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Scenario 3

The faculty member has already taught at least one online course at FIT and the course has never been offered 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 a new course online, and decide together which course this should be. Be sure there will be sufficient demand for the online course, and decide which semester you should teach it in.
  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. Once approval is received from the Office of Online Learning, write an online course statement, explaining how you will adapt this course for the online environment [see guidelines]. Meet with Tamara Cupples, executive director of online learning, to discuss the online course statement; she will help you through the rest of the process.
  7. Get your online course statement approved by the below areas (in this order):
    • Your Department
    • Your School
    • Curriculum Committee (Once your department and school have approved the statement, confirm with Terry Chan at 7-5544 that you will be scheduled for an upcoming Curriculum Committee meeting. Please inform Tamara Cupples when your course is scheduled for Curriculum Committee.)
    • Dean’s Council
  8. Since you have already trained to teach online, you do not need to attend training. Develop your new online course, and let the Office of Online Learning know if you need assistance with it.
  9. Let Tamara Cupples know when your course is ready to be certified to “Go Live.” This checklist will be used when certifying your course.
  10. Once your course is certified, you will receive a stipend of $500 for developing a new online course.