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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 and Online Learning for consultation. The consultation and, if necessary, follow up sessions may include training, curriculum development assistance, and/or technical support. All online and hybrid courses must be fully developed before the beginning of the semester. To ensure that faculty are well prepared to use the Blackboard Learning Management System, all faculty teaching online are required to take training for which they will receive a certificate. Training includes technology, online learning pedagogy, and comprehension of the Quality Matters Rubric. Please contact the CITOL department to be enrolled in the self-paced UMES Online Teaching Certification course. This course is fully online on Blackboard and available to any UMES faculty or staff.

    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: 

    1. Print out the Online Course Request Form
    2. Fill in all information and present form along with the syllabus to the Chair of the Department for approval. 
    3. Send completed form with the syllabus to the Dean of your school for approval. 
    4. Send completed submission packet to the Center for Instructional Technology (containing the following items)
    5. The Center for Instructional Technology will contact faculty for a preliminary meeting. 
    6. The Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs provides final approval (if stipend is to be paid for development)
    7. Present completed course to the CITOL for review. 
    8. Recommendations are passed to faculty for revisions. 
    9. Revisions are made before semester begins and final course approval is granted by CITOL.
    10. Course is taught. 
    11. At the completion of the course, results are presented to the OLPPC. 

    Contact Brian Bergan-Aurand, PhD today to get started!