There are no words to describe the heart felt support I have received from my team members this week. I just have to say “Y’all are the best” and I could not have managed all the balls in the air this week if it had not been for your support. The sisters are still here, but when your parents lived in the same house for 49 of their 54 years of marriage, there was and is a lot of stuff to sort. Thankfully the sisters have to go home Monday, so things can get back to a fairly normal routine.
We have used Sloan Consortium articles for best practice for our training sessions and we have used their course evaluation tool with some modifications to evaluate our online courses. In one of the articles I read “Strong Faculty Engagement in Online Learning APLU Reports” it discussed factors that concern faculty such as acceptance online classes as a wave of the future but expressing their concerns about student support services. It showed that money was not the main reason faculty agreed to teach an online course but it was to reach a group of students who otherwise would not be able to take the course. This article also listed as the two main barriers for instructor in teaching online courses were the additional effort to develop and teach the online course and concerns about the acceptance of online education.