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Technology-Enhanced Instruction

TABLE OF CONTENTS
Definitions of Course Delivery Formats
Effective Practices
Technical Support & Assistance
Training Opportunities
Additional Information
Contact Us

The Instructional Technology team offers support to faculty interested in enhancing their course delivery through the use of technology.

 

DEFINITIONS OF COURSE DELIVERY FORMATS

The National Center for Academic Transformation (NCAT) has identified six different models for course delivery. The six models represent different points on the continuum from a fully face-to-face course to a fully online course. The six models are described below:

The Supplemental Model – The supplemental model retains the basic structure of the traditional course and a) supplements lectures and textbooks with technology-based, out-of-class activities, or b) also changes what goes on in the class by creating an active learning environment within a large lecture hall setting.

The Linked Workshop Model - The linked workshop model provides remedial/developmental instruction by linking workshops that offer students just-in-time supplemental academic support to core college-level courses.

The Replacement (or Hybrid) Model – The replacement model reduces the number of in-class meetings and a) replaces some in-class time with out-of-class, online, interactive learning activities, or b) also makes significant changes in remaining in-class meetings.

The Emporium Model – The emporium model replaces lectures with a learning resource center model featuring interactive computer software and on-demand personalized assistance.

The Fully Online Model – The fully online model eliminates all in-class meetings and moves all learning experiences online, using Web-based, multi-media resources, commercial software, automatically evaluated assessments with guided feedback and alternative staffing models.

The Buffet Model – The buffet model customizes the learning environment for each student based on background, learning preference, and academic/professional goals and offers students an assortment of individualized paths to reach the same learning outcomes.

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EFFECTIVE PRACTICES

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TECHNICAL SUPPORT & ASSISTANCE

  • Blackboard Help: You can find tips, “Show & Tell” screencasts, and help sheets here.
  • Individual Consults: Our Instructional Technology Specialists are available for face-to-face and/or virtual consults.  Dr. Sherri Braxton-Lieber (Director, Instructional Technology) is also available for initial discussions with faculty to understand and support each course’s learning goals.
  • The Learning Technology Assistants: Learning Technology Assistants (LTA) program connects UMBC faculty members with trained student consultants who provide ongoing support to help develop the skills and knowledge necessary for effective use of instructional technologies.
  • MyUMBC Hybrid Community of Practice: This myUMBC Group is used for announcements and as a forum to share best practices, FYIs and hybrid-related tips.

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TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES

Instructional Technology team scheduled training events: Upcoming training events are provided on the DoIT Events page.

Online Learning Consortium (OLC) (previously known as the Sloan Consortium (SLOAN-C)): OLC online workshops in blended and online teaching offered as part of the OLC College Pass Program. Access the College Pass Coupon Code here.  Please note that you will need to be logged in to myUMBC in order to access this page.

Hybrid Course Design Workshop: Participants learn the principles of good course design and apply them to a traditional, face-to-face (F2F) course that could be delivered as a hybrid (part-online, part F2F) course. Using hybrid delivery to demonstrate best practices of hybrid teaching, this workshop is open to any UMBC instructor considering teaching a hybrid course in any semester. The previous offering’s workshop agenda is available here. Prerequisites:

  • Bring a printed copy of your current syllabus for the course you plan to redesign.
  • Read L. Dee Fink’s Integrated Course Design available at the IDEA Center at Kansas State University.

Alternate Delivery Program (ADP): Through a partnership between DoIT, the Faculty Development Center, and the Office of Summer & Winter Programs, faculty may apply for one-time course development support to redesign an existing course for either online or hybrid delivery in summer or winter session. learn more about the ADP here.

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

The following links provide additional details regarding tools and approaches to support effective and engaged course delivery:

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CONTACT US

Dr. Sherri Braxton-Lieber Director, Instructional Technology 410.455.2121 | sblieber@umbc.edu John Fritz Asst. VP, Instructional Technology & New Media 410.455.6596 | fritz@umbc.edu

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