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ERIC Number: EJ1016174
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0318-9090
Incorporating Topics That Aren't Distance-Friendly into an Online Program: One Development Team's Experience
Schaefer, Valentin; Doner, Sue; Pivnick, Janet
Canadian Journal of University Continuing Education, v39 n2 Fall 2013
The Native Species and Natural Processes certificate at the University of Victoria is an advanced-level online program of four courses to introduce students to state-of-the-art topics in the field of ecological restoration. The program posed some unique challenges for course developers. The development team needed to find ways to create online courses that support a practical approach for topics that normally require tangible hands-on work. The solutions to these challenges required a creative problem-solving approach to accommodate the unique elements of the development process and the delivery of each course. The solutions employed included: (1) creation of a "connection to place" by use of extensive visuals in slide shows; (2) use of problem-based learning to develop critical thinking skills; (3) engagement of students via case studies to bridge the different languages inherent in different ecosystems; (4) conducting of virtual site visits to design real-world restoration projects; (5) inclusion of "fireside chat" audio to reinforce the idea of multiple perspectives and uncertainty; (6) establishment of a community of practice to engage students in collaborative learning; (7) creation of assignments that involve scaffolding projects and peer review; (8) allowance for students to customize projects to accommodate their geography and different realities; and (9) development of a design charrette to practice collaborative decision making and design. (Contains 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada (Victoria)
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