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22st Annual OLC International Conference
November 16-18, 2016 | Orlando, Florida | Walt Disney World Swan/Dolphin Resort

OLC Innovate 2016 - Innovations in Blended and Online Learning
April 20-22, 2016 | New Orleans, LA | Sheraton New Orleans Hotel

A Tale of Two Courses: 101 Days to a Standards-Based Blend

Tawnya Means (University of Florida, USA)
Sarah Bleakney (University of Florida, USA)
Session Information
July 9, 2014 - 9:10am
Blended Models and Course Design
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Innovation and Experimentation
Institutional Level: 
Universities and Four Year Institutions
Audience Level: 
Session Type: 
Information Session
Plaza Ballroom F
Session Duration: 
50 Minutes
Information Session 4
Virtual Session
Best in Track

Participants will walk away with lessons learned, strategies for blended course design, and suggestions for implementing standards for rapidly producing high quality, large scale courses.

Extended Abstract

The University of Florida (UF) recently undertook a monumental task to re-imagine and redesign five undergraduate degree programs in less than seven short months. The Warrington College of Business Administration's degree program developed seven courses for the initial semester. This presentation will outline lessons learned from the redesign of two of these courses. The courses are blended both in terms of student population (with a mix of fully online and on campus students) and approach (blending course delivery elements such as pre-recorded video and live classroom sessions) for enrollment levels of 600-700 students.

In September 2013, UF presented a comprehensive business plan to the Board of Governors in response to the 2013 Florida State Legislature plan, mandating the creation of an online institute (UF Online) that offers four year, fully online baccalaureate degrees matching the quality and standards of on-campus-based degrees. The business plan required that UF would begin offering these degrees by January 2014. The vision and intended scale for UF Online is that by 2023, the university would support more than 24,000 fully online students, in addition to maintaining the current level of enrollment approximately 50,000 on campus students.

To support this growth, while still maintaining UF's standards, UF Online courses are developed using the UF Standards & Markers of Excellence (UFS&ME) checklist as a basis for course design and evaluation. The checklist includes guidelines regarding a number of measures, including interaction and engagement, goals and objectives, assessment and measurement, instructional materials and technology, and accessibility. Each of these categories is composed of a number of standard and exemplary measures.

With this semester's redesign, a number of changes have been made. Assembly exams have been replaced by online exams secured through ProctorU, the course management system has changed from Sakai to Canvas, and Scantron-based assessments have been supplemented by a wider variety of discussions and assignments. This presentation will include assessment of the effectiveness of the redesign as we report data from usability surveys tied to the UFS&ME, compare analytics of student activity levels within the course sites, and examine learning outcomes by considering pre- and post-redesign exam scores.

Participants in this session will walk away with a wealth of information on lessons learned, strategies for blended course design, and suggestions for implementing similar standards for rapidly producing high quality courses for large scale development.