Optional Activities for Learner Support

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    Use one or more of these optional activities to apply what you've learned to your own course. Complete the assignment on your own. Share your work with a colleague informally or through a Peer Review. Or, ask for feedback through the discussion forums in this course. Consider also providing useful constructive feedback to others; it is a great way to solidify your own understanding of these concepts.

    You might also find the content of these activities useful to bring concrete ideas and questions to the your peers or the course facilitators. And the collaboration doesn't end there-- continue these discussions with the colleagues at your institution and in your broader peer groups.


    Activity 1: Feedback
    • Rubric criteria:
      • Learners have the opportunity to give feedback to the instructor regarding course design and course content both during course delivery and after course completion
      • Feedback mechanisms allow students to participate anonymously in course evaluation
    • Assignment:

      • Read "Mid-Term Teaching Evaluations" by Billie Hara at the Chronicle of Higher Education.
      • Write a survey that will solicit feedback from your students regarding design and delivery at certain benchmarks throughout the term.
      • Tip:  Find relevant examples of survey questions so that you don't need to write your own for general feedback and only need to write your own for points specific to your course.

    • Example:


    Activity 2: Course/Institutional Policies

    • Rubric criteria:
      • Links to institutional policies, materials, and forms relevant for learner success (for example, plagiarism policies) are clearly labeled and easy to find
      • Links allow easy navigation from the course to the information and back; course/instructor policies regarding decorum, behavior, and netiquette are easy to find and written clearly to avoid confusion
      • Links to institutional services such as the library, writing center, or financial aid office are clearly labeled and easy to find 
    • Assignment:
      • Research your institution’s and/or program's accrediting agencies’ policies that affect the inclusion of learner support items in your course.
      • Write a short description of how your course addresses these requirements. Include references to the accrediting agency and a link to or summary of the policy/guidelines.
      • Tip: See what learner support resources are already being provided by your institution so that you can link to them rather than creating your own.


    Activity 3: Rubric Review

    1. Read the Learner Support section of the Blackboard Exemplary Course Program Rubric.
    2. Use the rubric to review the learner support in your own course. Take notes and give yourself feedback in the Reviewer Form - Learner Support    https://openeducation.blackboard.com/webapps/blackboard/content/listContentEditable.jsp?content_id=_25910_1&course_id=_485_1#contextMenu    
    3. Optionally, ask a colleague or a Reviewer in your ECP MOOC group to review the learner support in your course and provide feedback. If you need help turning on guest access for your course, see the On Demand Learning Center video. Note that you can choose which areas of your course to make guest accessible, but interactive tools and student information are never exposed to guests.