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Quality by Design: Using Style Guides and Templates to Build Beautiful Courses

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Presenter(s)
Robert Kearns (Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, USA)
Session Information
October 14, 2015 - 11:45am
Track: 
Institutional Strategies & Innovations
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Practical Application
Institutional Level: 
Multiple Levels
Audience Level: 
Intermediate
Session Type: 
Information Session
Location: 
Oceanic 8
Session Duration: 
45 Minutes
Session: 
Concurrent Session 1
Abstract

Learn how Johns Hopkins Nursing uses style guides, templates, and HTML forms to help ensure every course is elegant, consistent, and easy to navigate.

Extended Abstract

Presentation Title: Quality by Design: Using Style Guides and Templates to Build Effective Courses

Extended Abstract:
As more and more courses move online, faculty are being asked to take on new responsibilities, including user interface design, graphic design, and HTML programming. While skills in each of these areas are necessary to make certain that course design doesnÕt detract from learning objectives, faculty have not been sufficiently prepared to fill the roles of interface designer, graphic artist, and programmer.

The Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing has developed a course design toolkit that uses style guides, templates, and HTML to help faculty design courses that are elegant and easy to navigate. This kit was developed in conjunction with faculty and students to ensure that colors, fonts, navigation, and visual design are consistent across every online course the school delivers. Pre-built templates eliminate blank page anxiety, and faculty never have to write any code. Faculty are supported in their course design, using the standard tools built into Blackboard.

In this session, representatives from The Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing will describe the process used to develop this toolkit, as well as the process used to achieve faculty buy-in and promote consistent application across courses. Participants will also learn about the quality assurance process used by the School to achieve consistent results.

The audience will leave this session understanding how standardized course structures facilitate student success and reduce faculty support needs. Participants will also learn how to provide faculty with a library of pre-made course elements to help build beautiful, high quality courses, and create dynamic course elements to allow administrators to update course information quickly.

Lead Presenter

Robert Kearns currently serves as Instructional Design (ID) Manager for the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. Robert has over 10 years of experience in e-learning, customer relationship management, and higher education in both the public and private sector. As the ID Manager for the School of Nursing, he manages a team of instructional designers and technologists working with faculty, staff, students, IT managers, and academic leadership to provide design, training, and support for the school's online and technology-enabled classes. Robert also leads the School of Nursing's MOOC initiative on the Coursera platform.