One of the components of the UMW QEP will be the implementation of online learning modules. This and other modules like it will be interactive online applications that focus on discrete ideas and introduce a topic or a basic skill rather than provide an in-depth examination. Each module will address a maximum of two or three specific measurable learning outcomes. Modules will be designed to be completed within an hour or less and without supervision by faculty or staff. These modules may include multi-media functions as appropriate but must engage students in tasks or actions that will guide them to the module’s learning outcomes. Each module will include multiple choice or short answer questions and thus embed assessment without taking away classroom time from the exploration of the subject of the seminar. The knowledge or skills gained from these modules will then be applied and reinforced in course assignments designed by the instructor. By employing this hybrid of interactive and face-to-face pedagogy, the modules will also allow faculty to flag students who may need additional help from academic support centers.
Over a three-year period, the plan envisions the creation of at least twelve modules distributed among the three skills areas: information literacy, writing and speaking. Follow the links for more detail on the modules in each of these key areas.