Leveraging Multi-University Collaboration to Develop Portable And Adaptable OnLine Course Content

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Jeff Frolik
University of Vermont
Burlington, VT


Paul G. Flikkema
Northern Arizona University
Flagstaff, AZ

Tom Weller
University of South Florida
Tampa, FL

Carol Haden
Magnolia Consulting LLC
Charlottesville, VA

Wayne Shiroma
University of Hawaii
Manoa, HI

Rhonda Franklin
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN



Individual faculty and institutions regularly develop novel educational materials that could benefit others, but these innovations often fail to gain traction outside the developers’ circle as barriers to adoption are numerous. We present evidence that development targeting adaptation, rather than complete adoption, of innovative materials and methods may be a more successful approach. Specifically, if faculty members from multiple institutions are involved in the development, agility across diverse academic requirements and institutional cultures informs that process. in the described example, faculty members from multiple institutions developed online learning modules based on their individual areas of expertise related to the topic of wireless sensor networks. The modules integrated learning of systems thinking with traditional sub-disciplines in electrical and computer engineering and were delivered in a blended-learning format. While faculty from three institutions developed the original content for a single course, materials have been successfully utilized in multiple courses at several institutions.


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