FordBridge University Online Education – Our Approach
Forward-thinking, Comprehensive Instructional Design and Media Production
FordBridge University’s instructional designers go far beyond the typical role of faculty technical support that is common across many institutions. When necessary, they perform faculty development. In some instances, this requires teaching new professors how to design courses in a systematic fashion. In other cases, this involves showing professors with face-to-face experience how to adapt their preferred teaching methods for distance education. Our IDs do not write the courses for
the faculty, but they do work with them to ensure andragogical soundness and to guarantee that each course is fully developed before students are enrolled. IDs also serve as project managers, working with professors to design and build instructional materials, establish deadlines for course content, and schedule video shoots. IDs are responsible for building the course pages in HTML, maintaining a consistent look and feel, and managing the editing process.
FordBridge online courses supported by the office of Distance Education are presented in a format designed specifically for online delivery. Our award-winning courses are always custom designed with the online learner in mind, which makes ours among the most highly ranked online degree programs in the world. The FBU online experience includes an extensive array of interactive elements to create a fully engaging student experience. Our media-rich design is driven by a strong partnership between FordBridge’s world-class faculty and our expert team of instructional designers and media producers. We do not simply capture videos of on-campus lectures— instead our media production team develops video content and multimedia of the highest quality specifically geared to the online student. Our approach to media production starts with the faculty vision of how they would like their content to be delivered and what instructional goals they are trying to achieve. The media production team creates video both in our studio as well as on location. We create context with our video material, filming in classrooms, labs, chapels, music halls—anywhere our faculty feel the environment will help tell their story and get their ideas across in an engaging way. Because they are developed by FBU faculty, our online courses offer the same research-driven, rigorous experience as on-campus courses, according students the knowledge and skills they will need to meet their academic, personal, and professional goals.
FordBridge University’s institutes and student support administrators deliver professional, dedicated, and knowledgeable support to faculty and students teaching and taking online courses at FBU. Our goal is to be a familiar and trusted resource for students during their time at FBU.