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Designing Online Courses as a Team: A Team-Based Approach Model

Designing Online Courses as a Team: A Team-Based Approach Model
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Author(s): M'hammed Abdous (Old Dominion University, Norfolk, USA)
Copyright: 2020
Volume: 10
Issue: 1
Pages: 13
Source title: International Journal of Online Pedagogy and Course Design (IJOPCD)
Editor(s)-in-Chief: Chia-Wen Tsai (Ming Chuan University, Taiwan) and Pei-Di Shen (Ming Chuan University, Taiwan)
DOI: 10.4018/IJOPCD.2020010105


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Unlike the traditional “lone ranger” method for online course design—a method that hinges on individual faculty efforts, expertise, and knowledge—a team-based approach (TBA) harnesses the collective intelligence of several experts to design effective online learning experiences. Using learning design (LD) as a conceptual framework, this article describes the experience of a public institution in using a team-based approach to produce a large number of online courses for degree programs. After establishing the relevance of a team-based approach, the author discusses the premises that underpin the model, in terms of process, faculty relationship, and quality assurance. Building on these premises, a cyclical backward design process is described which is intended to (1) clarify course-learning outcomes and align course content, (2) determine acceptable evidence of students' learning, and (3) plan the learning experience. The article is concluded with a few insights and lessons learned from the institutional experience.

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