Distance Education

FlexStudio: A Workshop Methodology for Course Design

Utah Valley University
This tool provides a solution for institutions who need to increase the number of high-quality online and blended courses offered.

FlexStudio is a research-informed workshop approach to course design and redesign. The FlexStudio methodology was informed by the Carpe Diem model of course design that is currently in use throughout the UK and in parts of Australia. It draws on best practices related to Backwards Design, Communities of Inquiry, Social Learning Theory, Designing for Student Success, and Students as Partners. After implementing FlexStudio, UVU experienced a 244% increase in online course design projects in just 6 months, i.e. from 27 projects to 93 projects. The workshop format provides a scalable way to support and empower many more faculty at once, while at the same time creating an interdisciplinary community of practice for faculty who are redesigning their courses.

Bethany Alden-Rivers


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Collaborative Teaching and Mentoring model (CTM)

University of Alaska Fairbanks
The Collaborative Teaching and Mentoring model (CTM) can significantly reduce the gap between existing knowledge of high school students in mathematics (and other subjects) and college professor expectations in order to increase participation and success of underrepresented minority students in university STEM programs. This model provides systematic coordination of efforts and activities that create the infrastructure necessary for building a successful and workable school/college bridging mathematics program.

The model provides students, especially in rural settings, to complete their secondary four-year mathematics sequence concurrently with obtaining credit for equivalent college level work and provide secondary teachers with support. The collaborative teaching model increases collaboration with local school districts across Alaska and better prepares their students for serious college work or successful post-secondary careers. The project focuses on the math preparation of the school age kids to experience rigor and expectations of college while they are still in the high school. The project also has a mentoring component with a college instructor working with a district math teacher in joint efforts to deliver a high quality course.

Average: 2 (1 vote)
Victor Zinger


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ASSIST Transfer Information System

California State University

The ASSIST.org database shows California Community College (CCC) courses that the California State University (CSU) accepts for transfer and for GE credit. The ASSIST acronym stands for Articulation System Stimulating Interinstitutional Student Transfer.

ASSIST is an online student-transfer information system that shows how course credits earned at one public California college or university can be applied when transferred to another. ASSIST is the official repository of articulation for California’s public colleges and universities and provides the most accurate and up-to-date information about student transfer in California.

Average: 3.7 (3 votes)
Ken O’Donnell


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