Blended-delivery courses are intended to combine both Face-to-Face (F2F) and
online components. When the F2F component is not available for logistical reasons,
online synchronous delivery will be used in its place. This will enable the course to
be delivered to remote locations and allow students to participate in "live" classes
delivered online, as well as interact with content accessed asynchronously.
All University of Alberta registered students from anywhere can enroll in courses that are offered remotely.
Five courses between now and 2013. All courses targeted for Blended delivery conversion are offered to between 600 to 1100 students during a normal calendar year.
Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)
There is one exemplar pilot MOOC currently being developed, Dino 101. Other
courses are being investigated for potential development.
Using Dino 101 as an example, anyone anywhere can register for the free version.
Alternately, they can pay a fee to obtain a “letter of completion” which will not
grant any post-secondary credit, but can be used to show employers or others.
University of Alberta students will have another option.
They can register in and
complete online Paleontology 200, pay tuition and get University of Alberta credit
(if they pass).
Alternately they can register in and complete online Paleontology
201, pay tuition, attend live demonstrations and participate in field events and get
University of Alberta credit (if they pass).
There is also an initiative to determine if
other universities would like to grant course credit from their own institutions if the
student pays a fee and passes the course. We do not have any agreements with other
institutions at this point.
Other digital pilots being developed in the Faculty of Science include Physics,
which is following a similar model as PALEO 200, and Linear Algebra, which will be
delivered synchronously on-line.
In addition, Science is collaborating with Arts to
develop STS 350, History of Video Games, which will be delivered in a similar manner as
One of the Digital Learning Pilots has centered around the selection of a new synchronous learning tool to support instructors in all faculties and provide fully mobile synchronous learning experiences to all students.
Adobe Connect has been selected as the University of Alberta's centrally-supported tool for delivering synchronous courses for eLearning.
Over the spring and summer terms of 2013, we have piloted Adobe Connect in a number of courses and will be offering a campuswide production environment for the Fall 2013 term.