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Illuminating Hybrid Course Development Seminar with MERLOT Learning Objects. Cathy Simpson, Director Technology Applications Center [email protected] http://tac.nvcc.edu Laura Franklin, Professor of French Co-editor, MERLOT World Languages [email protected] eLearning Conference 2007.

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Illuminating

Hybrid Course Development Seminar

with MERLOT Learning Objects

Cathy Simpson, Director

Technology Applications Center

[email protected]

http://tac.nvcc.edu

Laura Franklin, Professor of French

Co-editor, MERLOT World Languages

[email protected]

eLearning Conference 2007


Session objectives
Session Objectives

  • Share how hybrid seminar assisted 145 faculty across 34 disciplines to develop 65 hybrid course repositories 

  • Share our instructional strategies and tools used to engage faculty

  • Demonstrate how MERLOT collection was key resource for understanding several course concepts

  • Explore how MERLOT peer review model used to design peer review process for hybrid courses.


Establishing a community

Establishing a Community

Who We Are

Who Are You?


About nvcc
About NVCC

  • Largest community college of 23 in Virginia Community College System – 6 campuses & 3 centers

  • Located in the Washington, D.C. suburbs

  • 60,451 credit students annually (unduplicated)

  • 24,557 non-credit students annually (unduplicated)

  • 12,00 students in distance learning courses

  • 288 distance learning courses offered currently

  • 350 hybrid courses offered currently


Nvcc student body faculty
NVCC Student Body/Faculty

Student Body

  • 52% between 18 and 24 years of age

  • 54% female and 46% male

  • 52% Caucasian, 16% African American, 13% Asian,

    11% Hispanic, 8% other

  • International students from 184 countries

    Faculty

  • 524 Full Time

  • 1,037 Part Time



What is a hybrid course at nova
What is a Hybrid Course at NOVA?

Courses where a significant portion of the learning activities are moved online and time spent in the classroom is reduced but not eliminated. They blend in-class teaching and online learning.


Types of hybrid courses
Types of Hybrid Courses

  • Synchronous Face-to-Face Classroom and Asynchronous Online Learning

  • Virtual, Synchronous Face-to-Face Classroom and Asynchronous Online Learning

  • Variety of Combinations of Classroom and Online Emphasis:

    67/33; 60/40; 50/50; 40/60; 33/67


Hybrid course development seminar goals
Hybrid Course Development Seminar Goals

  • Familiarize faculty with learning theory and best practice of hybrid and online instruction

  • Assist faculty in re-imagining and re-designing their course

  • Conduct hands-on hybrid course design and development training


Hybrid course development seminar goals1
Hybrid Course Development Seminar Goals

  • Assist faculty in using Blackboard, eMEETING, MERLOT and other pedagogical tools in delivering their hybrid courses 

  • Establish collegial and interactive network among various faculty developing hybrid courses

  • Develop learning community for faculty teaching hybrid courses


Hybrid course development seminar objectives
Hybrid Course Development Seminar Objectives

  • Define hybrid courses

  • Apply learning theory to hybrid course design

  • Identify and apply best practices for hybrid courses

  • Experience using tools including Blackboard, eMEETING, MERLOT, wiki, blog, and webquest

  • Create effective blended course activities


Online Feedback

F2F Performance and Feedback

F2F Instruction

Online Experience(s) or Interaction

Online Experience(s) or Interactions

F2F Activity or Coaching


  • Participate in peer review process

  • Collaborate to write clear learning objectives

  • Design overall plan for assessing student learning

  • Develop and manage online discussions

  • Design and implement hybrid course repository


General information about seminar design
General Information about Seminar Design

  • Is a hybrid course

  • Offered in 10 sessions over summer

  • Extended through fall semester

  • Coordinated by team

  • Used Blackboard, MERLOT, eMEETING, email, blog, and wiki

  • Invited guest experts to participate

  • Incorporated interaction through discussion forums, blog, wiki, email, eMEETING, and group work

  • Produced discipline specific hybrid repositories


Hybrid course repository set up folders provide some content
Hybrid Course Repository –Set-up Folders & Provide Some Content

  • Announcement

  • Course Information

    • Getting Started

    • Gen Ed Goals

    • Attendance Policy

    • Plagiarism Statement

    • Netiquette Statement

    • Role of Student


  • Assignments Folders

  • Discussion Board with Directions

    • Introductions

    • Q & A

    • Cyber Café

  • Resources

    • College Resources


Merlot and course menu
MERLOT and Course Menu

  • Course Information

  • Assignments

  • Resources

    • Hybrid Course Development Resources

      • MERLOT Learning Material Repository

    • Teaching and Learning with Technology Resources

      • MERLOT Teaching and Technology Portal



Purpose for incorporating merlot learning materials into seminar design
Purpose for Incorporating MERLOT Learning Materials into Seminar Design

  • Strategy for understanding key course concepts

  • Model of best practice

  • Example of learning material that offers variety of learning opportunities to meet various learning styles

  • Means to apply learning theory to hybrid course design

  • Model for peer review


Merlot learning materials used in assignments
MERLOT Learning Materials Used in Assignments Seminar Design

  • The Learning Objects Portal

  • MERLOT > About Us

    • Video Overview of MERLOT

  • Three Hybrid Definition Learning Materials

  • Parade of Games in PowerPoint

  • Active Learning with PowerPoint

  • Evaluation Criteria for Peer Reviews of MERLOT Learning Materials


Merlot learning object learning objects portal
MERLOT Learning Object Seminar DesignLearning Objects Portal

http://ilearn.senecac.on.ca/lop/


Assignment prior during and after emeeting session
Assignment Prior, During and After eMEETING Session Seminar Design

  • Review MERLOT web site prior to attending session - http://www.merlot.org

  • Learn how to use eMEETING as teaching and learning tool.

  • Explore MERLOT during eMEETING session

  • Identify one learning material in MERLOT to develop into learning activity in your discipline-specific repository.



Peer review process for hybrid repositories
Peer Review Process for Hybrid Repositories Seminar Design

Based on three general categories of evaluation standards used within MERLOT:

  • Quality of Content

    • Learning Objectives

    • Learning Activities

  • Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching-Learning Tool

    • Opportunity for Interaction

    • Course Support

  • Ease of Use

    • Getting Started

    • Navigation

    • Organization http://taste.merlot.org/peerreviewprocess.html


Exploring short online training courses merlot 101 online and adapting to learning styles
Exploring Short Online Training Courses: Seminar Design MERLOT 101 Online andAdapting to Learning Styles


Merlot 101 online building a collection of online learning materials
MERLOT 101 Online: Seminar DesignBuilding a Collection of Online Learning Materials

Major Assignments for three week course:

  • Who we are and why we are here

  • Familiarization with MERLOT

    http://taste.merlot.org/

  • Creating a MERLOT Member Profile http://www.merlot.org/merlot/viewMember.htm?id=11342


Merlot 101 online building a collection of online learning materials1
MERLOT 101 Online: Seminar DesignBuilding a Collection of Online Learning Materials

Major Assignments for three week course:

  • Searching and Browsing MERLOT http://www.merlot.org/merlot/index.htm

  • Starting a MERLOT Personal Collection http://taste.merlot.org/personalcollections.html

  • Building a MERLOT Learning Assignment (optional) http://www.merlot.org/merlot/viewAssignment.htm?id=91634&backPage=%2Fmembers.htm&hitlistPage=%2Fassignments.htm%3FuserId%3D23735%26backPage%3D%252Fmembers.htm


Questions

Questions Seminar Design

http://tac.nvcc.edu

http://www.merlot.org


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