UW Bothell Interview – Examples of Work
I have a web presence here at thewholeclassroom.com that has a portfolio of work I have created over the past 18 years. Some of the work was done over the 10 years I was a high school English teacher. The site includes articles I have written about teaching on the web and there are also links to presentations I have given at conferences. Those links are in the site navigation above.
Over the last nine years I have learned from colleagues across the country that instructional designers play a variety of roles and are used very differently depending on institutional vision and needs. I certainly have played many roles. I have worked frequently with faculty new to online learning and we have developed courses from the course objectives up. I have worked with seasoned online instructors who are trying to identify deficiencies in their courses and create content or design changes that will remedy the situation. There is always give and take between their vision for the course, existing materials they intend on using, their digital capabilities to deliver the course, and the instructional strategies and tools I am able to provide for them.
The five pieces of work below represent work I have done recently, both working with faculty on individual courses and working with the college community at large to promote digital literacy and the sharing of best practices in teaching and learning.
Very often, faculty come to me with a clear vision of how they want a course to look. I worked with this faculty in Blackboard to create a World Literature course with a “theme” of travel. In transitioning to Canvas, we redesigned some elements of the course.
I had already introduced the instructor to VoiceThread, YouTube, some basic html tricks, and in Canvas I assisted with the design of the new homepage. He had some image ideas, but I helped make the home page responsive so all the images “responded” to device size. We created a consistent theme in most images and in image placement, and we had fun working on the language used in the descriptions of class activities. To meet QM standards, we added elements he was missing to the course syllabus. He was adamant in using pages rather than modules, and in the end, I think it worked well with the “magazine” feel to the course.
You can access this Canvas course and the one below by using the following credentials:
* There are some Panopto videos you will not be able to see. They are commercial films used in the class and are under copyright.
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As the Quality Matters Coordinator at Yavapai College, I have been responsible for organizing the “Applying the QM Rubric” workshops held at the college and promoting Quality Matters to college faculty and the administration. In just two years, we have over 70 faculty who have taken the APPQMR course and a handful of others who have taken the Peer Reviewer course. Of those, one faculty member has expressed interest in getting his course certified through Quality Matters. I am diligently working on several others.
I worked with Dr. Pearcy reviewing his course and began to apply some of the QM standards more deeply into his class. I introduced him to Backward Design and had him storyboard the course. He altered some of his assignments to align more closely with stated outcomes, adding some different activities for students to demonstrate learning along the way. I also shared some OER options with him and he ended up selecting an OpenStax text. I helped him split up the sections of the PDF and add them to issuu.com.
Dr. Pearcy is working on captioning the YouTube videos, his Presenter lectures, transcribing internal Canvas videos, and making sure the PDF of each chapter is available as well as the embedded issuu.com content.
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Some of my work with faculty is simply advocating for their instructional needs and sharing their good work. To that end, our Faculty Showcases, our March for Best Practice, the Tours of Online Courses, and the 9x9x25 Challenge have all been shared via our Teaching & eLearning web presence on the Webletter. I have run the Webletter since 2008 and it has been the “go to” place for faculty wanting to learn about our LMS, current and horizon web-based tools and software, and to see what their colleagues are doing. The Webletter is located here: www.telswebletter.com
The best example of collaboration and sharing was a reflective faculty development activity I created called the 9x9x25 Challenge. I have been sharing the activity at conferences for the last two years and five other colleges across the country have successfully replicated it in various forms.
Here is the site I use for the conference presentations: www.9x9x25.wordpress.com
In addition to traditional “brown bag” workshop style training and multi-day institutes, I am responsible for our web based content. These videos I created, partly based on Jonathan Finkelstein’s “Learning Minute,” are 43 short videos for faculty to help them learn how to use Blackboard and expose them to some best practices in online learning. For several months I made one a week and emailed them to faculty each Monday. They loved them. They were bite size and consistent. With a similar goal and design, we have some “Canvas Cookies” in the works.
I feel good about the 43 and they really were very popular. They are still out there on YouTube. You can see them here.
I instigated some change at the college when I began questioning the usefulness of the 3-ring binder portfolios faculty were asked to complete after a three-year probationary period. I work with faculty who do great online work and much of it is not able to be displayed in a 3-ring binder. I started helping faculty create digital portfolios that could better represent their work as instructors. Some purchased their own domains, others used free WordPress sites.
In addition to faculty using the web for portfolios, over the years I have assisted several faculty to create sites that share the work they do on the web. Below are a few examples.
- A College Hiking Class
- Biology Class Resources
- Spanish Class resources
- Environmental Biology Coursework
- An Anatomy Class (work in progress)
- I have also helped college staff create sites like this one for the Veterans Upward Bound.
I know UW at Bothell has Google sites as an option for ePortfolios. This is a Google site I created for a day long training I did in 2013 with a colleague focused on using Google sites and other tools for local K12 educators.
Here is the Google site: https://sites.google.com/site/pusdexample/home
If You have any difficulty accessing any of the sites above, please let me know. I can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone or text at 928.301.7351