Completed project: IU Online ramp-up

Primary UITS contact: Matthew Gunkel

Completed: December 19, 2014

Description: Nearly two years ago, the IU Online initiative kicked off, and along with that, the creation of Online Instructional Design and Development (OIDD) - now called eLearning Design and Services (eDS). Over the past two years, eDS has worked to meet the demand for assistance in creating new credit-based program offerings across IU. This work has entailed an engagement with all campuses and nearly every school. eDS was formed to provide expertise in online instructional design and development, as well as information and support for cutting-edge and emerging technologies for digital education.

As students evolve, so do the systems and tools that shape the way we engage, educate, and inspire them. Early on, eDS determined that there were common gaps as faculty worked to translate face-to-face content and material into the digital realm. In order to support and drive this effort, eDS has engaged with Next.IU, campus partners, and Unizin to continue to deliver solutions that work to meet the demands of faculty and students in flipped, hybrid, and fully online experiences.

Outcome: The IU Online ramp-up delivered a fully operational unit with resources that can be leveraged to deliver the courses, programs, and certificates, as approved by the chief academic officers for each campus. Other achievements include:

  • Identified and hired talented human resources for instructional design and development
  • Identified and piloted new tools for IU Online
  • Engaged in partnerships that facilitate scale and provide just-in-time resources for development
  • Made recommendations to Next.IU for enterprise-wide testing and deployment
  • Developed strategies for sustainable course design and development
  • Developed internal procedures and workflows that facilitate transparency to all eDS partners, and worked to improve the development and design process
  • Built relationships with the centers for teaching and learning, the Libraries, and the Office of Online Education to support a common effort for the challenges of the design and development of IU Online projects.

Milestones and status:

  • Hiring:
    • February 2013: Manager Completed
    • April 2013: Principal Instructional Designer Completed
    • August 2013: Four Instructional Designers Completed
    • August 2013: Principal Instructional Technologist Completed
    • October 2013: Principal Media Developer Completed
  • RFP for Online Education Development Services Awarded September 2013 to McGraw Hill
  • September 2013: Kick-off meetings for Year 1 projects Completed
  • January 2014: Engage all priority schools for Year 2 Completed
  • January 2014: Updated Office of Online Education website and eDS website Completed
  • February 2014: Faculty development resources Completed
  • March 2014: Master course templates draft guidelines Completed
  • October 2014: Release of Canvas Commons learning object repository Completed
  • December 2014:
    • Media Spaces for faculty and students Completed
    • VoiceThread as a production service Completed
    • Kaltura as a production service Completed
    • Piazza as a production service Completed
    • Ongoing budget Submitted to Office of Online Education
  • Tool set research and piloting (e.g., Softchalk, Zoom, Realizelt) Ongoing
  • Learning Object Repository research Ongoing
Totals and estimated future demand for IU Online deliverables.

The chart above reflects approximately 60 courses that eDS helped launch over the last 18 months. Approximately 180 additional online courses are expected to launch over the current and following academic years. eDS expects to assist in the development of approximately 100 courses during any given year, an estimate based on all current priorities, plus new and anticipated requests for additional development, including joint regional programs, gateway proposals, and newly identified priority programs.

Comment process: Email Matthew Gunkel

Benefits: IU Online and eDS create central resources that support the university-wide effort to broaden the scope and impact of IU's online education presence.

Related information: See IU Online and Next.IU.

Project team:

  • Matthew Gunkel, Manager, eLearning Design and Services
  • David Goodrum, Director, UITS Teaching and Learning Technologies
  • Greg Siering, Director, IUB Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning
  • Tom Janke, Team Lead, IUPUI Center for Teaching and Learning
  • Chris Payne, Manager, IT Training
  • Anna Lynch, eLearning Design and Services
  • Maggie Ricci, eLearning Design and Services
  • Barbara Bichelmeyer, Senior Director, Office of Online Education
  • Stacy Morrone, Associate Vice President and Dean of IT, UITS Learning Technologies
  • All regional teaching and learning centers

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