Course Design & Instructional Methodologies
The program consists of 10 courses of which eight can be taken anytime during the student’s schedule. As discussed in the aforementioned section IDLT 500 should be the first course students take in their program and IDLT 600 should be the last course that students take in their program. These courses serve as the bookends for the program and are offered every semester. The remaining eight courses are offered in and throughout the calendar year.
Since each course is an online 7-week class, students should expect to work on their course materials, readings, and assignments for a minimum of 18 hours each week. Anderson University uses the Canvas as its Learning Management System and thus all due dates for assignments, papers, and discussions are posted within the LMS. Each course follows a modular design and layout in that there is a welcome module and seven modules. The seven modules traditionally follow the seven weeks of the course and always begin with an overview of that module, readings and resources for the students to review, and the assignments for the module. Many professors create key projects and assignments for their courses, which are often due in module seven, and use the early modules to scaffold and build on their knowledge for that culminating project.
While each instructor has the freedom to personalize and adapt their courses as they see fit, the program uses Course Template Coordinators to ensure that materials and resources are up to date and key projects are included and completed. Using course templates also ensures that when courses are taught multiple times a year or multiple sections a semester, there is consistency among and throughout the courses. One area that all faculty members, and course template coordinators have included in all courses, is the use of FlipGrid. FlipGrid is a tool used to foster and encourage student engagement. Instead of having discussion boards every week, instructors use FlipGrid to allow students the opportunity to record a response to that module’s prompts or questions and then review over the submissions of their classmates and reply with another video submission.
Students are encouraged to stay up to date on their Canvas course and log into their Anderson University email daily. Also, students are expected to be active participants in their online courses. It is stressed to students that need to actively engage and communicate with their instructors and students in their online courses. This means that students should be submitting assignments by due dates and contacting their instructor if they run into problems or concerns.