Redesigning The Telecourse For The Millennial Generation. Erik Christensen Patricia Manderville South Florida Community College. 1. South Florida Community College. 4 rural campuses in 3 counties 3,521Enrollment 54% Female 34 % Full Time 36% Minorities Average Age 23
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South Florida Community College
Passive learning experience
Minimal interface with instructor or other students
Requires a lot of self motivation
Poor student satisfaction
Poor student success
It’s not what the instructor does that matters.
Rather, it is what the student does.
Digitized and loaded all videos on campus server
Added online components
Added Experiential Learning Components
Imposed a Very Structured Course Design
- Howe and Strauss (2000, 2003)
Forces students to reflect on their performance
Allows non-threatening opportunity for advising, counseling, or acknowledging good performance
Promise a response within 24 hrs
But typically reply within 8 hours
Under promise but over perform!
Each student is assigned their own star
Must apply fundamentals to their star:
Turn in projects one week early
Attend a Star Party
Service Learning Opportunities
Example of Lunar Observation Data
Be sure to do your observing between Moonrise and Moonset!
Shade in the parts of the Moon that you do NOT see.
Place a large dot on both figures to show the location of the Moon as you see it.
Class subdivided into small groups
Must work together online to respond to conceptual critical thinking questions
Great for conceptual homework questions
Students really enjoy discussion type exercises
How would you explain to an 8-year old what a black hole is and how we know they exist?
Question of the Week
Two month-long projects
Goal is to minimize procrastination
Observe the Moon for one Lunar cycle (28 days)
Analyze correlation between Moon phase and tidal cycle
The most demanding part of the course but also the most rewarding
Twice each month
Telescope viewing sessions
See with their own eyes what we have been studying
Bring along family and friends
Great recruitment tool
for future students!
This will be assessed through your Star Project.
This will be assessed via quizzes and exams.
This will be assessed via the Lunar Observation Project.
Course enrollment is skyrocketing
Up 200% in one year!
High student satisfaction
Improved student learning
Highly recommended by peers
Challenging but rewarding
“I think this an excellent course and one you can excel at. As silly as it sounds, don't blow off this class for your "real" classes. This class deserves a full slot in your life! I am glad I took this course, I've learned a lot about something I knew nothing about. I did get all of my assignments done early instead of waiting until the last moment for once. It was great.!! P.S. Take part in the star parties and join in. They're cool!”