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An Insider's Look at Course Verification

by WSU Online 25. June 2014 12:34

How do I submit changes to my online course? What format should I submit my changes in?

I frequently hear these questions from instructors, and since they are such common questions, I wanted to share the answers with all of you.

Global Campus uses the Course Verification system to communicate with instructors. Course Verification is a great tool because it allows us to communicate back and forth with the instructor about their course, keeps a running log of the conversation, and allows anyone on our team to view the conversation.

This visibility is a great benefit because if your course designer is out of the office, another member of our team can still log in to view the changes you are requesting. It also helps us keep a record of the changes that were made to a course.

Course Verification is also the perfect way to communicate changes you want to have completed in your course space. In this blog post, we’ll be discussing a few specific types of changes you would request through the General Maintenance tab (General Maintenance is where you’ll request any changes that are not related to media, textbooks or proctored exam requirements).

If you want us to make large changes in your course, the best way to communicate those changes to us is to copy and paste your course content into a Microsoft Word document, then use the Track Changes feature in Word to make your changes. This will show us exactly where you want to make changes and exactly what those changes will be. You can upload this Word document directly to the General Maintenance tab within Course Verification. In the comment box, just let us know that you’ve attached a document with the changes you want our team to make.

However, you may have small changes to make such as a word or a phrase on a page, it is simplest to type this request into the comment box. You can tell us something such as, “In Lessons > Week Two: Overview, the second paragraph has the following sentence: “Using this process, we start by looking at the the assignment.” Please delete the duplicate the.”

If you have any questions about the best format to submit your particular changes in, please don’t hesitate to ask us! A simple way to ask a question is to type it into the comment box in the General Maintenance tab. There is someone assigned to your course who can give you great suggestions and help you work through the process.

Still interested in how instructors use Course Verification? Check out this recent posting by Dr. Moe: Now on an Island.

Celisse Ellis

Not on an Island

by WSU Online 6. May 2014 14:33

We all know that quasi-existential question about being alone on an island, but if you could have one . . . something . . . what would it be? I had a similar thought while preparing to teach an online course for the Global Campus.

This summer, I will be teaching my first online course:  English 201, Writing and Research. In all my previous courses at the Pullman campus, I utilized Angel as a place to collect most student work. I feel very comfortable using Angel, but I was still somewhat circumspect about what an online course would entail. I had heard, informally, that online courses are “pre-built” and that all one needs to do is show up and teach. Well, Yes and No. In my particular course, the textbook previously used was out-of-print. The new book added a chapter and combined two other chapters, which then changed the page numbers for exercises and assignments.

Here is where the Course Verification process stepped in. The fine production team at WSU Global Campus had already changed the dates to match the Summer of 2014 and had prepared several specific questions for me to work through regarding the revised textbook. As I worked through each section—especially the General Maintenance Tab—I discovered the innumerable tweaks the course needed in order to be updated to coincide with the new textbook. I ended up copying and pasting each lesson into a Word Document so I could make alterations and tracking everything with Track Changes. I also made other changes. The course had a couple of quirks. As a best practice, I prefer to have one place where all dates are kept so as to ensure accuracy. I also needed to delete some activities that the previous instructor used, and I added some of my own. Even though the course was “pre-built,” I still played an integral process to putting the course in its best and most applicable form. When it launches in just a few weeks, I will certainly feel a sense of pride over the materials.

The process went very smoothly and efficiently – to such an extent that I decided to opt for the Virtual Mentor to see me through this summer. And that’s just it. If I was on an island, teaching a course, what would I want? Easy answer. The support team from the Global Campus.

Sometimes, online education is cast as an isolated experience, for students and teachers alike. It doesn’t have to be that way, though, especially when instructors realize that the supposed “island” is really a community of people dedicated to making the course a success for students.

Aaron M Moe, PhD

Instructor, Department of English


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