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.
One part of this process at UWT is participating in Quality Matter's peer-based approach to continuous improvement in online education and student learning. Course approval takes place via peer review using QM's national, faculty-developed rubric for online course design. This process ensures that critical elements of design (not content) work together to ensure that your students will achieve your desired learning outcomes.
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. The FRC can give you a list of names. Once your course is reviewed (see spreadsheet above - submitted with scores and signature by reviewers to your director/dean), then your DL Supplement Form and spreadsheets are approved and recorded through to Chancellor's Office (Ginger MacDonald) to 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 except questions regarding DL designation will need to be completed before submitting to UWT for peer review. On UW new course paperwork, DL questions are left blank at the UWT campus as we do not participate in the Seattle DL process.
UWT Distance Learning Supplement Form: PDF | Word
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:
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.
See you online! Quick link to this page: http://tinyurl.com/QMatUWT