How I can help you

Faculty workshops

Curriculum development: I can provide guidance and training for educators and administrators in creating a curriculum from scratch that is integrated, addresses necessary content, and is mapped to appropriate standards. The streamlined approach that I use is easy to learn and logical. The templates that I provide are useful for accreditation and disseminating information to faculty and other stakeholders. They can also be used as a basis for course and faculty evaluations.

Curriculum evaluation: The need for curriculum revision is often stimulated by student end of course evaluations and changes in format from classroom to online. However, at times a comprehensive evaluation of all courses in a curriculum is needed to determine why student end of course surveys have not improved in spite of making some of the changes they recommended. Based on issues identified by faculty, administrators, and students as well as best practices in online teaching from the Community of Inquiry model of Garrison, Anderson, and Archer (1999), I can create a customized online course evaluation rubric for this purpose. A comprehensive report can be generated that will guide administrators in decision-making and individual reports to provide feedback to faculty on the online courses they teach and recommendations for improvement. Depending upon the complexity of the customized rubric, each course will require approximately three hours to evaluate in addition to the needs assessment and planning phases.

Curriculum revision: The need to revise curricula varies, but I can help you assess the needs and complete a revision accordingly. Whether it involves taking a successful classroom-based course to the online environment or revising an existing online course, I can advise on appropriate teaching methods, how to develop case studies and map them across a curriculum, how to create engaging discussion questions, and share other best practices in online teaching. Starting the process with a critical assessment of the objectives is necessary to align them with the call for radical transformation in nursing. Using templates that I developed, the new curriculum can then be created identifying evaluation strategies and teaching methods using Backward Design of Wiggins and McTighe (2005) and mapped to standards, ensuring that necessary content is taught and repetition is done by design.

Online faculty training: When faculty are teaching online, organizing training sessions can be challenging, as they may not be required to do so from a campus office. Developing a training program to fit your needs can be done in the learning management system (LMS) used for students. My specialty is creating an online training to teach faculty how to teach online. The type of training will assure that all faculty within a program are on the same page with regard to teaching methods and are using the tools recommended by administration. This provides consistency to students as they progress from course to course, so they can focus on learning and not spend time trying to locate needed documents in the LMS. This is an excellent training to share online teaching requirements and expectations of interaction with students. Providing such a training for newly hired and current faculty, regardless of their online teaching experience can provide the foundation for faculty evaluations and place student end of course evaluation in context.

Garrison, D. R., Anderson, T., Archer, W. (1999). Critical inquiry in a text-based environment: Computer conferencing in higher education. Internet and Higher Education, 2(2-3), 87-105.

Wiggins, G., & McTighe, J.  (2005). Understanding by design (2   ed.). Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

Fees: I will provide a proposal with estimation of time required to complete the task. I charge$50/hour plus expenses if travel is necessary.

I can be contacted at:

ContempCurricSolutions@gmail.com

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