Operation Graduating Gilbert: Student Perceptions of a Unique Course Design

ID: 52680 Type: Full Paper
  1. Shelley Evans, Chris Roddenberry, and Cynthia Bowers, Wake Technical Community College, United States

Wednesday, March 28 4:45 PM-5:15 PM Location: Whitney View on map

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Abstract: The growth of online learning in post-secondary education has made it imperative to find models for improving the quality of online course design. As part of a grant project, an instructional team of designers and subject matter experts aimed to enhance the engagement of online psychology courses. Preliminary results from the grant study were promising, however, the engagement enhancing elements needed to be evaluated further to determine what elements students found most engaging. Operation Graduation Gilbert (OGG) is an online psychology course that incorporates high-engagement elements such as a narrative structure, gamification, growth mindset, and active collaboration. Survey data from an initial deployment of the course design broadly confirmed the value of most of these elements and suggested which to emphasize in the revised course. It is hoped that OGG will serve as an example of how an engaging online course can be developed using collaborative design and evaluation.

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