Archive for March, 2013

DRAFT Online Offerings Recommendations

Thursday, March 21st, 2013


Recommendation to Increase Online Course offerings in Spring/Fall semesters

Recommend lifting the cap on online-only courses in the fall and spring to allow a one year trial with a maximum of 20 sections per semester online only courses (excluding online grad programs and non-credit courses.) Assessment of online delivery (in addition to the dept. instrument) for the courses is required and class sizes no larger than the comparable on-ground course.

Preference would be given to courses offered online which have an on-ground counterpart during the academic year for comparison.

For the purposes of this trial, a report on the learning outcomes (etc) will be required for online-courses. Suggested comparison to previous on-ground course using either departmental instrument or other similar tool.  Additional questions evaluating the online experience will be listed here.

Courses would still have to be approved by the dept. chair and the dean would have to winnow down the candidates to get to 20.

Trial would last one fall and one spring and results of assessment would be evaluated to determine future directions.

Additional Recommendations

No faculty should ever be forced to offer a course online and all course materials developed by a faculty member are the sole property of that faculty member.

Faculty new to online-only courses should have training with Instructional Design before teaching these courses.

An interactive online student training program aimed at students who have not previously taken online courses will be made available. This should help students to become familiar with the skills needed to be successful in an online course.

Online Course Assessment

All online courses should are subject to contractual and department guidelines regarding evaluation of courses.  The survey tool or other suitable method can be used to administer the department instrument.  Additional questions evaluating the online experience will be listed here and recommended for departments offering online courses.

Hybrid Courses

Hybrid courses are those that meet one of several definitions.  A course is hybrid if there is a reduction of on-ground class meeting times with the expectation that the online component will count for the remaining credit load.  This could be a 3 credit class that meets 1 day/week for 1:15 with the other half is online.  This could be a course that meets 3 days/week for :50 but carries 4 credits.  Courses that are listed as hybrid should not require more than 50% of the course be online.  A course is hybrid if there is a significant add-on component such as a required 3rd party homework/quiz system.

In all cases, hybrid courses should be listed in the course offerings with the division of online/onground time made explicit.  For example a 3 credit 50/50 course would announce the on-ground meeting time (1 day/week for 1:15 in NC 22410) and the online meeting time (1:15/week ONLINE).  In no case should faculty simply announce at the beginning of classes that the course listed as MW 9:25-10:40 in LD 210 is actually a hybrid that meets once a week.