Online/Hybrid Course Plans

A faculty member can request to offer an SVSU course in the online or hybrid format by following the steps outlined below  The plan requires a clear description of how the course content will be delivered effectively in the asynchronous format, with specific examples of tools and methods to facilitate active online learning, as well as a programmatic rationale for online or hybrid delivery. Sample course plans are available for both hybrid and online courses to serve as a general guide.

The Course Plan is filled out the first time the course is offered in an asynchronous format and must be signed by the department chair (including a departmental vote) and the dean of the appropriate college. The course plan is ultimately approved by the Provost or a designee.  Once a course is approved, it can be scheduled in the format in which it was approved, pending administrative scheduling needs.

The submission dates for online/hybrid course plans are:

            • October 1 for Spring/Summer courses 
            • November 1 for the following Fall/Winter academic year courses

To submit an Online/Hybrid Course Plan proposal, please submit the following information in the body of an e-mail to Tammy Elliott ( in Academic Affairs:

  1. Submitter E-Mail
  2. Submitter Name
  3. Course Title
  4. Course Prefix & Number
  5. Indicate whether ONLINE or HYBRID
  6. Please provide a clear description of how the content of the proposed course could be delivered effectively in the online or hybrid format. Include specific examples of tools that would be used to facilitate active learning with this mode of delivery. In addition, please describe the means by which teacher/student communication will take place and the anticipated frequency of such interactions during the course.
  7. In a few sentences please provide your rationale for offering this course in the online or hybrid format. Specifically, address what programmatic or student needs will be met with this delivery method.

NOTE: The approval to offer the course online does not guarantee that the course will be scheduled in that format. Once approved online & hybrid courses are subject to the same scheduling procedures as face to face courses.

Faculty Application for Online/Hybrid Teaching

Faculty may be approved for online/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 course 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.


Overview of SVSU’s Professional Development Course for Online/Hybrid Teaching

Faculty interested in teaching online or hybrid courses are required to complete the training for online/ 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/ hybrid teaching, instructional design principles for online/ hybrid courses and effective instructional strategies for facilitating interactions in an online/ hybrid course. The course uses Quality Matters rubric as a framework for designing high quality online/ hybrid learning experiences.  The training combines online pedagogy and course design training with technical training (VSpace and Instructional Technology).  The training covers the technical aspects of using various VSpace tools and their effective pedagogical uses. During the training participants adapt a course for online/ 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.

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.

 Once participants successfully complete the training, they are approved to develop and teach an online/ hybrid course if they completed the Designer course and are approved to teach an online/ hybrid course if they completed the Facilitator course.

Format:  Both courses are 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 VSpace tools and other instructional technologies. The purpose of offering the training in a hybrid format is to give faculty first-hand experience of participating in a hybrid learning environment. 

Process for Approval by Review Panel

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/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 on-line 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.


Review Panel Protocol

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.


Process for Online/Hybrid Course Scheduling

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/hybrid training)

Online and hybrid courses cannot be listed in Cardinal Direct with ‘Staff’ as the instructor.