Teaching Online at University of Maryland Eastern Shore
In order to assure that fully online courses delivered are of a high quality, the UMES Vice President of Academic Affairs and the Center for Instructional Technology have developed a set of guidelines and requirements. All online courses must be approved by the Online Course Review Committee as pedagogically sound before being considered as a fully online course by the University. All instructors developing a fully-online course for the first time must meet with a representative of the Center for Instructional Technology for consultation. The consultation and, if necessary, follow up sessions may include training, curriculum development assistance, and/or technical support. To ensure that faculty are well prepared to use the Blackboard Learning Management System, all faculty users are required to take training for which they will receive a certificate.
The approved rubric will be utilized to evaluate courses with a minimal score of 32 out of a possible 42 points required for approval. Developers of courses will receive a copy of the rubric as well as suggestions for course improvement. Courses that do not meet the minimal score will be allowed to be resubmitted and reconsidered following improvement.
The benefits of a fully online course are:
- Can allow a course to include students located in multiple locations
- Instructor can run and manage course from any location
- Asynchronous element allows students to work according to their own schedule
- Allow courses to run with fewer students.
- Does not tie up classroom space.
- Self Directed learning
- Faculty can personalize interactions and learning experiences by responding to individual student needs
- More courses can be run over the summer and winter breaks
- Extended resources
- Satisfies University System of Maryland out of classroom experiences/non-traditional learning mandate
The submission and approval process to develop an online course is as follows:
- Print out the Online Course Request Form
- Fill in all information and present form to Chair of Department for approval.
- Send completed form the Dean of your school for approval.
- Send completed and signed form to the Center for Instructional Technology.
- The Center for Instructional Technology will contact faculty for a preliminary meeting.
- The Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs provides final approval (if stipend is to be paid for development)
- Present completed course to the OLPPC for review.
- Committee recommends revisions or passes approval along to the Center for Instructional Technology
- Course is taught.
- At the completion of the course, results are presented to the OLPPC.