World Campus Courses Come in Many Shapes and Sizes

The World Campus Learning Design unit is very excited to see the conversation about course delivery unfolding on the World Campus Facebook page. It’s incredibly timely, relevant, and informative!

World Campus students are discussing the various modes of course offerings and content delivery that take place. While some students prefer predominately text-based material enhanced with images and other interactive multimedia, others prefer a more traditional residential style where a recording is provided of the instructor’s lecture.

We’ve just launched a new World Campus website, and as you’ll read on the FAQ page:

Our philosophy for designing online courses: Use the latest technology to best deliver the content in the most flexible way while keeping the technology transparent to you.

We use one centralized platform where you can log into your classroom. There you can get assignments, interact with faculty and peers, reply to message boards, and more.

Our courses are created in partnership with our faculty and our instructional designers to ensure a learning experience that is tailored to the subject matter and the expected learning outcomes. We approach the development of our online courses very seriously, so that they mirror the exact same quality content as you would expect on campus.

There is no such thing as a “typical” cookie-cutter online course at Penn State; each course can look different. For example, a chemistry course’s components will differ from a history course.

If you look across the portfolio of courses offered through the World Campus, you will find a variety of delivery models – including video-based lectures as one strategy. The decision on what type of model to use is based on the nature of the course content, learning outcomes, faculty preference, and technology appropriateness.

Regardless of the primary delivery method, we strive to provide content in multiple formats (for example, providing captions and transcripts for video-based content) so that it not only accommodates personal learning preferences, but also ensures that it is accessible for all of our students.

Again, we’re thrilled to see our students discussing these issues that are so central to the quality educational experiences we are committed to providing!

4 thoughts on “World Campus Courses Come in Many Shapes and Sizes

  1. Hanna,
    You may also request to join our Linked in page which has many alumni from the HRER grad program on it. I am sure you will get several replies. You can find it at: Join the Penn State Department of Labor Studies & Employment Relations group on Linked In

    Good luck! BTW – I am the advisor for the grad program so please feel free to contact me also!

  2. I am trying to hear from people who have completed their Masters in Human Resources Employee Relations program.

  3. Just to recap what has been discussed on the Facebook page for those that don’t have an account or don’t want to read it all. Someone posed a question about classroom lectures and the disadvantage or disconnect that World Campus students have as a result of not receiving traditional lectures. The problems and challenges of “attending” a lecture and how this could fit into the WC educational experience.

    From a personal stand-point, I dislike having to watch/attend lectures. I learn differently than most and reading is normally sufficient for me. As a result, watching a lecture ties up more of my time, which is already very limited. As a result, I prefer the current method of instruction we receive at WC (albeit this is only my second semester and thus far haven’t taken a class that has recorded lectures).

    The other issue was the disconnect that I know a lot of WC students feel. After all, how can you really connect with your peers remotely? And while I can understand this issue, at the same time it is possible to feel connected. This semester I’ve had the privilege of working with a great group of students on a group project for my IST 210 class. As a result of this exceptional experience, most of us in the group have rearranged our course schedules in order to register for the same classes and work together again. Being “connected” is more a state of mind in my opinion, than a real need to be face-to-face with someone.

    Take all the above with a grain of salt though as every student learns and connects differently. If such lectures are increasingly added to the WC educational requirements my only hope is that they aren’t required viewing. However, if they are required, including a script from the video so those of us “readers” can get the same content without dedicated the time to sit down and watch the entire lecture. Thoughts?

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