Many of you followed a workshop or seminar that we (myself and Dylan Barth, primarily) delivered in 2012-2013 that was focused on sharing what we were doing at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee (UWM) and hearing what other campuses were doing across the country to ensure quality in blended and online courses (see slideshare.net/tjoosten).
Since we felt quality started at the beginning of the process and not just at the end, while being partial to the necessity of faculty development, we had three driving set of questions targeting why instructors chose to teach blended and/or online, what preparation was needed to effectively teach blended and/or online, and how we can determine if we have good blended and/or online courses being offered to students.
This workshop idea developed from experiences we were having traveling to different institutions to conduct faculty development programs for blended and online. Each time we went to a campus, there were so many other questions regarding incentives for faculty, engaging faculty, showcases of effective practices, evaluating courses, and more. Our expertise was in teaching and helping other instructors teach blended and online courses. There was an obvious need for enhancing our understanding across institutions in these areas.
After talking with dozens, if not hundreds of folks from institutions across the country and the globe, we (myself and Nicole Weber) analyzed all of the notes from our seminar and workshops around our three main areas of ensuring quality and developed codes or categories of that data. We then converted this into a survey. We hope our mixed methods approach leads to a robust collection of data across institutions allowing us to have some data-driven directioning to understand practices for ensuring quality in blended and online from the start, effectively engaging faculty in the process.
As colleagues, I ask you to please complete the survey about teaching blended and online at your institution. Also, please pass the survey onto other colleagues at your institution and to others in your online learning network that are instructors at other institutions.
We hope to share our findings in presentation and publication in late 2015.
Access survey here:
I am Tanya Joosten at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM). I am conducting a study on preparing and teaching blended and online courses. I would appreciate your participation in this study, as it will assist us in making recommendations for institutions and programs to ensure quality in blended and online.
Some of you may have participated in a workshop UWM delivered over the past couple years where we discussed practices at your institutions and our own to ensure quality. It was through these workshop experiences that we developed an instrument to better understand these practices across institutions.
If you agree to be in this study, you will be asked to fill out an online survey about your experience with your experience preparing to teaching and teaching blended and/or online courses that will take 30 minutes to complete. There are no known risks associated with your being in the study. Possible benefits are that you will have a voice in helping shape institutional practices and the support faculty receive when preparing to teach courses.
The survey you fill out will be treated confidentially. Data from this study may be published in professional journals. Only grouped data will be presented or published. As an online participant in this research, there is always the risk of intrusion by outside agents, i.e., hacking, and therefore the possibility of being identified.
By completing the survey at the attached link, you are stating that you are at least of 18 years of age and understand that any information about you will be treated in a confidential manner and that the data collected and the results obtained will be used for research purposes only. Your personal information will never be used to report any results of the projects. You understand that the records and data files related to this research project will be maintained in the UWM Research Center for Distance Education and Technological Advancement for a period no longer than ten years and that only personnel directly associated with this project will have access to them.
You understand that you may refuse to participate in this study or withdraw at any time without penalty. You understand that you may be withdrawn from this study by the investigators if you do not meet the screening criteria. You understand that, should you withdraw or be withdrawn from the study, any information that you have provided will be destroyed.
Once the study is completed, we would be glad to give the results to you. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact me:
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