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Scenario 2

The faculty member has never taught an online course at FIT but the course has been taught online before.

Next steps for the faculty member:

  1. Practice your Blackboard skills. You may sign up for a workshop through the CET. Or use the tutorials available here.
  2. Talk to your chairperson about your interest in teaching online, and decide together which course should be adapted for the online environment.
    • Since the course has already been taught online before, you will not need to get it approved from a curriculum standpoint (e.g. the Curriculum Committee).
    • Be sure there will be sufficient demand for another online section of this course, or confirm with your chair that you will be taking over the current online section. (Note that If you are adding another online section [rather than teaching a current online section], you will receive a $500 stipend for training to teach online).
    • Decide in which semester you should teach it. You will need one full semester of training prior to teaching the course.
  3. Talk to your dean and chair about this plan, and request an e-mail from each stating their approval of your request to teach online.
  4. Read section 21.9 of the contract, which pertains to the Distance Learning Program. Note that the contract requires peer evaluations during your first two semesters of teaching online.
  5. Fill out the online request form through the Office of Online Learning. Priority will be given to courses and faculty that are new to online delivery, to courses that satisfy a school or departmental need or priority, and to courses that fill a general education requirement. Requests are reviewed every February, and faculty members will be notified through e-mail about the status of their request.
  6. After you receive an email from the Office of Online Learning (stating that you are ready to teach online), attend a series of training workshops during the semester prior to teaching the course. You will build much of your course during this training period.
  7. At the end of this training, your course will be certified to “Go Live” by Tamara Cupples, executive director of online learning. This checklist will be used when certifying your course.