COLTT Assessment Data
The intent of this page is to provide stakeholders with some of the Center for Online Learning & Teaching Technologies' efforts to meet our department's missions and goals in E-Learning in Higher Education. Some of the data reported could be beneficial in informing the types of approaches students have found most effective in online environments.
Fiscal Year 2022-2023
Outcome 1: Student, Faculty, Staff Support Satisfaction.
The COLTT LMS Support and Instructional Design team will maintain satisfactory performance of 85% and above of services provided to UTRGV students, faculty, and staff.
This survey provided us with an opportunity not only to see how we performed and areas to improve but also to collect information regarding student user experience, requested training, and more. We had 299 students responding to our Satisfaction survey, from first-year to graduate students. The number of faculty and staff responses was 149.
Overall Satisfaction of Services Provided:COLTT LMS Support Team
- Students: 85% Overall Satisfaction
- Faculty/Staff: 91% Overall Satisfaction
- Faculty 93% Overall Satisfaction
The COLTT Satisfaction Survey asked students to share what instructors do that makes their learning experience effective in Blackboard. The following provides a few sample student responses- more detailed findings are attached below.
Good Organization (n = 64)
Instructor Videos (n= 17)
Providing Material and Assignments Online (n= 13)
Sending Announcements (n= 10)
If you would like to read more, please feel free to look over our overall survey findings.
Outcome 2 COLTT Staff Professional Development.
COLTT staff will participate in professional development opportunities in instructional strategies and innovative approaches in e-learning, completing at least three professional developments per staff member per year.
One of COLTT’s mottos is the idea of continuous improvement. To be effective in what we do and better support our faculty and staff, we encourage all staff to participate in professional development in conferences, book clubs, webinars, online workshops, and more. Each staff member took at least three professional developments per year with several of our staff completing over ten. Below is a list of some of the professional developments they completed.
We have provided links to the resources below for those interested in learning more.
Our Instructional Design team has conducted small group book clubs to expand their knowledge of how people learn, leadership skills, and a way to build closer relationships with their teams.
- Dirksen, J. 2015 Design for How People Learn
- Stanier: The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever
- Cain & Laird, 2021 The Fundamental 5 Revisted: Exceptional Instruction in Every Setting
- Tobin & Behling: Reach Everyone, Teach Everyone: Universal Design for Learning in Higher Education (Teaching and Learning in Higher Education)
Conferences have allowed us to gain insight into what other institutions and educators are doing as well as building networks for future projects and collaborations.
- Learning Guild's Creating Story for Learning Online Conference
- Microlearning Conference Episode 8
- QM Connect 2022
- HETS - Best Practices Showcase
- ITLC - Learning Conference
- Texas Digital Learning Association: TxDLA Conference
- Excellence in Online Learning Conference
- MAGNA: Instructional Designer
Webinars and workshops have afforded our staff the ability to stay current and up-to-date on new trends and approaches as well as continue to refine our skillsets in the area of e-learning. If you are interested in finding out more about each webinar, we have included a link to their main website.
- Quality Matters Success Stories
- Respondus Webinar:
- Proctoring On Campus and Beyond: Southwest Baptist University's Exam Integrity Strategy
- LockDown Browser and Respondus Monitor: Protect the Integrity of Online Tests
- Softchalk: Creating Accessible eLearning
- Event Design: Be the architect of your next great event!
- The Chronicle of Higher Education Virtual Events: How to Reach the Disengaged Student in the Classroom
- Linked In Learning
- Quality Matters 7th Edition Rubric Update
- APPQMR Face-to-Face and Online Facilitator Recertification (AFOFR)
Four of our staff members completed their Master's or Doctorate this past year.
- Francisco Garcia, Doctorate in Education in Curriculum & Instruction
- Ruben Zamora, Masters in Educational Technology
- Carlos Cisneros, Masters in Business Analytics
- Elizabeth Valdez, Masters in Instructional Design for Online Learning (2nd Masters)
Outcome 3: Faculty and Staff Professional Development.
The COLTT Instructional Design and LMS Support team will provide professional development and discourse opportunities to at least 400 UTRGV faculty and staff in educational and instructional strategies to support e-learning.
This year we provided the following training sessions throughout the year; each training includes the total faculty and staff participation.
- Applying the Quality Matters Rubric Workshop (41 participants)
- National Distance Learning Week (54 participants)
- Excellence in Online Learning Conference (91 participants)
- COLTT Bootcamp: Regular and Substantive Interaction (8 participants)
Instructional Design Sessions
This is our second year of including sessions in Spanish.
- Engagement Tools for Online Hybrid Learning (49 participants)
- Leveraging BB Tech in Online Courses (24 participants)
- Student Activity (53 participants)
- Nociones Basicas de Accesibilidad y Diseño Universal en Cursos en Linea (3 participants)
- Empowering Learning Through Student Engagement (55 participants)
- Cognitive Bias: I Make Bad Decisions, Do You? (28 participants)
- La presencia del profesor en el aula virtual Lo que los estudiantes quieren (21 participants)
- Las mejores prácticas para enseñar un curso híbrido o en linea (5 participants)
- Motivation in Online (71 participants)
- The X-Files on Best Practices for Online/Hybrid Courses (11 participants)
Instructional Technology Sessions
- Getting Your Course Ready (45 participants)
- Blackboard Basics (38 participants)
- Blackboard Advanced (44 participants)
- Panopto (51 participants)
Outcome 4: COLTT Professional Presence.
COLTT Staff will maintain a professional presence in at least 5 five conferences, either local or national, by presenting on e-learning.
Not only do our staff members attend professional development, but they also present at conferences their experiences and research in the field of e-learning. Below are 7 staff members who have presented this past fiscal year.
COLTT External Conference Presentations
- Jessica Handley (August 2023). Endless Possibilities: Embracing Book Studies as Professional Development MAGNA Instructional Design Professionals Virtual Conference.
- Veronica Rodriguez (July 2023). Leveraging Technology in Online Courses. USDLA Virtual Conference.
- Emma Silva (June 2023). Building Shelves of Success for Your Learner's Closet, The Learning Ideas Conference. New York, NY.
- Claudia Vela, Roberto Rivera, Elizabeth Zamarron (April 2023). Hildas Journey. TxDLA Virtual Conference 2023
- Claudia Vela & Roberto Rivera (April 2023). You Have Now Crossed Over into The Presence Zone. TxDLA Virtual Conference 2023
- Edith Deleon & Elizabeth Valdez (April 2023). X-Files on Best Practices for Online/Hybrid Courses. TxDLA Virtual Conference 2023
- Edith Deleon & Elizabeth Valdez (April 2023). Battling Against Disengagement in Online and Hybrid Courses. TxDLA Virtual Conference 2023
- Anthony Salinas, Angelica Martinez, Emma Silva (March 2023). The Chronicles of COLTT: A Journey Into Accessibility Texas Distance Learning Association (TxDLA). Galveston, Texas.
- George Handley, Anthony Salinas (March 2023). Cognitive Bias: I Make Bad Decisions, Do You?, Texas Distance Learning Association (TxDLA). Galveston, Texas.
- Claudia Vela, Roberto Rivera, & Elizabeth Zammaron (El Viaje de Hilda: Una Historia de Éxito, Accesibilidad e inclusion. HETS Best Practices Showcase.
- Jessica Handley (October 2022). Rekindling what’s burnt out: A collection of tools and resources, Texas State Technical College (TSTC) eLearning Day, Virtual.
- Jessica Handley, Elena Guel (November 2022). Quest for continuous improvement: Strategies that support possibilities - 1st place poster, Quality Matters Connect, Tucson, AZ.
- Dr. Tracia Forman and Jessica Sanchez (November 2022). An Instructional Team Approach: Supporting Students in Large Online Courses, Quality Matters Connect, Tucson, AZ.