Friday, December 13, 2013

Institute update and infrastructure support

At the Institute meeting on Tuesday, December 10, we provided an update on recent strategic planning efforts regarding online/multimedia-enhanced education at Rose-Hulman.  We’ve formed a Rose-Hulman Online strategy team of faculty members, administrators, and technical staff to build a strong support infrastructure for teaching online courses (seminars, workshops, etc.), hybrid or “flipped” classes, and creating/using multimedia learning tools in face-to-face classes.  We’ve also identified a set of goals to be achieved by the end of June, 2014.  We’ve created a visual dashboard of our progress on these goals, which we’ll update periodically and post publicly via this blog.  The dashboard is viewable/downloadable here:

At the Institute meeting we didn’t have time to go into details about all of the issues that the strategy team is working on, but we’re basing our work largely on the outline suggested in “Infrastructure and Administrative Support for Online Programs,” by John Mayer and Amanda Barefield, Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 13(3), Fall 2010.   We’ve added a few things to the issues listed by these authors (examples include policies/practices regarding cyberbullying, teaching students in countries where internet access is controlled, merging good practices with our academic calendar).  However, we haven’t taken anything identified by these authors off of our list of ‘things to consider!’

If you’d like to learn more about the issues we are tackling, the original article we’re working from is available in pdf form, downloadable at:

The article is also viewable in a web browser at: