Circuits Analysis eAcademy Summary

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July 22-24, 2013 @ San José State University

The Design:

This two-and-a-half-day eAcademy focused on teaching Circuits Analysis using a flipped classroom model in a blended environment in which students used edX MOOC materials to prepare for class by watching lectures and participating in exercises and labs outside of class.

The first day, the changing context for learning was addressed to set the context for using an edX course or MOOC to support a flipped classroom model in teaching circuits analysis.  Senior Academic Technology Officer, Cathy Cheal set the context, presenting the changing technology environment in higher education.  Both course instructor Khosrow Ghadiri and edX Research Director Rebecca Peterson introduced components of the course model, with Ghadiri focusing on the flipped classroom and the associated creation of a new class environment, with the benefits to student learning, and Peterson introducing the use of edX for hybrid or blended learning. During the e-Academy, faculty participants were able to review the edX materials and demo an edX course “sandbox.” Peterson provided information on customizing edX materials and integrating them into a blended model, and Ghadiri addressed ways to work with problem-solving in the classroom and provided his course quizzes, surveys and exams to faculty participants.  Ghadiri demonstrated the impact of the course on learning and put the course objectives in context within the ABET program accreditation standards. Peterson demonstrated the edX dashboard available to faculty using edX courses.

Campus Provided:

Lecturer Ghadiri and Ping Hsu, Director, Center for Excellence in Adaptive and Blended Learning, presented the model used at SJSU.  Administrators from SJSU set the context for academic technology innovation and the use of MOOCs at SJSU and provided materials relevant to the model for participants.  Rebecca Peterson, edX Research Director, provided an introduction to edX and its development, access to edX course materials, and information about the edX curriculum and ways of working with higher education.

Chancellor’s Office Provided:

The Chancellor’s Office staff introduced the context of the Proven Course Design eAcademies, with their goals. These included presentations on accessible syllabi and universal design; effective blended and online teaching (QOLT) student learning outcomes; alignment with assessment; Affordable Learning Solutions and textbook alternatives; and the capabilities of Learning Management Systems for learning analytics. They also introduced the Professional Learning Communities to follow the eAcademies and the use of Blackboard Collaborate for effective virtual meetings.

Selected Participant Recommendations:

  • Put more time and focus on how flipped class works and how class time is organized – MOOC OK, but not central to major learning outcomes (in my opinion)

  • Make it possible to apply this model to other courses in the curriculum that might most benefit from this format and efficiency benefits

  • Include the alternative to choose from different MOOC’s