by Eruditio Loginquitas
25 June 2009
Subject matter experts from a variety of fields are turning towards online learning as a way to serve a wider constituency of learners. Some get on online learning projects because of grant funding and the originality of their expertise. Not all who get on projects particularly believe in online learning. As a matter of fact, some approach online learning with mixed emotions and attitudes. In a team that works well, these concerns are surfaced and addressed incrementally.
One positive byproduct of an online course build involves the complex learning involved in building a course for online delivery. There are the various methods and tools—the stylebook; the policies for intellectual property and accessibility; the scripts for videos; the story-boarding (where necessary); the rich uses of learning / course management systems, and other elements.
A faculty team learns about the affordances and limits of the technologies at present. They discover open-source digital contents.
On a team, the members get a better sense of each other’s personalities and talents. They interact over different aesthetics. They have different work approaches. However, if I’ve learned nothing else, it’s that professionals are still professionals at core. Even if they have different timelines for work, the pros still deliver and still come through. Also, there’s a sense of collegial behaviors as well.
Professional connections can also be long-lasting and persistent…and remembering the importance of these relationships over time is critical.
The team’s learning continues well into the delivery of the course. Here, the development team of faculty may see how live learners respond to their handiwork. The lead instructors may see how students interact, and if they’re paying close attention, they may emerge with solid suggestions for improvement, based on the learner experience.