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The Check: Quality Online Course Design

University and Further Ed

The Check is the College of Education and Human Development (University of Minnesota) guide to creating instructionally effective and user-friendly online learning environments (online courses, hybrid courses, and sites that augment face-to-face courses). Based upon research and a comprehensive analysis of other course design tools and rubrics, the College’s Academic Technology Services (ATS) team developed a checklist of best practices that is both accessible and appropriate to our context.

The Check, a freely available tool, can be used at any point in the course development process—when designing a new course or to evaluate an existing course. The use of The Check in course development or revision leverages Moodle features to implement instructional design best practices.  In this 90 minute workshop, team members will share The Check with attendees, discuss its development,  highlight its use (specifically in Moodle), and encourage dialog on its incorporation into the course design process.  Included in this discussion will be a review the College’s Moodle template designed for instructors who want to create a course site from scratch with elements of The Check already in place. In addition, the panel will share case studies in which The Check has been used in their own instructional design practice and how instructors have used it, independently, to design and evaluate their own Moodle course sites.

The panel consists of members of the College's Academic Technology Services team:

Treden Wagoner, Academic Technologist

Tom Nechodomu, Instructional Designer

Melissa Falldin, Instructional Designer

Lyn DeLorme, Instructional Designer

Presented by...

Treden Wagoner, Academic Technologist, University of Minnesota
Treden Wagoner, Thomas Nechodomu, Lyn DeLorme and Melissa Falldin
Academic Technologist
University of Minnesota - College of Education and Human Development

Thomas Nechodomu is an Instructional Designer in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota. He has over 15 years of experience in education including curriculum development, instructional design, teaching in higher-ed, and corporate training. Thomas specializes in the application of adult learning theory, sound pedagogy, and educational technology into instructional design practice. Most recently he has been involved in the evaluation of online course site effectiveness, producing and editing an eBook on digital storytelling, and COIL (Collaborative Online International Learning) initiatives.

Lyn DeLorme, an Instructional Designer in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota, holds an M.S. in Instructional Design and a PhD in Education. She has consulted on curriculum design, academic technology integration and media development for business, industry, K-12 and higher education across an array of fields from aviation to zoology.

Treden Wagoner is the Academic Technologist in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota. He has a M.A. in Education and over 20 years teaching experience. Treden has specialized in education technology since 2002. In his position, he leads the college's strategic initiatives such as Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL), Digital Course Packs, the iPad Initiative, and Treks (summer faculty development program with a focus on instructional technologies). Before joining the College, Treden worked in art museum education.

Melissa Falldin, is an Instructional Designer in the University of Minnesota, College of Education and Human Development, Academic Technology team. She has a M.S. in Instructional Design and Technology and has extensive experience in teaching, corporate training and development, curriculum design, and educational technology. Throughout her career, Melissa has specialized in leveraging innovative technologies to enhance learning and learner success. Before joining the college, Melissa worked within community, charter and k-12 education as well as corporate and small business settings.


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