One instructor loads all course content into the learning management system home page. Another instructor divides content into online weekly books. This instructor requires one discussion per week, while that instructor requires five. All the while, students struggle to navigate these different course setups. Does this sound familiar to you? Perhaps it's time to strive for consistency in online courses.
Katy Little earned both a bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication and a master's degree in library and information science from Kent State University. She has several years of writing and editing experience for newspapers, magazines and educational institutions, including the Bismarck Tribune, the Warren Tribune-Chronicle and Kent State University's Department of Residence Services. Additionally, she worked in the library and information center of the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine, assisting students in finding information as they pursued their medical degrees. Katy began in the Desktop Publishing Department of Weston Distance Learning, Inc., before becoming an instructional designer and project manager for the company. She's written and edited courses and textbooks on subjects that include office administration, fitness and nutrition, health information management, psychology and English. Several years ago, she became the assistant curriculum manager at Weston Distance Learning, Inc. In this role, she oversees all aspects of online and correspondence course development and design for At-Home Professions, U.S. Career Institute and McKinley College.
Janet Perry earned her bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Texas at San Antonio and is currently working toward her Distance Education Certificate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Janet has committed 20 years of her career to serving adult students in non-traditional education settings. Her teaching experience includes teaching basic reading, writing and math as well as leadership courses to the U.S. Army's enlisted members and non-commissioned officers. She served Front Range Community College as a GED instructor. Her experience includes preparing individualized learning objectives, plans and curricula for the adult student. Janet has served Weston Distance Learning in several roles. Her original role in Student Services and subsequent role as Registrar have helped Janet understand the non-academic support students need to successfully complete their academic work. In addition, she has 17 years of experience in Compliance, most recently serving as the Compliance Manager for Weston Distance Learning. Janet's education, student support and compliance background assist in her current role as Director of Education and Compliance for Weston Distance Learning. In this role, she oversees all aspects of Weston's education functions - course development, instruction, desktop publishing and compliance.