beneficial to you as a student?
  12. What could be done to this course to improve it?
  13. How many online courses have you taken?

Feel free to download the ZIP File to import the evaluation directly into your course in Canvas and use it as an anonymous survey. Or, contact your Instructional Designer today to learn more about how to customize these questions or implement the evaluation in an alternate format.

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Be Mobile with Canvas

Did you know that you can teach with your tablet? Grade papers on your cell phone? Canvas mobile apps give you the power to interact with your course from anywhere and engage your students in mobile learning online or in the classroom.

Check out the full suite of Canvas mobile apps below and contact Online Learning and Instructional Technology Services to discuss ideas and strategies to effectively incorporate these into your teaching and learning.

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Canvas by Instructure

Canvas by Instructure

This app is the mobile instance of the Canvas LMS. Through this app you have access all of your courses at USF. You can participate in discussions, post announcements, upload files and video, and manage your Canvas inbox.

Although this app is not optimal for heavy course building, it is a great way to quickly get connected with your course and students.

Available for iPad, iPhone and Android.

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SpeedGrader

SpeedGrader

This app allows you to grade assignments from all of your courses. You will be able to view submissions including text, video and audio. You can grade using points, a letter grade, and/or a rubric. You can provide feedback as comments, audio or video. Once you’ve opened an assignment, you can move between student’s submission with a swipe to the right.

Although the app does not provide the same annotation tools as the SpeedGrader in you web browser on the computer (i.e. comments and strikethrough), this is a quick way to grade quizzes or submissions that don’t need annotations.

Available for iPad and Android.

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Polls for Canvas

Polls for Canvas

This app allows you to instantly assess student comprehension with live, in-class polling using the students’ own smartphones or tablets. You will be able to ask the students true/false or multiple choice questions.

Because Canvas Polls integrates with Canvas courses, participation and performance data is saved for every student.

Available for iPad, iPhone and Android.

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Magic Marker

Magic Marker

This app allows you to assess students’ mastery of learning objectives in a face-to-face class. Have the app open and wander around the room during an activity. As you witness students master the objectives of the lesson, track this with the app and it will update the grade book by the time you sit back down.

This app works with the Outcomes tool in Canvas.

Available for iPad.

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Teacher Tools

Teacher Tools

This app consists of three tools to make teachers’ lives a little easier. One tool shows pictures of the students to help teachers learn their names. Another tool randomly selects students for activities. The last tool allows teachers to take notes about each student.

Available for Android.

 

Distance Learning Studio Tour

Located in the Nelson Poynter Memorial Library, the Distance Learning studio is a fully functional classroom with the capability of audio and video recording. It has the ability to not only record your lectures, but record your PowerPoint, documents, and whatever else you show to your class. Every semester we have at least one faculty member who holds class within the studio and records their lectures to use in the future.

Below is a video that we put together with the hope of showcasing some of the technology that is available to faculty members and others who wish to use our studio.

I would also like to mention and thank Robert Vessenmeyer and Timi Hager for helping put this video together.

If you have any more questions about the DL studio, feel free to contact one of us here in Distance Learning and we would be happy to help. I am also available to emcee all dinner parties, award shows, and revolutions you might be having in the future.

Online course providers increasingly using the term ‘learning experience’ | Inside Higher Ed

Online course providers increasingly using the term ‘learning experience’ | Inside Higher Ed.

As ed tech companies and universities search for the most effective way to teach students online, some have found the term “course” no longer captures what it means to pursue an education. Enter the “learning experience” — a term being used to describe a module of higher education not anchored to a specific place or time

Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2013/10/28/online-course-providers-increasingly-using-term-learning-experience#ixzz2jeiIztxm

Inside Higher Ed 

Pearson My Labs: Accessibility Tips and Updates

George Mason University recently offered and has archived a webinar about recent accessibility updates from Pearson Higher Education North America.

Topics include:

  • Discussion on the accessibility of MyMathLab, MyITLab, and MyWritingLab, all with live demonstrations.
  • Broader information sharing for other MyLabs
  • Introduction of accessible HTML eBooks across several disciplines
  • Explanation of various workarounds that can be provided
  • What should be coming in 2014

View the archived webinar using the link on the right hand side of GMU’s Assistive Technology Initiative Website.

Blackboard Collaborate Now Available in Canvas

collaborate logoBlackboard Collaborate, an upgrade from Blackboard Elluminate, is now available in Canvas.

This tool will allow you to host, record and archive virtual classroom sessions. Features include audio, video, chat, white board, web tour, document and application sharing. Maximum seating capacity is 250 people.

ALTE has developed step-by-step instructions for getting started with Collaborate. The development of additional training for this new tool is in progress.