Meet the Instructor and Course Introduction

Meet the Instructor and Course Introduction are introductory media pieces that are presented to students at the beginning of the course. They serve similar functions, but their specific purposes are different. Typically, they are videos, but can also be done in a presentation or audio only format.

Meet the Instructor

It is a mechanism for building social presence and credibility in your online course through the use of biographical media content. This is your opportunity to start building a social connection with your students and building trust by highlighting your expertise and passion for teaching.

What to Include
Professional Background

  • Educational background (both as a student and educator)
  • Career background and experience
  • Why you’re interested in your field?
  • Why are you an educator?
Personal Information (optional)

  • Family
  • Hobbies/Outside interests

What Not to Include
Course/Program Information

Ideally, the content of this media piece will be course/program agnostic. This allow us to repurpose it in any other course you facilitate.

Dates/Times

Avoid anything that will instantly date your content. Revisions happen every 2-5 years depending on the program so they need to last that long. Even though students are watching content that is 2-5 years old we don’t want it to feel that way.

Examples

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Rich Freese
Video

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Vallari Chandna
Video

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Jeff Keuntjes
Video

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Michelle Gehring
Narrated Presentation

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Danielle Karvonen
Narrated Presentation

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Mimi Kubsch
Audio Only

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Course Introduction

The purpose of this media piece is to introduce students to the course by highlighting the course topics and their importance. This media piece should focus only on the course. Please do not include any personal biographical information as that should you in your meet the instructor media piece.

What to Include
Big Picture Information

Students will be able to find information on readings, assignments, rubrics, discussions, etc in the syllabus and on other LMS pages. Instead, focus on key high-level information that will show a course’s importance and it’s reason for existence in the program.

  • Major course topics
  • Why is this subject matter important?
  • Why is this course apart of the program?
  • How does it connect to previous/future courses in the program?
  • How might students use the knowledge gained from this course in their current/future careers?

What Not to Include
Instructor Information

Avoid any information about you. That will go in your Meet the Instructor media piece. The content of this piece should only be about the course so we can reuse it if another instructor facilities the course.

Specific Course Information

Try not to get specific with course information like particular books, assignments, rubrics, discussion topics, structure, etc. These are all things that you way to change in the future or rearrange in the future. It is better to be general so you can change thins in the future and still have the media content align with the course.

Dates/Times

Avoid anything that will instantly date your content. Revisions happen every 2-5 years depending on the program so they need to last that long. Even though students are watching content that is 2-5 yrs old we want it to not feel that way.

Examples

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HIMT440
Video

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HIMT370
Video
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HWM710
Video

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Published on June 13, 2019 at 9:24:57 am CDT. Last modified on July 10, 2019 at 11:10:19 am CDT.