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#7.5 Campus Partners Working Together to Create Accessible Online Learning Environments . Panelists: Steve Adams, Distributed Learning Support Services Lacy K. Ford, Senior Vice Provost Christy Friend, Center for Teaching Excellence Aisha Haynes, Center for Teaching Excellence

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Panelists: Online Learning Environments 

Steve Adams, Distributed Learning

Support Services

Lacy K. Ford, Senior Vice Provost

Christy Friend, Center for Teaching Excellence

Aisha Haynes, Center for Teaching Excellence

Karen Pettus, Student Disability Services


Overview Online Learning Environments 

  • Vice-Provost’s Introduction (video)

  • Quality Review Timeline

    • Background (pre-2010)

    • Groundwork (2010-2013)

    • Building a process (2013-2014)

  • Year 1 Successes

  • Challenges and Next Steps


Introduction Online Learning Environments 

  • Senior Vice Provost Lacy K. Ford

  • Commitment to Quality Accessible Online Courses

  • Link to Senior Vice Provost Lacy K. Ford Video


University of South Carolina Online Learning Environments 

Total Enrollment 45,457

Undergraduate 36,220

Graduate 6,867

Professional 1,470

  • Main and Senior Campuses

  • Columbia

  • Aiken

  • Upstate

  • Beaufort

  • Regional Campuses

  • Lancaster

  • Salkehatchie

  • Sumter

  • Union


Background Online Learning Environments 

Thirty-two graduate degree and certificate programs through DL

Online (Blackboard, Adobe Connect), DVD & telepresence

Enrollment Growth

10,365 (AY 09)

13,665 (AY 10)

15,582 (AY 11)

16,602 (AY 12)

17,883 (AY 13)

18,808 (AY 14)


Timeline Online Learning Environments 


2010 Online Learning Environments 

  • Distributed Learning Move by Vice Provost

    • Academic services leadership

    • Closer involvement with academic units

    • Course approval process revision

    • Unified vision and blueprint

    • Collaboration established


2011-2012 Online Learning Environments 

  • Instructional Designers hired

  • University subscription to Quality Matters Program

  • Training for Instructional Designers

  • 7 Ways to Make Your Class Accessible


2011-2012 Online Learning Environments 

  • September 24th, 2012:

    • OCR presentation on accessibility of online material

  • New online technologies and delivery modes

  • Enterprise applications and opportunities


2012-2013 Online Learning Environments 

  • Dr. Ford’s assessment of online courses

    • Adoption of Quality Matters rubric for best practices

    • $1,500 course revision grant for faculty


Spring 2013 Online Learning Environments 

  • Provost’s Quality Review Process Created

    • Process begins and ends with faculty

    • Rubric addresses course quality and accessibility

    • Collaborative units provide ongoing support

    • Provost’s Office announces and provides incentives


Spring 2013 Online Learning Environments 

DL Course Review Flow Chart


Summer Online Learning Environments 2013

  • Getting the Word Out

  • Documents sent to department chairs/deans

  • CTE develops forms and resources

  • Faculty DL committee consulted


2013-2014 Online Learning Environments 

  • Process Underway

  • Designers worked with faculty to revise courses

  • Weekly CTE meetings to discuss review process 

  • Designers review courses and make recommendations

  • Faculty DL Quality Assurance committee reviewed materials/made recommendations


2013-2014 Online Learning Environments 

  • Getting Faculty Buy-In

  • Campus partners streamline process for faculty

  • Process begins and ends with departments/faculty 

  • Emphasis on flexibility and meeting faculty needs

  • Incentives/recognition for successful course revisions


Results Online Learning Environments 

  • Year 1 (108 courses):

  • 34 passed review

  • 16 expected to pass by Fall 2014

  • 27 retired by department

  • 22 faculty received $1500 + commendation letter


  • Success Story 1: Online Learning Environments 

  • Vera Polyakova-Norwood

  • Director of Online Learning

  • Nursing

  • Challenge: Transcripts for frequent lecture updates

  • Solutions:

    • Faculty pooled grant funds

    • Use Dragon Naturally Speaking and Student Assistants


  • Success Story 2: Online Learning Environments 

  • Maureen Petkewich

  • Instructor

  • Statistics

  • Challenge: Captions for videos showing math calculations

  • Solution: Supplemental grant funds to hire captioning service


  • Success Story 3: Online Learning Environments 

  • Rebecca Collier

  • Adjunct Faculty

  • Women & Gender Studies

  • Challenge: Retrofitting existing voiceover PowerPoint lectures

  • Solutions:

    • Teaching assistant created transcripts

    • Will create scripts for future lecture preparation

  • “I like how the PowerPoint videos have a notes tab that puts in words exactly what you are saying in the videos, allows me to follow along and take good notes easily.”


  • Other Successes Online Learning Environments 

  • 11 faculty/8 staff receive award from Disability Services

  • Invitations to present at conferences

  • Faculty and student testimonials


Next Steps Online Learning Environments 

  • Quality Review for all DL graduate courses

  • Goal: All DL courses undergo review every 3-5 years

  • Goal: Work with technology services to create system-wide accessibility solutions


Questions? Online Learning Environments 


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