During the summer session, undergraduate students can access signature Georgetown experiences from wherever they are — in an engaging, entirely virtual format.
Hoya Summer Sessions feature the same academic content and learning objectives as on-campus courses, but in a flexible online environment that takes advantage of asynchronous engagement.
Transforming on-campus courses into engaging virtual offerings is a complex process with a wide range of possibilities. Jesse Stommel of the University of Colorado Boulder has written about the “rhetoric of the [online] room” in the journal Hybrid Pedagogy. He points our attention to “the ways the shape of the room affects the learning we do inside it.” In the context of virtual learning, the proverbial room includes all digital tools, content and media, assessments, and communication methods.
With this in mind, we can thoughtfully select tools, create digital content, and design activities for the types of learning the course requires.
CNDLS collaborates with Summer Sessions faculty to develop and refine online offerings. Following a model called backwards design, we begin by reflecting on overarching course goals. By the end of the course, what should students know and be able to do? We break those goals into subgoals and support faculty in developing content and activities that are aligned with the goals.
English Professor Karen Shaup describes the process as follows:
“has really helped me in my face-to-face classes as well in terms of communicating with students what the learning objectives are and how they connect to the different activities that we’re doing in class.”
The CNDLS course team (Learning Designer, Media Specialist, Online Learning Technologist) support faculty in scripting, filming, and adding graphics to create compelling video lectures and interactive multimedia learning experiences. We also use visual design to reinforce the structure and flow of the course experience overall.
Additionally, CNDLS supports faculty in ensuring course materials are accessible to all students — wherever they are and whatever their needs.
The course design process doesn’t end when a new course launches. Every year, we participate in a robust redesign process. We adjust courses based on student feedback, update content for relevancy, and apply new technologies to streamline and innovate.