How would you do this? A design/technology question.
I'm working with a client that is doing a totally online eLearning course. Although she is the SME and the instructor of the course, she is wanting to have minimal participation with grading and student interaction (because of the size of the course. There are 50+ online learners taking the course.). Her goal with the design was to set it up as a correspondence course for the learners to take anytime, anywhere, with minimal deadlines and participant/instructor interaction.
The course design is set up as three-fold:
Part 1: Learner takes Articulate presentation learning - Slides and voice narration with some Engage interaction and a "check your understanding" quiz (not graded) at the end of each module.
Part 2: Learner takes a "virtual field trip" to a web site (this is a land restoration project, so the learner "goes" to a piece of land (on the web) to assess the land and apply learning). The learner must also DO the assignments (sort of like a field guide with questions to answer) that ask questions about the site and application of what they learned in Part 1. This is also not graded. The student is given an answer key in the back of the workbook.
Part 3: Using an LMS quiz tool, the student takes a final exam (needs 70% for a passing grade) to attain credit for the course. The questions on the final pertain to Part 1 onlyb(the Articulate learning). The questions do not contain Part 2 (field trip assessment) because they aren't simple T/F, MC kinds of questions to ask on a field trip.
In the alpha/beta testing of the course, students ARE NOT doing Part 2. I think they think they can "get away with" not doing the application. And since they aren't getting tested or graded on it, they are skipping it.
The instructor does not want to have to grade all the student homework. More importantly, however, she doesn't want students skipping the virtual field trip.
I'm looking for any creative ideas of how we might build in accountability - maybe using technology? Or perhaps some design strategies that we can put in place to ensure students are doing all three parts (not just 1 and 3).
Thanks so much in advance for your help!