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GO Chat Recap: Super Size Courses

Here's what you missed from our Go Online Chat!

January 6, 2021 2:16 PM
Last month, we reflected on the transition from face-to-face instruction to online instruction for one of UMBC's largest introductory courses CHEM 101, with its instructors Drs. Sarah Bass and Tara Carpenter.  

We discussed some recent articles that have been on our mind: 
Drs. Sarah Bass and Tara Carpenter originally began their journey shifting their super-sized CHEM 101 course through the Alternative Delivery Program (ADP), originally intending their course to be delivered in a hybrid model. This modality would give them the flexibility to foster synchronous active learning, and asynchronous lecture and content delivery. 

While rebuilding many components of the course, Sarah and Tara were deeply intentional about the costs associated with course materials. Recognizing that high costs presented challenges to access course materials, Sarah and Tara employed Open Educational Resources which substantially lowered the total cost of materials for their course. 

Assessments play an integral role in this course. Before UMBC's physical campus closed due to COVID-19, CHEM 101 participated in a limited pilot using Akindi, a scantron alternative where instructors can use any standard printer to print bubble sheets and use any standard scanner to scan completed bubble sheets directly into Blackboard. Since then, Sarah and Tara have employed test pools, groups, and adaptive release in their Blackboard courses to promote academic integrity and to administer assessments without the need of a lockdown browser. 


Our next GO Chat takes place on Friday, January 22: 2021 The Year of Open Ed. We welcome UMBC alum Dr. Karen Cangialosi as our guest, a Professor of Biology and Open Education Faculty Fellow at Keene State College in Keene, New Hampshire. Karen facilitates an Open pedagogy faculty learning community, and she is co-leader of KSC Open, a Domain of One’s Own campus project. We hope you will join us!


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