Citation: Hai-Jew, S. (2010). An Instructional Design Approach to Updating an Online Course Curriculum (EDUCAUSE Quarterly) | EDUCAUSE. EDUCAUSE Quarterly, 33(4). Retrieved fromhttp://www.educause.edu/EDUCAUSE+Quarterly/EDUCAUSEQuarterlyMagazineVolu... .
Summary: Describes a method for revising and updating online education that focuses on legal issues, content knowledge, teaching method, and technology.
- Factors that impede or stop updates in course content
- Lack of dedicated resources.
- Lack of political will among administration.
- Inertia on the part of curriculum developers.
- Protectionist attitude by course developers.
- Factors that stimulate update
- Grant funds
- Administrative push
- Accreditation review
- Need for a new degree program.
- Questions to ask when revising a curricula (see a checklist covering these areas herehttp://www.educause.edu/EDUCAUSE+Quarterly/EDUCAUSEQuarterlyMagazineVolu...)
- Have legal guidelines and policies that affect the course changed?
- Intellectual property
- Once a work goes commercial, academic exemptions to copyright no longer apply. Any works used under fair use will have to be removed.
- What change in the domain might be pertinent?
- Have any paradigm shifts in the domain occurred?
- Have research methods changed?
- Have practices changed?
- What updates in teaching methodologies might be relevant?
- What updates in technologies could improve the course?
- Do you have the time and skills to make the change proposed?
- Is there institutional support to make the change?
- Reviews should analyze the learner experience, review the content, check for sequential presentation of content, and check for transitions between modules.
- It should check to see that foundational concepts are presented first, and then more complex concepts.
- Provides a summary table of types of higher learning