At SVSU, faculty members have the opportunity to teach courses in online and hybrid formats. The University is committed to high-quality learning experiences offered in a variety of delivery formats. Faculty members are provided with training and ongoing support to design and teach online and hybrid courses. SVSU is a subscribing member of the Quality Matters Program, which provides national standards and guidelines for designing high quality online and hybrid learning experiences.
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A department can request to offer an SVSU course in the online or hybrid format by indicating the format when the departmental schedule is submitted. The definition of online and hybrid courses is provided in the faculty contract and all courses are expected to follow Quality Matters guidelines including copyright and ADA accessibility considerations.
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Faculty may be approved for online and hybrid teaching in three ways:
1. Successful completion of SVSU Professional Development Course
This is the preferred route to teaching online at SVSU. The SVSU professional development course has been designed to meet the standards and expectations for this University.
2. Approval by a review panel
This option is for faculty who can demonstrate prior success at teaching online and proficiency in online course design. The procedures for the panel review are described below.
3. Provisional temporary approval by VPAA office
This is a temporary approval made in extenuating circumstances, usually for experienced individuals hired too late to complete the SVSU training or panel review prior to the start of a semester.
Once a faculty member has been approved by completing the professional development course or by the review panel process, she/he is eligible to teach any online or hybrid course within his/her professional expertise and pending scheduling approval by the administration.
Faculty interested in teaching online or hybrid courses are required to complete the training for online and hybrid teaching. The training covers both the technical and pedagogical/instructional design aspects of online and hybrid instruction.
There are two training options available:
Designer Course: This is a 10-week training course that is intended for faculty who are interested in developing and teaching an online or hybrid course. The course focuses on best practices in online and hybrid teaching, instructional design principles for online and hybrid courses and effective instructional strategies for facilitating interactions in an online and hybrid course. The course uses the Quality Matters rubric as a framework for designing high quality online and hybrid learning experiences. The training combines online pedagogy and course design training with technical training (Canvas and Instructional Technology). The training covers the technical aspects of using various tools and their effective pedagogical uses. During the training, participants adapt a course for online and hybrid delivery using the Quality Matters rubric. The training is offered in a hybrid format and provides participants the opportunity to experience a hybrid learning environment as a student.
Format: This course is offered in a hybrid format that includes a combination of face-to-face and online sessions. The face-to-face sessions are hands-on technology sessions that cover Canvas and other instructional technologies. The purpose of offering the training in a hybrid format is to give faculty the first-hand experience of participating in a hybrid learning environment.
Facilitator Course: This is a 5-week training course that is intended for faculty who will be teaching an online or hybrid course that has already been developed. The focus of this course is more on facilitation skills rather than course design skills.
Format: This course is offered in an online, self-paced format.
After the successful completion of the Designer Course training, faculty are approved to develop and teach an online or hybrid course at SVSU. After the successful completion of the Facilitator Course training, faculty are approved to teach an online or hybrid course at SVSU that has already been developed.
A faculty member can request a panel review to obtain approval to teach online if (s)he can demonstrate prior success at teaching online and proficiency in online course design.
The review panel will be composed of three members. Two will be appointed by the FA president and one by the Provost. Both FA appointments will be Faculty who have taught several online or hybrid courses at SVSU, and whenever possible, minimum of 1 Faculty member will be from the applicant’s college. A Yes vote by majority of the panel members will result in applicant being on “master roster” of approved faculty; a No vote will result in applicant needing to take the SVSU course for approval.
At the time of application, the faculty member must provide evidence of prior successful online teaching experience and knowledge of best practices in online education. While there is no “template” for a successful review, the panel will be looking for sufficient competence in three general areas: course design; course assessment; and interactivity.
It is required that a faculty member provide examples of online content including sample modules from an online or hybrid course developed by the faculty member. These materials must demonstrate course design and assessment consistent with current best practices and appropriate interactivity. In addition, faculty members may provide additional evidence such as additional course materials as desired, professional development credentials, and student evaluations.
1. The faculty member submits an application, electronically and simultaneously, to the Provost/VPAA office, department Chair and Dean. Within 7 days the Chair and the Dean will, in writing, convey, to the Provost/VPAA whether they endorse the application.
2. Upon receipt of the application, the Provost / VPAA office will notify the Faculty Association President. Within 7 days , the Provost / VPAA and FA President will announce their appointments to the review panel.
3. Once the review panel has been assembled, the appointed members will elect a Chair of the panel. The Chair will consult with the applicant to schedule an agreeable time / date / location for the applicant to meet with the panel to demonstrate the course content and review the merits of the application based upon the relevant evidence. This meeting should take place within 21 days following submission of the application.
4. The review panel should inform the applicant, the Department Chair, and the respective Dean of its decision within 7 days following the review meeting.
• Decision of the panel is not grievable.
• NOTE: The maximum amount of time for this review to occur, from its beginning to the culmination, is 28 days.
Once a course is fully approved it can be included in the regular course schedules that departments submit to their Dean. The following information must be included in the schedule at that time in order for the courses to be listed in Cardinal Direct:
• Dates and times of all face-to-face class meetings
• The name of the instructor (who has completed online and hybrid training)
Online and hybrid courses cannot be listed in Cardinal Direct with ‘Staff’ as the instructor.
This award recognizes a full-time faculty member who has demonstrated excellence in online teaching by creatively and effectively using appropriate technologies and best practices to design and teach online and/or hybrid courses at SVSU. The recipient must have designed and taught one or more online or hybrid courses using innovative instructional approaches and appropriate technologies with a demonstrated impact on student learning. Alumni, students, faculty and staff may nominate candidates.
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The nomination deadline for the Award is 4:30 pm on the 3rd Friday of January each year.
To be eligible for this award, a faculty member must be currently employed full-time at SVSU and must have designed and taught one or more online courses. In making your nomination, cite evidence that the nominee meets the above criteria. The recipient will be announced at the annual awards banquet in the spring.
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