2020 West Regional Online Conference

Now & Later: Strategies for Transitioning to Remote Instruction for the Short and Longer Term

Last month, much of higher education was caught off guard as we were asked to quickly pivot classroom-based courses to remote delivery. As the situation moves from an emergency response to one of acclimating to our new learning methods and modalities, we now have better opportunities to discuss options moving forward, as well as contingency planning considerations for the future. This session is appropriate for administrators, faculty, QMCs, and instructional designers/DL staff, as we come together to discuss workable solutions based on institutional context and goals.

Lights, Camera, Action: What Happens to Accessibility When the Course Goes Live?

Students’ learning needs are not monolithic and have posited that inclusivity in online education should be multi-dimensional in order to break away from a one-size-fits-all model (Clow & Kolomitro, 2018).  Therefore, we need to rethink the QM rubric to be inclusive of the course delivery component vs only looking at the design. Moreover, Hollingshead and Carr-Chellman (2019) argued that as a result of the change in student demographics, there is an amplified need to create opportunities for student engagement through instruction and instructional design utilizing UDL.

Photovoice: A Picture Can Replace a Thousand Words

Discussion threads can be tedious for students and instructors.  Lengthy responses, required participation minimums, and failure to connect with lived experience may result in discussion chore vs. discussion engagement.  Photovoice offers an alternative by challenging students to visually respond to discussion prompts and explore the course content through each other's "lens." This interactive session provides a framework for implementation along with practical constraints.

Power Up! Quality Course Design in Half the Time

Designing a quality online course can be time consuming and often leave you feeling overwhelmed. Discover how you can design a quality online course in half the time using design resources and standards supported by research and application. Participants will walk away with tools that have helped several faculty produce quality online courses, enhance the teaching/learning experience, and were awarded institutional recognition and national certification.

The Joy of Quality Assurance Training

Taking online courses is no longer a novelty—it has become the norm for many university students to take their courses online and sometimes a whole degree can be completed online.  With the rise of online courses comes a few big questions—Are faculty prepared to teach online and once they get quality assurance (QA) training, how does it affect their teaching?  What are their perceptions about the training they received?  This qualitative project focused on these questions. 

From Novice to Expert: Strategies for Faculty Support and Collaboration

This presentation describes the quality assurance (QA) efforts at Sacramento State to establish systematic support of faculty in designing and delivering high quality online and hybrid courses and developing infrastructures to sustain and institutionalize support. Using a logic model and training data, the QA team determined critical inputs and outputs to achieve their goals. A 3-tiered approach was implemented to meet the needs of novice, moderately-experienced, and highly-experienced faculty.