Faculty-led Inquiry into Reflective and Scholarly Teaching (FIRST)


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Nicholas, Claire. "Online Engagement and Overall Performance: TMFD 123: Clothing & Society Benchmark Portfolio" (2020). UNL Faculty Portfolios, 156. digitalcommons.unl.edu/prtunl/156/


This benchmark course portfolio examines TMFD 123: Clothing & Society, a large enrollment, online delivery course offered in the Department of Textiles, Merchandising & Fashion Design at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In addition to detailed discussion of existing course materials, activities, and assessment tools, the portfolio focuses on the issue of student engagement and peer-to-peer interaction. It also tracks the impact of the introduction of a Yellowdig discussion forum assignment in an effort to boost engagement, create a sense of community, and foster connections between course materials and concepts and students’ everyday lives. The latter objective intersects with several of the overall course learning objectives. The portfolio concludes with a review of successful and less successful aspects of the course, as well as plans for future course delivery.