Challenge(s) UNC Kenan-Flagler, through a partnership with Fortune Magazine, desired a set of online certificate courses be developed for entry and mid-level managers across the global business community. As one of the top four online MBA programs in the country, these courses had a high bar of excellence that would support the reputation of this
Challenge(s) Learning horticultural practices has traditionally been a hands-on process. Students interact with the plants, soils and tools to both learn and affirm their understanding of concepts covered. Expanding the offering of this course to online delivery was necessary to meet the demands of this popular course for college students both within and outside the
Challenge(s) For learners in an online laboratory course, access to a compound microscope may be quite challenging. Fiber Science, a course at NC State University, is taught both in a classroom laboratory as well as fully online, and requires students to learn the parts of a compound microscope and to demonstrate an understanding of how
Challenge(s) Plant diagnosis is the primary challenge in this online course, historically taught in a classroom with traditional laboratory equipment available for hands-on instruction of these processes. The steps of the scientific method when applied to plant diagnosis include macro observation of signs and symptoms in a sample plant, followed by a series of tests, development
Challenge(s) The primary challenge of this course involves the hands-on nature of it and being offered as a fully online course. A primary task involves students learning how to mix and apply paint through numerous assignments, and participate in group critiques to analyze the success of their efforts on projects. This means students need to be able to
Challenge(s) This is perhaps the project that turned the most heads in a double-take... "What?! You're going to teach sculpture online?!" The challenges in teaching any hands-on course online consistently involve the instruction around the hand work and the ability to review and correct the work of the students, and provide timely feedback toward improvement.
Challenge(s) Digital Imaging is a critique-based digital design course. Students learn several of the Adobe design applications while employing design principles and theories taught in the course. The course was traditionally taught in a computer lab, which limited enrollments to the number of computers in the lab to about 18. To meet a growing demand
Challenge(s) Animal reproduction is a course that focuses on the science and modern practices in the reproduction of farm animals, in particular those of horses and pigs. Historically, students would make many visits to the farm in order to observe and learn about these practices face-to-face. The challenge here was that the instructor wanted to