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Scenario 4

The faculty member has already taught at least one online course at FIT and the course he/she is about to teach 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 plans to teach this course online.
    • 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.
    • 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. After you receive an email from the Office of Online Learning (stating that you are ready to teach this section online), develop the course in the Blackboard environment.
  7. Please email Tamara Cupples, executive director of online learning when your course is complete. She will certify your course to “Go Live.” This checklist will be used when certifying your course.
  8. Please note that no stipend applies in this case.