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Virtual Compass: Orienting Students with Blended Support

This session will walk the audience through the life cycles of redesigning, developing, and updating a set of diagnostic modules that provided orientation and support to students enrolled in web-enhanced nursing programs. The target audience was non-traditional, adult students. The programs offered courses in face-to-face, online, and blended formats. The orientation sessions have been offered for 5 years in a blended format and have constantly morphed to meet the evolving needs of students and technologies. 
The design of the diagnostic modules adopted the backward design model (Wiggins & McTighe, 2005). The orientation team started from answering the core questions, then approached the project by identifying desired outcomes, defining steps to realize the outcomes, and then planning and creating modules. A concept map was created to structure the process and visualize connections among various components in the steps and procedure. Content accessible both within a learning management system and outside were taken into consideration and mapped accordingly. Along the process, the collaboration among team members from different departments and with various expertise has made the orientation successful and sustainable. 
Dr. Juhong Liu, James Madison University
Carolyn Schubert, James Madison University
Dr. Juhong Christie Liu is an Instructional Technologist for Blended Learning in the Center for Instructional Technology at James Madison University. She coordinates faculty development programs for teachers to learn and practice blended and online teaching. Christie has presented at international, national and regional conferences, including Sloan-C Online and Blended Learning, AECT, SITE and EDUCAUSE Mid-Atlantic.  
Carolyn Schubert is the Health Sciences and Nursing Librarian at James Madison University.  Her expertise includes information literacy instruction, blended and online learning methods, meaningful use of emerging technologies, and biomedical informatics.  Carolyn has presented at the conferences of the Medical Library Association, California Academic and Research Libraries, and the Sloan-C Blended Learning.