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Writer: Rob Eaton
BYU-Idaho's approach to creating and teaching courses online is designed to harness the subject matter expertise of all the parties involved. Even though having so many parties involved in such a creative process can be challenging, the synergy of these critical ingredients allows BYU-Idaho to create a high-quality learning experience online.
For this collaborative approach to succeed, it's important for everyone who contributes to understand their role - and to respect the expertise and experience of others. This article is part two of a three part series that will provide a high-level explanation of relative roles and responsibilities. Part one focuses on campus faculty, part two on the role of the online team, and part three on online instructors.
The Online Team
A centralized team oversees the creation and administration of courses online at BYU-Idaho. This approach has two distinct advantages: Expertise and Scalability.
Curriculum designers with advanced degrees in instructional design provide critical expertise in creating courses, while specialists in online instruction train remote instructors how to achieve the best results when teaching online. In addition, by handling the logistical details of reviewing thousands of applications, hiring hundreds of applicants, and offering hundreds of sections, the online team makes it possible to offer courses online to thousands of students without overwhelming department chairs.
The roles and responsibilities of the online team include the following:
The entirety of these articles, along with a table that outlines the approval process for online activities, can be found in the Fall 2012 issue of Perspective Magazine.