Faculty Innovations – Summer 2011

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Published on: August 26, 2011

Written by the Instructional Design Team at QU Online

Another Summer Session at Quinnipiac University Online has come to a close, but there is much to report in the way of faculty innovations in summer courses this year! As a part of our annual faculty recognition at Digital Pedagog, we would like to highlight yet another set of innovative instructors who have implemented strategies that enhance student engagement and improve learning outcomes.

Susan Fowler – PL 101 Introduction to Philosophy

As one of our beloved veteran faculty, Susan Fowler has spent many years teaching Introduction to Philosophy online. However having a well-designed course that receives consistent positive feedback from undergraduate students each summer did not stop Susan from pursuing a redevelopment grant to make the course even stronger. Interested in learning Adobe Presenter to add a more dynamic aspect to her content, Susan donned a headset and began recording vibrant, exciting dialogue between ancient philosophers and modern personalities to bring these historic characters to life. Set in the context of a court room trial, students listen in as William James argues with Aristotle, and Albert Ellis pleads a defense in the name of complex emotions. Through the use of a variety of QU Online staff voices, clever cartoons and a well-written and engaging script, Susan commands the attention of her online students while setting the abstract philosophical content in a relatable real world context that students can understand. She also reminds us that Adobe Presenter should not confine you to traditional lecture narration, but rather should inspire you to be creative in the content you are delivering to your online students. See (and hear) for yourself by listening to The Ball Game!

Ferdinand Pasqua – MU130 Understanding Music

Online instructors who wish to deploy multimedia files to students face many challenges. The first is delivering the files to students in a universal format that is accessible to everyone. The second is creating a way that these files can be viewed or listened to easily. Finally, to observe the copyright of the files, students should not be able to download and save the files to their own computer.

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