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Online Course Development Process


Faculty and departments that are developing fully online and hybrid courses should follow the process below:

Pre-production

  1. Engage departmental faculty in the design and implementation of online learning and have a clear articulation of their responsibilities and oversight for the program.
  2. Make department chairs aware of and gain their approval for online course development.
  3. Participate in online course development training offered by OIRT for courses on Sakai platform or COHLIT for courses on eCollege platform.
  4. Submit online courses to Online Course Development Program for funding.
  5. Develop MoU/contract with online course developer. Contact SAS Dean’s office for agreement templates.

 

Production

  1. Collaborate with an instructional designer (OIRT/COHLIT) on course development.
  2. Examine course using a design rubric that encompasses both national quality standards for effective online learning as well as a superset of design standards agreed to by the institution and representatives from the program’s faculty.
  3. Make the syllabus available at the time of student registration, and include the students with disabilities statement (see SAS Online Course Administrative Policy).

 

Review

  1. Submit the course to the SAS Curriculum Committee for review, per the committee’s guidelines.
  2. Submit the course for a review of accessibility to students with disabilities.
  3. Ensure that the course is properly coded as fully online and has an associated LMS (Learning Management System). Department administrators can contact Scheduling and Classroom Management for further information.

 

Contact

Please direct questions or inquiries regarding the Online Course Development Process to:

Chris Scherer
Director/New Program Initiatives & Digital Learning
77 Hamilton Street, suite 201B
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
848.932.6418
cscherer@sas.rutgers.edu
Rutgers School of Arts & Sciences

 

 

Curriculum Committee Review Process


SAS faculty-approved resolution on Online / Hybrid Course Proposals

The following requirements will apply to SAS undergraduate courses offered for credit in a fully online or hybrid format. Fully online refers to those courses with a severely limited number of possible in-person meetings, including exams; hybrid refers to those courses with a significant portion of meetings online, roughly 1/3 to 1/2.

Completely new online or hybrid courses will come to the SAS Curriculum Committee and then to the full faculty for approval, as is the case for all new courses. The information required in the proposal of such courses, in addition to the usual requirements as for traditional-format courses, will include the items below.

Online or hybrid versions of existing SAS courses will come to the SAS Curriculum Committee for approval, but will not require a vote of the full faculty, similar to the procedure for Winter Session courses. The information required in the proposal of such courses will include syllabi for both the traditional version and the online or hybrid version, and the URL of the web site for the online or hybrid version, if available, as well as the items below.

After at most three years of offering, a report on comparative assessment will be provided to the SAS Assessment Committee, including access to the web site for the course, a departmental evaluation of the success of the format, and information on any changes to course.

 

Online/hybrid issues to be addressed in course proposals:

  1. Description of pedagogical reasons for an online/hybrid version of the course and its appropriateness. Comparison with the traditional format of this or similar courses, and identification of which elements substitute for what, spelled out.
  2. Limits on class size, and expectations of demands on course instructors, clearly spelled out and justified.
  3. Qualifications of the student target audience and prerequisites clearly spelled out and justified.
  4. Qualifications of the instructor(s) for online instruction clearly spelled out.
  5. Numbers of hours and timing of required student online involvement clearly spelled out, as well as all other expectations of what students must do and when.
  6. Rubric for evaluation of student online participation spelled out.
  7. Measures for ensuring academic integrity, and specifically identity integrity, for the course. (For example, testing issues need to be addressed in courses that involve exams.)

 

 

Contact

Please submit online course proposals to Michael Weingart (weingart@math.rutgers.edu).

 

 

Online Course Development Program

The Online Course Development Program makes funds and support available for the development of individual online courses. Funds are designated specifically for the expenses incurred in the creation of a fully online course (fewer than three face-to-face meetings per semester), such as course development stipends and production costs (video, etc.).

Fully online programs (certificates, Master’s, etc.) should be submitted to the Entrepreneurial Award Program for consideration.

 

Financial Considerations

Online Course Development Funds are not to be used for the expenses incurred in teaching an online course. If teaching online courses represents an increased instructional load for the department, then application should be made to the Office of Undergraduate Education for additional resources.

 

Support

SAS faculty and departments that are developing online and hybrid courses are encouraged to take advantage of resources available to assist in the development of online and hybrid courses. Resources available include:

 

How to Apply

Faculty/departments should submit an application, which can be found at the link below. There is no application deadline; applications are considered as they are submitted. All applications must be approved by department chairs prior to submission.

Online Course Development Program Application Form

 

Policies and Guidelines

  • SAS faculty and departments should follow the Online Course Development Process and adhere to the Online Course Administrative Policy and Online Course Guidelines.
  • The SAS Curriculum Committee Review Process requires that all online and hybrid courses – whether new courses or adaptations of existing courses – be submitted to the Curriculum Committee for approval upon completion of course production.
  • When a course development stipend or other compensation is provided for the development of an online course, the SAS Dean’s office strongly recommends that the department formalize the arrangement with a contract or memorandum of understanding. Contact Chris Scherer in the SAS Dean’s office for guidance on selecting the appropriate agreement template.

 

Contact

Please direct questions or inquiries regarding the Online Course Development Program to:

Chris Scherer
Director/New Program Initiatives & Digital Learning
77 Hamilton Street, suite 201B
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
848.932.6418
cscherer@sas.rutgers.edu
Rutgers School of Arts & Sciences

 

 

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