Threshold Concepts and Online Course Design

Thursday, February 04 | 11:15AM–12:00PM | Texas Ballroom Foyer, Fourth Floor
Session Type: Professional Development
A recent survey on the state of online education found that "only 28.0% of chief academic officers say that their faculty members accept the 'value and legitimacy of online education,' a rate substantially the same as it was in 2003" (Allen and Seaman, 2015, 6). This suggests a pernicious ethos deficit in online education. This session will explore ways that "threshold concepts" might be used as means to engage faculty in exploring new course models and transforming online higher education teaching and curricula (Meyer and Land, 2003).

OUTCOMES: Define characteristics of threshold concepts * Contrast threshold concepts with core concepts and competencies * Identify threshold concepts key to effective online course design


  • Diane Boyd

    Director, Biggio Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning, Auburn University
  • Justin Lonsbury

    Director of Learning Design, Georgia State University

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