As an instructional design team employed by a public university, we would like to share our current work and introduce the key steps involved in a process we are calling Agile Course Design. During the past year our team decided to respond to a perceived need by offering interested faculty an opportunity to engage in an online course development process. The process that we have developed, involving a cycle of continuous improvement that includes pre-development, planning, production, implementation, and maintenance, is informed by the Quality Matters approach to online teaching.
Our presentation will explain our decision to adopt specific features from the lean and agile methods that have been successfully utilized, in recent years, by startup culture. From our point of view, agile instructional design principles include a workflow model that allows for frequent testing, iterative course development, documentation for the purpose of evidence-based decisions, and a spirit of collaboration.
We will consider our model of Agile Course Design against the backdrop of relevant issues in higher education, including the increased call for effectively measuring student progress and achievement; the widespread desire to ensure quality teaching in fully online classes; and the recognition of a need to support an increasing pool of part-time lecturers without prior experience or training in online teaching.