Part I: Course Construction
1/2019 - 8/2019
The course-construction process will involve five main components. The responsibilities of the cohort are outlined below. Because time is such a valuable resource for instructors, each component includes an estimation of the time commitment associated with that part of the project.
4 day-long working meetings
All participants of the cohort will be expected to attend four full-day working meetings in Berkeley between January and August of 2019. Each of these meetings will give the cohort a chance to discuss meaningful elements of the course and to discuss work-in-progress. Exact meeting dates are TBD based on availability of cohort members.
- Meeting #1: between January 12 - 19, 2019
- Meeting #2: March 23 or 24, 2019
- Meeting #3: June 8 or 9, 2019
- Meeting #4: August 3 or 4, 2019
periodic, minimal time commitment
To make in-person meetings as productive as possible, ORIAS will periodically request information (e.g. course outlines or administrative information) to organize and share with the group in advance of in-person meetings. Participants will be asked to supply information in a timely way and preview it before meetings, as necessary.
Online Course Design programs
4 to 12 weeks, ~10 hours per week
This commitment will depend on each participant's current online teaching experience and desire to acquire professional development certifications. In short, each member of the cohort is expected to become competent to design materials that meet the OEI Online Course Design Standards.
ORIAS will cover the costs of professional development programs via Online Network of Educators, as needed.
Creation of Course Modules
~15 hours per module
World History, from the evolution of humans to the present, will be addressed over 34 modules, each module comprising one week of construction. The cohort may choose to organize content in such a way that the course can be implemented either as a single one-semester course or as two one-semester courses.
Each member of the team will create 4 course modules. Cohort members may arrange to specialize in certain types of technical work across modules, but each participant will have primary responsibility for 4 modules. The disposition of the remaining 2 modules will be discussed by the group.
Review of Modules
Each member of the cohort will be responsible for reviewing and commenting on 4 modules created by their peers. They will also consider reviewers' comments on their own modules and incorporate suggestions as appropriate.