Growing with Canvas
As part of a Title V grant, all courses that contain an online component, including hybrid courses, are reviewed on a three year cycle. Courses included in the review cycle are typically designated with a section number > 900. Online and hybrid courses offered at Waubonsee are peer-reviewed by trained Faculty Peer Reviewers. There are 24 criteria for the Peer Review Rubric. Each is rated as 'Meets', 'Doesn't Meet', or 'N/A'. These criteria are divided into four categories: (1) Instructional Design, (2) Communication, Interaction, and Collaboration, (3) Student Evaluation and Assessment, and (4) Web Design.
Each Peer Reviewer can review up to five courses in the 2.5 month cycle per semester, one in each pay period. If a review assignment is not completed by the end of a period, it will automatically become the assignment for the following period.
When each peer review is completed, it is then passed on to a professional instructional designer for further review. Instructors then make appropriate changes in the course(s) based on the recommendations. At the end of the process, an instructional designer will confirm the course changes.
Instructors who submit a proposal to develop a new Flex, Hybrid, Online or Sync Online course are required to complete the instructional design training 'Developing a Blueprint for a Successful Online/Hybrid Course' before or during the course development. All new online and hybrid courses must be peer-reviewed before they can be offered to students.
Developing a Blueprint for a Successful Online/Hybrid Course
Typically, this introductory course for course design lasts about 7-8 weeks. The topic sequence is parallel to backward design. When instructors complete the course, they will be able to structure their classes using learning outcomes as the foundation. The 'blueprint' developed is contained in the syllabus. While taking this short course, instructors explore the challenges encountered in teaching. Developing a deeper understanding of student behaviors, they are able to present engaging pedagogical solutions. Instructors also become more familiar with the technologies available at the college.
|Weeks 1-2||Principles of Course Design||In-person (3 hours)|
|Week 5||Learning Activities||Online|
|Week 6||(Submission of Syllabus and Critque)||Online|
|Week 7||(Completion of Syllabus)||Online|
|Week 8||Flexible Delivery||In-person|