A growing number of faculty members are teaching online. Might it be helpful to allow them to add, to their profiles, a link to their forums, classrooms, blogs or other resources, as hosted in the Moodle/Collaborative Learning Environment, Training in Clinical Research (TICR) or other sites? In some cases (e.g., some Moodle classrooms), the sites will stay open indefinitely to allow the faculty members to use them as "permanent" repositories for videotaped lectures, articles, texts, PowerPoint presentations, and other course material.
I understand that a profilee can add up to five websites to his/her profile. I wonder if adding a section just for online education links would encourage more faculty members to add those specific links.
We would create an algorithm that asks if the researcher has any online learning resources. If so, a second field would appear in which the profile could input his/her own URL(s). The help text (and the “How Profiles Works” page) would offer suggested links, including those I’ve typed above, among others. The default visibility setting for this field would be “hidden” so as not to discriminate against those faculty members who are non-adopters of online education.
This would be inexpensive (or no-cost) and user-directed. It would allow profilees to share their online learning resources more easily with their students, mentees and alums. More importantly, it would also advertise the expanding role of the University on the leading edge of online education.
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