Justification (Change course tab)
MGSC 487 is a required course for our Operations and Supply Chain majors, and obtaining sufficient lecture hall space has been an issue. The additional of distance learning sections will enable us to meet the needs of our majors and help ensure on-time graduation.
Syllabus information (Distributed Learning tab)
All course materials will be housed or linked through the blackboard system. Blackboard and Adobe connect will be used to teach in an online environment. Student feedback from a previous (and similar) online course (at the graduate level) using blackboard is that the blackboard system was user-friendly and intuitive. Students stated they were not afraid that they will miss any due dates or important announcements. The course layout will be in the form of modules. Students will enter the blackboard course homepage and immediately be greeted with a chronological list of links for course content. A typical module will contain several short (10-20 minute) videos containing lecture material, followed by "check your knowledge" quizzes. Check your knowledge quizzes indicate understanding of topics. After the appropriate video lecture links, students will be led to assignment, discussion forums, project, and case links. Students will complete reading assignments, listen to and view video lectures, and complete cases, projects, and assignments including posting to discussion forums.
Students listen to and view lectures via Adobe Connect recordings and interact with the professor through discussion boards and messaging (within blackboard or through skype, Google talk etc). The instructor will hand grade, using rubrics and hand typed feedback, the projects submitted this semester. The instructor will view and comment on each “Ice Breaker Question” video. Depending upon the timeline for the course, the instructor will post regular announcements (twice weekly for a 7-week course) pointing out due dates, statistics in the media, and general reminders. Online office hours are hosted by appointment via skype or Google talk.
Students will engage with each other through the discussion boards, the ability to create online study groups, and using the messaging tool in blackboard and/or other external tools.
Justification for distance delivery
This course is required for our supply chain management majors. The nature of this course lends itself to online delivery. Lecture hall capacity and instructor capacity have been issues for us. Providing the course online will allow the department to offer more sections of the course and add flexibility in the course sequencing for the students. Also, this will allow more of our majors to graduate on-time. The online course will offer the same content as the face to face sections in an accessible way, while allowing for appropriate interaction.