Introduction & Project Justification
Laureate is a global education company that owns more than 70 universities in 25 different countries, including Walden University. Each university operates independently; however, there is a high degree interrelatedness. For example, there are curriculum, faculty and student exchange sharing programs among many institutions. In addition, there are certain global initiatives in regards to quality and delivery that all universities across the network must meet. One new initiative states that all universities in the network must deliver at least 30% of their instruction online. The purpose of the initiative is to maximize profits by freeing up classroom space, allowing a higher saturation of students per seat in an institution’s physical location.
Stamford University is a Laureate-owned university located in Bangkok, Thailand. I am employed as the Associate Director of the Laureate Languages Program, and I am the Director of the Hybrid, Blended, Online (HBO) program for my department. As such, I am responsible for converting a number of classroom-based language courses into 50-50 blended courses. I work closely with the institution’s instructional designer, who is responsible for converting undergraduate courses from a 100% classroom-based environment to a 25-75 blended format.
I would like the scope of this project to include the conversion of 30% of instruction at Stamford University to a blended learning format.
Overview of Deliverables
Currently, 100% of Stamford University courses are delivered in face-to-face classroom settings. All syllabi, outcomes, and course content documents reflect the current delivery method. This project will include the formation of new documentation reflecting the new blended learning format. In addition, new course content that is specifically designed for a blended learning environment will be created. All new learning materials and course documentation will be delivered using Blackboard, which will be set up as a part of this project. Finally, a comprehensive teacher training program will be developed and delivered to ensure that instructors are properly prepared to deliver courses in the new learning environment.
Specific Project Objectives and Success Criteria
The specific requirements of this project state that 30% of instruction at the university must be delivered online. It does not state that 30% of every course must be delivered online. We are tasked, then, with deciding which courses and what percentage of each course should be delivered online so that we meet the 30% online delivery threshold. For example, a low-level language acquisition course is best delivered in a 100% face-to-face environment, as students need to use the language in order to use it, which is difficult to do in an online environment. To make up for courses such as these, we must choose other courses that can be delivered in 50-50 blended formats. The project will be considered a success if 30% of all instruction is delivered online by 2020.
er of this initiative is the Laureate Group, the corporate owner of Stamford University and the entity that ordered the work to be completed. Next is the president of Stamford University, who is playing an active role in formulating the overall plan structure and ensuring that it gets done properly and on schedule. Next is Stamford’s in-house instructional designer, whose job it is to take a lead role in the conversion of undergraduate courses to blended courses. Finally, I am on the HBO board and am responsible for the conversion of courses in Stamford’s Chinese, Japanese, and English language acquisition departments.
The primary, and often discussed, assumption of this project is that the new blended courses will be just as effective as the current face-to-face courses. This includes the assumption that all content moved online will remain active and student-centered; the Blackboard sections of the courses will not be used simply to house PDF or other documents that students will access and read. Instead, interactive components, such as discussion boards and projects, will be added and actively used by students. Finally, the completion dates for reaching the threshold of 30% of content being delivered online is not negotiable.
Rationale for Choosing this Scenario
As a working adult, I am highly motivated by learning materials and projects that are directly applicable to my career, which the above project is. In addition, the project is in its infancy, and the work I do here will be directly applicable to responsibilities I will soon have in my office, making it double as a learning tool and a work assignment. Finally, I believe that the above-mentioned project scenario is just as applicable to achieving this course’s stated learning outcomes as any of the four case studies presented in out textbook.