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. 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. Training includes technology, online learning pedagogy, and comprehension of the Quality Matters Rubric.
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.