Our Exemplars are a collection of some of the best courses and course items in SPS online programs. Innovative uses of technology, outstanding teaching techniques, and engaging course experiences are all featured here. These items are meant to serve as inspiration to faculty in their future course designs. In choosing what to include, we look for positive feedback from students, faculty, and design staff. If you would like to submit a course or a course item from an SPS online class, please contact us.

Guest Speaker Participation – MSGH 452 – Professor Suzen Moeller & Jackie Wickham

In MSGH 452 (Winter 2015), Professor Moeller invited Dr. Barbra Lyle to present a series of lecture videos on innovation, health, and nutrition to the course. In addition to these guest videos, Dr. Lyle also participated in the discussion board conversations around her lectures. This additional time spent on the course gave the students an opportunity to not just listen to a guest speaker, but to actively engage with her—a fairly common practice in on-ground courses, but not as often seen online. In order for Dr. Lyle to participate in the discussion board, she needed to be added to the

Online Collaboration with Adult Learners – Advanced Modeling Methods – Professor Lance Levenson & Aaron Bannasch

Suppose our class has a jigsaw puzzle that we must complete in one hour. If we can’t see what’s on the face of the puzzle (all the pieces are turned over) how could we approach the problem as a group? Suppose we are able to turn the pieces over to see the color and are told that the puzzle is a picture of the Northwestern N. How could we change our approach to maximize the group effort? Assignment Steps Communicate with your group members. Use the student group features in Canvas for Conversations, Conferences, and Collaborations or find your own. Make

Assignment-Dependent Quizzing – PREDICT 401 – Professor Roy Sanford & William Guth

Graduate-level work offers students the opportunity to synthesize what they’ve learned and apply it in simulated real world situations in their assignments, quizzes, and final papers. PREDICT 401 students were offered that opportunity very early in their program, using a combination assignment/quiz pairing in which students were given a real world problem and data sets, which they then had one week to solve using methods and concepts learned that week. They also had that same week to ask questions and get help, as needed, if they failed to solve the problem on their own. The assignment itself had no point

Interactive Graphic – MSGH 452 – Professor Suzen Moeller & Jackie Wickham

  This graphic was a course asset in MSGH 452. In Professor Moeller’s on-ground classes and guest speaking presentations, this single image was the basis for a lecture that could last for one to two hours, if not longer. However, such a lengthy presentation wasn’t feasible for an online class. She considered presenting the information as a live Sync Session or as a document for students to read, but after weighing the options, she and Jackie settled on this interactive graphic. Professor Moeller created the original graphic and composed all of the text. Jackie then used Thinglink, a free online

Student-Led Discussions – MSGH 450 – Professor Michael Diamond and Aaron Bannasch

Student-led discussions can lead to a higher sense of community and peer engagement in online courses (Ke, Fengfeng, & Kui Xie, p. 4). In MSGH 450, students were given instructions in the course syllabus on how Team Presentations would be used to leverage multiple individual perspectives to help guide the study of course materials each week. The instructions assigned a different student group each week to create a visual presentation and a set of questions about the assigned reading materials. The presentation and questions were used as a prompt for a class discussion. Early in the course, students formed groups