Has the process of designing and delivering an online course impacted your traditional teaching in any way?
Pereira: “Ease of use, what is an online user, what’s their attention span and what motivates and engages them, how Canvas is organized to communicate a pace and a progress and a direction . . . these all need to be considered in a different way when you teach online."
Shed: “I think so much more about the micro-moves of teaching . . . The digital space forces me to be detailed and to be consistent and intentional in my approach with examples of practice.”
Can you talk a bit about what it has been like to work with the TLL on your online course design work?
Shed: “It’s been great and so many people have played a role in supporting HTF. Joanna (Huang, Learning Designer) thinks about designing and supporting the development of our seven online learning experiences; Brandon (Pousley, Senior Learning Technologist) serves multiple capacities, training faculty on WebEx and identifying an eportfolio (platform); Arti (Sharma, Manager of Media and Learning Technologies) and Bonnie (Anderson, Manager of Learning Design and Analytics) do high-level thinking about integration of technologies, program needs, pedagogical solutions, and the design process of a program; Josh (Bookin, Manager of Instructional Support and Development) helped to develop program mapping and re-evaluate competencies and alignment to coursework; and Aaliyah (El-Amin, Lecturer on Education and Project Lead for Diversity and Inclusion) helped us think about thoughtful competencies and throughlines of diversity and equity throughout the program experience.”
Pereira: “I have worked with everyone in TLL in one way or another (and it has been) some of the most engaging work I’ve done . . . not just learning protocols and procedures but considering my blind spots in areas of instruction."
What has been one of the most difficult challenges so far? Can you tell us a story of one particularly joyous success so far?
Pereira: We really have talented people and grand ideas for the ideal version of the program – ‘startup’ and ‘ideal’ do not exist at the same time . . . In terms of success, I’m happy and proud of what we put together for my online methods course, and I am happy and proud of what I learned along the way.”
From a teaching and learning perspective, what are some opportunities you look forward to exploring in the year ahead?
Mahoney: “Using asynchronous teaching modules."
Pereira: “I talked to Josh about how to utilize readings in my class . . . engaging with reading and planning discussions that delve deeper into readings. Moving forward, I want to learn more about best practices with asynchronous discussions and teaching effective synchronous sessions in 90-minutes to keep everyone engaged.”