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This article provides a description of WeTeach Advanced and the individual modules included in this course. The article is intended for all audiences.

WeTeach Advanced: Quality Online Course Design Workgroup

In this track we will be using Dr. Dee Fink's instructional design model and backwards design to help support your online course design. In this workgroup, you will spend the majority of your time designing or re-designing your course to meet all QM standards. There are three phases to Dr. Fink's Self-Directed Guide to Designing Courses for Significant Learning: Initial Design Phase, the Intermediate Design Phase, and the Final Design Phase. Each phase will have a series of online steps you will complete in D2L before meeting face-to-face (F2F) for a working lab session. There are also worksheets to help you implement your design. You can expect to meet F2F for about an hour at least four times during this the semester. The rest of the time will be devoted to self-paced online modules in D2L.

WeTeach Advanced Modules

Below is a description of each module.

Module 0: Pre-Course Information

This module will help you better understand your student audience. We will explore the situational factors affecting your course, including how many students are in the course, their technical abilities, and their prior subject knowledge.

Module 1: Peek Inside a QM Course & Learning Objectives

This module involves creating Course Level and Module/Unit Level Learning Objectives for your course. The F2F session will help you write Learning Objectives that are Specific, Measurable, Appropriate, Realistic, and Time-Bound. Participants will also get an opportunity to "peek" inside a Quality Matters recognized course during this session.

Module 2: Alignment & Assessment

This module will introduce you to Backward Course Design, the importance of alignment and creating a module-level matrix. We will also discuss the difference between “Course Design” and “Course Delivery” in our F2F session. This module will also include identifying assignments that align with your stated learning objectives. After drafting learning objectives for one module/unit/week of your online course you will begin to identify learning materials that align with these learning objectives and support your module/unit/week assessments.

Module 3: Instructions & Evaluation

This module will introduce you to strategies to communicate course expectations and assignment criteria. This module will discuss how to communicate instructions using a variety of techniques including video, assignment snap shots and section descriptions. During the F2F session templates and examples of online course due date calendars, course schedules and assignment instructions will be provided. During this session, you will also start to draft rubrics for your assignments including descriptive criteria for evaluating the assessments identified.

Module 4: D2L Brightspace Course Shell & Technology

This module will introduce you to several course templates and resources that can be incorporate and edited to fit the needs of your online course. In the F2F session we will review these materials and incorporate them in your course. In this session, you will also assess your specific technology needs. You will create a project timeline and identify tasks associated with constructing the first module/unit/week of your online/blended course.

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