On Friday, August 12, we had another Impact Grant Idea Lab in the Digital Union. Since we’re nearing the end of the production phase of our 2011 Impact Grant projects, Lisa Lee (Histology), and Jackie Miller (Statistics) walked through their project progress to-date and had a chance to hear some feedback before their final push toward the start of Autumn Quarter.
Jackie started by providing a sample lecture from her Stats course. To recap, her project is addressing a class space issue the department will experience when OSU converts to semesters in August 2012. It also is addressing a substantial time reduction for recitation sessions. To resolve this issue, she’s moving toward a HyFlex model, where she’ll be teaching to students face-to-face in the lecture hall and online via Adobe Connect simultaneously. Using departmental funds, she’s purchased a tablet computer, on which she’ll annotate lecture, and she’ll have a TA managing the backchannel conversation with students…bubbling up the most common questions to Jackie. All students will respond to polls via Poll Everywhere, allowing for responses via texting or web forms.
The process went smoothly for the most part. Some lessons we learned from our session, however, was the need for a before-class protocol to ensure all the polls, web sites, applets, and so on are working…and that all plug-ins are updated. Also, we need to verify possible settings in Connect to reduce rights-errors during lecture. Finally, we need to ensure we stick to a solid time limit for responses as to not let the technology override the flow of the course.
Lisa provided an overview of her online Histology course project. To recap, her project is addressing a pressing need in the curriculum in the medical center. Histology is a foundational course for many disciplines, including medicine, dentistry, and veterinary medicine. Lack of instructors, expense of lab space and equipment (Histology slides can cost as much as $50 each), and an overwhelming need and desire to take the course has caused a problem. So Lisa is using Zoomify to create virtual slides and has created a public website at http://histology.osumc.edu to build a virtual lab. She is using Carmen as the course hub to navigate through the web site, provide structure to the course, and include assessment via the Quiz tool. She’s taking advantage of field codes, conditional releases, and the LockDown Browser to personalize the course and make it secure.
Much of Lisa’s work to-date has been on building the Zoomify slides and web site…setting up the backbone of the course. Her next phase is building the structure into Carmen and ensuring her exams are set-up appropriately. Her project has been a major undertaking, and I’m really excited to see it wrap up and have students enrolled.
Jackie just submitted her IRB exempt forms on August 12, and Lisa already has IRB exempt approval…can’t wait to find out how this time and effort will impact student learning.