Tips for Collaborative Course Development with Instructional Designers and Active Learning Strategies

Brooke Mann, an instructor, and director of the Clinical Psychology graduate program at FHSU, recently shared her experiences in developing online courses with Dr. Zhong Rui Yao (Ray), an instructional designer at Teaching Innovation and Learning Technologies (TILT). In their discussion, Brooke shares her course development experiences for PSY 890 Practicum in Applied Psychology and PSY 877 Seminar in Community Mental Health with TILT, she also provided valuable tips for effective collaboration between faculty members and instructional designers in creating engaging, effective online courses and active learning strategies.

Brooke’s general course development experiences with TILT

Brooke had a great experience working with TILT’s course development team, who were very flexible, had clear expectations, and guided her in course development.

Brooke also shares several strategies for engaging students, including:

Brooke said faculty definitely need to work with TILT course development team, because they are experts in the field of learning and technology and know the best practices in this area.

Brooke’s second tip was to establish a sense of community within the course. By providing opportunities for students to interact with each other, such as through online discussions and peer review activities, students feel more connected to one another and a sense of belonging in the course is fostered.

Another important tip was to provide regular and personalize feedback to students. This helps students understand their progress and provide opportunities for improvement. By providing feedback consistently, students are more likely to be engaged in the course and take an active role in their own learning.

Brooke shares several tips for effective course development with TILT, including:

Brooke’s tips for effective course development highlight the importance of communication and collaboration between instructors and instructional designers. One of the most important tips that Brooke shares is to ask for help. As an instructor, it’s important to recognize that you don’t have to tackle the task of course development on your own. By working with instructional designers, you can take advantage of their expertise and knowledge to create courses that are engaging and effective.

Another key tip that Brooke shares is to check in often. It’s important to communicate regularly with instructional designers to ensure that you’re on the same page and that the course is moving in the right direction. Regular check-ins can also help you identify and address any issues or concerns that may arise throughout the course development process.

Finally, Brooke emphasizes the importance of keeping communication open and maintaining a collaborative approach. Effective online course development requires a team effort, and it’s important to establish clear lines of communication between instructors and instructional designers. This can involve regular meetings, brainstorming sessions, and open communication channels that allow for ongoing feedback and collaboration.

By following these tips, instructors can work with instructional designers to create engaging and effective online courses that meet the needs of their students. With open communication, collaboration, and a willingness to ask for help when needed, instructors can create courses that are engaging, effective, and successful. In conclusion, developing online courses that engage and effectively teach students requires a collaborative effort between faculty members and instructional designers. For more information from Brooke about her course development goals and how TILT helps her accomplish these goals and more, please listen to our episode.

To listen to this episode, click “play” below or go to our FHSU TILT Talk page.

TILT Talk E13: Tips for Collaborative Course Development with Instructional Designers and Active Learning Strategies

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