Jan. 27, 2020,

WKU HR announced that 2020 Spring Semester would be postponed until Feb. 22, 2020 because of 2019 Nobel Coronavirus epidemic in Wuhan, China. 

 

Feb, 02, 2020

WKU HR announced that "Please DO NOT return to Wenzhou before March 01, 2020" because of the incremental situation of the Coronavirus in Wenzhou, Zhejiang area. 

 

Updated Academic Calendar of WKU 2020 Spring  (retrieved in Feb,, 11, 2020:  http://www.wku.edu.cn/en/academics/academic-calendar/)

 

Feb. 04, 2020

In responding to the situation, Kean USA and WKU setup several principles. (Feb. 04, 2020: Brief from WKU CBPM Dean Dr. Cao Jiang) 

1. Student and faculty health and security come first. Currently, we have a government mandate not to start the spring semester by 3/1. The actual start will be determined by Kean USA pending the virus situation.

2. At the meantime we must serve our students, particularly graduating seniors who need to start to work or attend graduate school in June. 

3. As such we must prepare to start online delivery on Feb 24, and ready to deliver 5 weeks' worth of content (Mar. 27, 2020) in the next three weeks, and hope the epidemic is under control so we can resume in-classroom teaching at the earliest possible time. Otherwise, we have to be ready for full-semester online delivery.

4. Many business courses already have Blackboard (BB) online modules ready to go, while others need to be developed as we go. All faculty will receive extensive BB training. 

5. At the meantime, please do NOT send students traditional syllabi until future communications from Eric, because of their difference with online version syllabi. 

 

Feb. 10, 2020

Kean Online Team organized the "Kick-off meeting" Monday, Feb. 10th @ 8AM (EST) to help Online course developers to initiate online course development to ensure world-class education in the epidemic situation in WKU. 

 

Online Course Developer's Guide Orientation (course)

https://blackboard.kean.edu/courses/1/2020SU_ODC_WKU16/content/_1227133_1/index_lms_html5.html

 

Course Structure of Kean Online Course

 

Unit 1: Design (Sample of Learning Activities) 

Please complete the "Online Course Developer" Guide Orientation Online course! 

 

Go to Developer Resources: You can get almost all necessary templates and resources to develop an online course. 

You may complete five documents and Upload them to the relevant Blackboard folders: 

1. Course Map (Feb. 10)

2. Unit 1 Map (Feb. 12)

3. Unit 2-8 Map (Feb. 14)

4. Unit 9-16 Map (Feb. 16)

3. Syllabus (Feb. 16)

 


 

Templates are here: 

Course Map Sample_2020_WKU16.docx
0.21MB
Syllabus Part A Sample_2020_WKU16.docx
0.07MB
Unit Map 1 Sample_2020_WKU16(1).docx
0.05MB

 

 

 

Feb. 11, 2020 (Course Map Development)

Course Map Completion: All course developers of WKU CBPM worked on providing the course map of each course by Feb. 10, 2020 (EST)

Sample: MGS3032: Organizational Behavior Course Map. 

20200210_MGS3032_Course Map_2020_WKU16_Choi_Ver2_Black.docx
0.21MB

 

At WeChat (Chinese Social Media) Group, all WKU CBPM faculty members (except Dr. Sven Dahms for the technical problem) were working together to build online courses. 

 

Feb. 12, 2020 (Unit 1 Development)

Unit 1 sample. 

 

Feb. 14, 2020 (Unit 2-8 Development)

 

21 WKU CBPM Faculty Members, Dean of WKU CBPM, and a Staff (Ms. Wang Yang) are organized as a Group at WeChat (Chinese Social Network Service) for collaboration of Online course development. 

 

Feb. 16, 2020 (Unit 2-8 Development)

Uni 9-16 

Sample of Dr. Rob Majerison (MGS4010, Operations Management)

MGS4010_U1-16_OpsMgt.pdf
0.78MB

 

Feb. 16, 2020 (Online Course Syllabus Development)

Online Course Syllabus Development

 

Please be sure that all grades are marked in a proper way. 

 

Feb. 17, 2020: Online Training Starts (for Instructors)

In Feb. 17 (Monday, 12:01AM, Eastern Time), All faculty members who are engaging in Online course teaching start the Three Online Courses. 

1. WKU Online Faculty Training (Spring 2020)

2. WKU Online Student Orientation

3. KOFT_WKU_ITS

 

To complete these three online courses, 

First, Go to www.kean.edu 

Second, Scroll over QUICKLINKS

Third, Click Blackboard

Fourth, Login with your kean.edu ID/Password (not wku ID/pwd)

 

Once online course instructors login to the Kean Blackboard, You can see Blackboard dashboard. 

Click course, and they can find out three assigned Online Training course 

Completion of three online courses are necessary for all WKU Online course instructors and teachers between Feb. 17 ~ 19, 2020. (by Wednesday, Feb. 19th, 11:59PM US EST). 

Feb. 19-20, 2020: Online Training (for Instructors)

1. Online Developer Course

 

2. Online Faculty Training

 

3. Online Student Training

 

4. KOFT Online Faculty Training

 

Mutual Understanding of "Two Certificates of Kean Online Course Development & Training" between WKU CBPM and Kean Online Team. 

Example of Kean Online Faculty Training

 

Feb. 23, 2020: All online courses were reconstructed for a technical reason.

 Technical Format! 

 

Feb. 24, 2020: A compromise of course teaching at Online ( CJ and Jerry).

Agreement of Understanding (No structural change).

But, individual instructors have contents change and grading authority with appropriate evidences (inside / outside of Blackboard).  

Feb. 24, 2020: The First Online Teaching day (WKU)

Blackboard Live Session Works fine. 

Once recorded, instructors can share the recorded video like this. 

 

Feb. 24, 2020: Live Session Scheduling by Repeat Function

Blackboard Live Session Scheduling

 

Feb. 25, 2020: Grading Policy Chaos

Blackboard Live Session Scheduling

Responding to the Email from WKU Online Tech (WKU Online Faculty Training Spring 2020: Updates from the Leadership Team; WKU Online Tech - wkuonlinetech@kean.edu <do-not-reply@blackboard.com>; 12:17 AM),

These questions were raised (by Dr. Jerry Choi)

1. Instructors do not have any Grading authority at all? Why not?

2. I still do not understand why students and instructors must suffer from totally complicated DQ writing and grading. Can instructors have the full authority of grading? 

3. Unavailable students must be contacted by instructor, Not administrators? Why? 

4. Should we make two (2 hours) Live session per Unit? What is that mean? 

5. Instructors have or do not have the Class pace (speed) management or not? 

Should we complete each Units according to Kean Online Team? 

Then, what is the schedule of Unit completion?

 

 

Feb. 28, 2020: WKU Online Academic Leadership Team addressed several issues

From WKU Online Academic Leadership Team

From: WKU Online Tech - wkuonlinetech@kean.edu <do-not-reply@blackboard.com>
Date: Wed, Feb 26, 2020 at 7:41 AM
Subject: WKU Online Faculty Training Spring 2020: Copy of email sent to students - February 25th
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For your information this email was just sent to all WKU students.  It is important that you understand how student concerns are being addressed.

____________________________________________________________________

Dear WKU Students,

We wanted to clarify some concerns that some of you have expressed.  They are valid concerns and we are glad for the opportunity to address them. 

Time Zone

All graded activities including discussions and assignments will go by US EST as this is how Blackboard is configured. This means that an assignment that is due Sunday at 11:59pm US EST this would equate to Monday at 12:59pm Beijing Time.  If your first post to the unit’s discussion question is due by Tuesday at 11:59pm US EST this equates to Wednesday 12:59pm.  There is a 13 hour difference.

Discussion Boards and Rubric

Discussions are very important learning activities in an online course.  They represent conversations that would happen in a typical face to face course.  In order to make the conversations as beneficial as possible so that everyone can learn from each other there are several important guidelines.  To earn full credit for work inside of the discussions in each unit the following elements are considered:

  1. Did the student post his/her initial response to the discussion question (DQ) by the second day of the unit which for Unit 1 is Tuesday at 11:59pm US EST.  The discussions are not tied to the live sessions.  You can start your responses before the live session happens. Please consult the Course Dates document in Course Information which lets you know what is due on every day of the semester for exact dates. (Timeliness)
  2. Was the student response to the initial question posted by the faculty member a good response?  Did it answer the questions? Did the student support their arguments with facts found in the readings or elsewhere? This shows the faculty member that you have been really thinking about the topics.  Please note that in most cases there is no right or wrong.  This is more about effort.  (Quality) 
  3. Did the student participate fully in the conversations?  Conversations are meant to happen throughout the entire duration of the unit.  For Unit 1 this is seven days from Monday to Sunday.  It is up the student to decide which days he/she will participate on as long as the first post is done by the second day of the unit.   For example a student can post on Tuesday (the initial response) and Wednesday and Friday.  Another example is a student posts the initial response on Monday but interacts with others on Saturday and Sunday.    Students have flexibility on what days they post.  (Frequency)
  4. Did the student respond to five peers/the instructors during the unit? Discussions are meant to be highly interactive.  This is where you can show what you know and learn from each other including the faculty.  You are required to respond to five peers throughout the unit.  Remember these are conversations similar to what you would have as if you were in person.  You are simply talking (writing) to each other.  (Interactivity)


Each discussion question is worth 15 points per week and you will be evaluated based upon the factors noted above.  You should work with your faculty member to make sure that you are on track with meeting these requirements.  The rubric (assessment criteria) that is being used is attached. 

Assignments

In each online course you will find at least one assignment per unit.  You should begin working on your assignment(s) as soon as the units open.  Your assignments are not connected to when the Live Sessions happen.  Communicate with your individual course faculty member regarding assignment requirements and grading related issues.

Workload

Online courses are built to be equivalent to face to face courses in terms of workload.  They have the same learning objectives and required number of hours associated them.  Your faculty built your courses taking these factors into consideration.

For a three credit course, there are three hours of work within Blackboard per unit.  This is equivalent to the three hours that you spend inside of a classroom.  How this equates in Blackboard is 1 hour for the Live Session, 1.5 hours for discussions (DQs) and .5 hours for navigation (moving around the unit). 

In a typical face to face students are recommended to spend 2-3 hours for every credit taken doing things like homework and readings.  For a three credit course this means 6-9 hours of work outside of the classroom.  In our online courses we expect the same. 

So when you take into account what happens inside of Blackboard and outside of Blackboard this means 9-12 hours per unit of work is to be completed.  For some students it could be less and for some it could mean more.  This is a range. 

Time Management

Based upon the amount of hours you need to spend in your courses and the work you have to complete Time Management is super important for your success.  There is no room for waiting until the last minute to complete any of the planned activities.   It is important for you to stay ahead of your work and if you need assistance from your faculty member ask for it right away.  Your faculty member might not know you are struggling until you tell them.  Don’t wait until the last minute in a unit to express your concerns.  Make sure to begin your work in a unit as soon as it starts.

Contacting Faculty

Your faculty understand the importance of communicating with you.  In each course there are several ways for you to reach them including “Ask the Instructor” for general questions, “Messages” for private questions and “Live Sessions”.  Faculty members have been asked to respond to your concerns within 24 hours.  They need to be your first point of contact on anything related to your coursework.

If you feel that you are not getting the responses you need to continue your work and meet your deadlines then you should reach out to your Dean.   Below is a listing of those Deans who have been given access to your courses, for monitoring and assessment, for you to contact if this happens:

Dean Cao Jiang, College of Business and Public Management

Dean Raquel Stuart, College of Liberal Arts

Dean Larry Brown, College Science and Technology

Dean David Mohney, Michael Graves College, Architecture

Associate Dean Rose Gonnella, Michael Graves College, Design

Live Sessions/Connectivity

In each unit of the course your faculty member will be providing a 1 hour live session.  While attending the live session is suggested it is not required because it is recorded.  We recognize that many students are taking multiples courses and this could create conflicts.  It is up the student which live session he/she will/can attend.  Attendance during these live session is not taken and it does not factor in the grades.  If you have connectivity issues during the session you rest easy knowing that your session has been recorded.  Your faculty member will provide for you in the announcements a link to the sessions as they have been recorded. 

Grading

Grading will not happen until the unit it over.  The first unit ends on Sunday March 1st so do not expect grades right away. Grading for each unit needs to be completed by the faculty five days after the unit has ended.  Keep in touch with your faculty member via Messages regarding any grading issues you have about your grades.

 

We realize that online learning in such a structured environment is new to many of you.   We encourage you to work with your faculty to help you progress through your courses.  In the meantime we will continue to listen to your concerns and provide any explanations necessary so that you can be successful.  Your faculty will also be provided with a copy of this letter so that they are aware of what you have been told. 

We wish you a great semester!

WKU Online Academic Leadership Team

 

This is an example of a Guide for Discussion questions (DQ) and Assignment for simple and efficient completion of course tasks. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted by Jeonghwan Choi

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