Course Development Issues
Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis
To what extent have you been able to use previously developed materials in your re-design instead of creating new materials?
We have found several Web sites that are useful. Some include general information about sociology, while others are focused on particular areas. In most cases, individual instructors found these resources by searching the Web. We plan to implement a departmentally maintained resource site, which will include useful Web sites, in fall 2001.
What kinds of activities took up the most time in your course development effort?
We probably spent more time working on how to link Introduction to Sociology and Elementary Composition than on any other topic. We considered, and continue to debate, such questions as the following: What is an appropriate book for beginning college students at IUPUI? What demands in terms of research and writings are reasonable to make of our student population? How closely should linked instructors work with each other?
This was something of a surprise. We thought that learning the technology would be by far the most time-consuming task. While becoming acquainted and comfortable with the technology is, and will continue to be, time-consuming, working on the course linkages took up most time.
What kinds of support for your project have you been receiving from your department or the institution more broadly?
Support from higher administration and from the department has been unqualified. Chancellor Bepko recently gave a presentation on our project to the American Council on Education, and our departmental chair taught a redesigned section in fall 2000, and will do so again in fall 2001. (He had not taught Introduction to Sociology for more than 15 years, and was the faculty member mentioned above who spent more than 70 hours on Oncourse.). The Registrar, the Bursar, and IUPUI?s Office of Instructional Research have also been very cooperative.
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