Offering an Online Course at UWT

FOR: Instructors Participating in Online Course Redesign

Course Design Process
Support for online course design is available in the Faculty Resource Center (WG 208). In addition to getting you started and providing paperwork needed, they can help you ensure that your course has been developed based on current effective practice.

To offer a course online at UW Tacoma, it must have UW DL-designation. Our UW Tacoma faculty-approved process is to use Quality Matter's peer-based course review. QM's national, faculty-developed rubric for online course design ensures that critical elements of design (not content) work together to ensure that your students will achieve your desired learning outcomes.

Quality Matters (QM) Rubric
List of UWT Peer Reviewers

For a course to meet Quality Matters review expectations, the course must have:

  • Answered ‘Yes’ to ALL 3-point Essential Standards
  • A total overall score of 81 out of 95 points with no partial point scores. 

Course Approval
A number of steps are involved in offering your course online. Be sure to have permission of your dean/director/chair to develop and offer a course online. After completing your course development, allow time to go through UWT peer review and designation (DL) as an online course. The Faculty Resource Center can help you prepare for QM peer review and paperwork on the UWT DL supplement form (below).

Peer Review: Contact two instructors who have been through the training and review process from the list above. Submit their names to Colleen Carmean, who will provide current forms and criteria. Once your course is peer-reviewed with forms signed and returned to the Faculty Resource Center, the DL Supplement Approval Form and paperwork are recorded through the Chancellor's Office to the UW Curriculum Committee.

IF this is a new course, please have it approved as a UWT course for the catalog first. All UW standard paperwork will need to be completed and the course approved before submitting for DL designation. On UW new course paperwork, DL questions are left blank at the UWT campus as we do not participate in the Seattle DL process.

When QM peer review is complete, attach to  UWT Distance Learning Supplement Form to be submitted to UWT eLearning Office for approvals and processing. The University of Washington also requires reapproval after three years. At UW Tacoma, your department chair/dean can contact the eLearning Office and confirm that the course is being maintained and that it is the same environment that went through peer review. Instructors can request an informal peer review at any time.

Teaching Online
If you are hoping to schedule your online course in an upcoming quarter, make note of dates that finished paperwork needs to be submitted to Seattle: Quarter Deadlines for Curriculum Committee Submissions

Questions about online teaching and learning, emerging tools for deeper engagement in the online format, and how best to reach our new digital generation of learners are topics of research, workshops, and conversations at the Faculty Resource Center. It's not about the technology; it's about engaging our learners, demonstrating our passion for the subject matter, and learning from colleagues trying new pedagogies. Here's a quick list of 8 lessons learned:

8 Lessons Learned from Teaching Online from EDUCAUSE on Vimeo.

Course Assessment
Academic programs at UWT now participate in the UW online evaluation system run through the Office of Educational Assessment for online and pilot on-ground courses. The system is seeing varied response rates, but thoughtful qualitative responses. It is important that instructors encourage students to participate. See your program's course administrator for information on delivery, process, and format options.

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