Bringing a course online is a big decision. At FAU, quality is important. For this reason, our courses go beyond a posting of lecture notes. The Center for eLearning provides extensive support for faculty to reimagine their classes. To support faculty through the process, an instructional designer is assigned, who walks beside the faculty member as the course is developed. Within the courses, are opportunities to for faculty to interact with students, for students to engage with each other, and for students to grow professionally. Every course developed at the Center goes through a peer review process to ensure quality in the delivery of the courses. Here are the steps for the process:
- Plan the eDesign: You, the Subject Matter Expert (SME) will meet with a CeL Project Coordinator to plan an efficient timeline for your eDesign project, and to partner you with a highly qualified Instructional Designer (ID).
- Set objectives and build a blueprint: Over several one-on-one sessions, your SME/ID team will combine subject matter and course design expertise, to plan the entire course. This unique partnership/process is at the core of our Quality in eLearning
- Polish your assessments (tests, quizzes, discussions, essays, projects, etc.) Once the blueprint is finished, creating or fine-tuning your assessments is simple. Your ID will upload everything and carefully check for quality.
- Strengthen course content The CeL Tech team will help you create outstanding multimedia presentations, and make them fully accessible to every student. Your students will be more actively engaged with course content, with their peers, and with you.
- Stay connected The Center for eLearning will continue to support you with personalized service in Open Lab on all campuses every Monday and Friday, weekly Professional Development workshops, a new eCertification Workshop every semester, Quality Matters certification, and the Annual Awards for Excellence in eLearning.
The staff at the Center for eLearning are aware of the time commitment involved in developing high-quality distance learning courses. For this reason, the support by the instructional designer is important. For tips on how to develop the courses, listen to what the 2017 eLearning award winners thought was important as they engaged in the process.