Courses for the future

The Development Studio is an integrated team of professional and student staff assembled to work closely with faculty to create rich and effective courses. Software development professionals create tools to support student/professor real-time interaction and assessment online. Audio, video, and graphic design experts recruit top-notch UT student staff to create high-quality, multimedia experiences for students. Project management professionals work with faculty and technical staff to coordinate the production and delivery of courses each semester, including the summer terms.

Course formats offer something for different learning styles and student schedules, and they provide opportunities for faculty research and refinements to courses.

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LIVE-STREAMING COURSES (SMOCs)

Live-streaming courses use technology to augment the traditional classroom-based course model. UT faculty deliver lectures and interact with students online in real-time from studios in Mezes Hall, providing a high-quality, highly interactive multimedia course experience. Students are required to attend and participate virtually by logging into Canvas during set class times. These courses, sometimes called Synchronous Massive Online Courses (SMOCs), are designed by UT faculty in collaboration with the Development Studio and include class activities, discussions, labs, demonstrations, interviews with experts, and other elements to suit the goals of the faculty. Frequent feedback and active communication between professors, TAs, and students is an integral part of course design through Chat, Instapoll, and “Ask the Professor” features. Quizzes, surveys, and real-time response tools allow faculty to pose questions to students and to immediately gauge understanding, attentiveness, and participation. Online office hours or review sessions can be scheduled to support student learning upon request.

On-demand courses

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On-demand courses have no set class times, providing students the flexibility to complete lectures and other assignments on their own time, subject to deadlines established by instructors. Courses incorporate video, audio, text, and student activities designed and delivered by UT faculty. Faculty work closely with the Development Studio to implement courses encouraging student participation and progress through the use of tools such as quizzes, surveys, and the Instapoll instant-response feature, which prompts interaction while viewing lectures and other video segments on-demand. Materials are often supplemented with integrated current-events activities and online office hours or review sessions to provide support to students.

Recast Courses

Recast courses are a delayed broadcasting of courses previously delivered as live-streaming courses. As with live-streaming courses, students are required to attend virtually during a set class time by logging into Canvas. Frequent feedback and active communication between professors, TAs, and students is an integral part of course design through Chat, Instapoll and “Ask the Professor” features. Quizzes, surveys and real-time response tools allow faculty to pose questions to students and to immediately gauge understanding, attentiveness, and participation. Online office hours or review sessions can be scheduled to support student learning upon request.

other course models

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The Development Studio works with faculty to develop and produce a variety of other delivery models:

  • Self-paced continuous enrollment courses (in collaboration with Texas Extended Campus)
  • Flipped courses incorporating prepared content outside of class, with live online class time reserved for in-depth discussion and interaction
  • Live Online Office Hours and Review Sessions
  • MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) delivered through the edX platform

for more info, contact:

Marla Gilliland | Director of Course Development
marla@austin.utexas.edu | 512-232-2446