From Meh to WOW! Employing the ECP Rubric and Principles of Individualized Instruction to Help Faculty Develop Excellent Online Courses

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In “Individualizing Instruction,” Roger Hiemstra reminds us that individualized instruction for adults supports learner autonomy and encourages self-directed education (1990). Individualized instruction was implemented for all faculty in the KCTCS Optimizing Online Learning (KOOL) Academy Pilot. KOOL Academy offered 28 faculty an opportunity to participate in a year-long cohort learning experience designed to move their online courses from Meh to Wow using the Blackboard Exemplary Course Program (ECP) Rubric. Instructional experts synthesized external course reviews and faculty self-review to develop personalized plans that spoke to the specific needs of each faculty in the pilot. This individualized plan is the heart of the KOOL academy. ECP provided the instructional framework for evaluation by offering validity, clarity, language and direction.

This session will detail the process KCTCS used to develop and implement the KOOL Academy pilot. Session participants will learn about the faculty application process; compare and contrast course review notes between faculty participants and instructional experts; examine sample individualized improvement plans provided for faculty; view courses pre/post-academy; and hear testimonial comments from faculty.


Speakers:Leah Simpson | KCTCS | Paige Brooks | Jeffiers | KCTCS | Steve McGuire | Gateway Community and Technical College | Kim Calebs | KCTCS