Thursday 10 December 2009

Capella University: “Best e-learning practice”

"Capella (university) implements a team based centralised course development process"
(Slide 3, Capella, 2009)

A university recognized for its exemplary e-learning development is Capella University. They are one of eight American institutions to be awarded the 2009 Blackboard Catalyst Award for Exemplary Courses (a BlackBoard sponsored award). Looking at the “Course Tour” presentation on the BlackBoard web site describes their team based approach to course development. I was especially interested in their team based approach, and found a slide illustrating the design team:

slide 3, Capella, 2009
In case it's too small for you to read, here is a list of the team members:
  • Course Developer
  • Subject Matter Expert
  • Developmental Editor
  • Course Producer
  • Project Manager
  • Interactive Designer
  • Curriculum Specialist
... and note that this is a "Basic" design team. I wonder what a "Full" design team looks like? I wonder how a typical university in the UK can compete against such a setup?

Maybe it's about time my ideas about rapid e-learning development (rELD, rTEL) got aired ... perhaps tomorrow ...

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