What is required to teach Hybrid or Online at UW Tacoma?
To offer a course hybrid or online at the University of Washington Tacoma, the faculty teaching must be a certified iTech Fellow. The iTech Fellows Initiative is a collaboration between the Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs (EVCAA) Office, our academic programs, the Office of Digital Learning, and the Faculty Resource Center.
An iTech workshop will be offered every quarter (see below for information and registration forms).
Using the Tri-Campus Online/Hybrid Course Development and Teaching Evaluation Rubric ensures that critical elements of design (not content) work together to ensure that your students will achieve your desired learning outcomes and that the review is the application of the rubric, not the opinion of the reviewer.
Once you become a certified iTech Fellow, you are free to teach any course that your program supports as hybrid or online
The University of Washington Tacoma has three designations for technology-enhanced pedagogy. The two that create 40% or more reduced seat time must be taught by instructors that have successfully completed professional development in the online framework, and taken their course through QM Review by the Office of Digital Learning and, optionally, a peer review. Instructors that successfully complete the UW Tacoma iTech Fellows program become certified to do these peer reviews, as well as teach online and hybrid courses without further review.
Campus Course - Courses where up to 39% of scheduled in-person class time may be replaced with online learning tools and content. (Synchronous online content counts as campus time.)
HybridCourse - Courses where between 40-99% of scheduled in-person class time is replaced with asynchronous online learning tools. Also, there must be at least one in-person class meeting. In other words, synchronous online time cannot entirely substitute for in-person class time.
Distance Learning (Online) Course - Courses where in-person interaction between students and professors is entirely replaced with online learning tools and content, that do notrequire a synchronous online presence of all students.
These courses must be designated in the Time Schedule, identifying whether the course will be 1) Hybrid (40-99% online) and when it meets on campus, or fully Online courses (100% online). It is important for students to see these designations when registering for classes because there are implications for military students, international students, and for classroom utilization.
Rationale: This policy takes into consideration the problems that the DL course designation pose for international students and veterans, by restricting the number of courses given that label to those with 100% online content. It also creates a second designation, “Hybrid” (to be designated by a "B" in the Time Schedule), to indicate courses with substantial but not total, online content (40-99%). This policy is also more precise than previous ones, and excludes flipped courses, service learning courses, field courses and study abroad courses from the DL or Hybrid categories. The idea here is to reduce confusion amid the many types of courses that depart from the traditional classroom format, and clarify the nature of those in the “Distance Learning” and the proposed new “Hybrid” designations. It is also intended to be very clear to students that DL – means all online, and H means something more than 40% online and some campus time.
To pass the review, the course must demonstrate "Established Practice" for at least 85% (17/20) of the criteria, including Goals 1A and 1B.
What approvals do I need if I want to teach hybrid or online?
A number of steps are involved for all courses offered in hybrid/online format. Be sure to have the permission of your dean/director/chair to develop and offer a course online.
IF this is anew course never offered in any modality, 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 applying to iTech and taking it through 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.
Are there any deadlines I need to keep in mind?
Check with your program on Time Schedule deadlines. The Schedule now allows for designation of both online and hybrid (40% or more online) formats, but should be set before the Time Schedule goes live.
What else do I need to know?
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:
What if I was just hired and iTech is not offered before I have to teach?
First, check with your department to see if you have approval to teach hybrid/online. We understand that sometimes timing is an issue. We have a temporary solution to allow faculty, who need to teach online or hybrid before an iTech workshop opportunity becomes available:
Build your course and take it through the review process. Once your course passes, you can teach it. You will need to get EACH course you teach QM reviewed PRIOR to offering it. You will be expected to attend the next scheduled iTech workshop and obtain certification.
Summer 2022 | June 20 - July 22 | Asynchronous w/deadlines
This 5-week, fully online, asynchronous short course is designed to enhance your digital course design and digital pedagogy skill set. UW faculty, staff, and graduate students on any of the three campuses are welcome to join.
Along with tutorials on how to build course elements and use tools in Canvas, the course will share strategies to help learners more easily access content and interact with others in online learning environments. It will also feature insights, examples, and practical tips from a great group of faculty.
Topics covered in the short course will include:
• Helping Learners Get Started
• Designing for Learner Success
• Creating Course Content
• Devising Assessments and Grading Efficiently
• Aligning Your Course Learning Objectives
• Strategies for Building Instructor Presence
• Ideas for Fostering Connection and Interaction
• Anti-racist and Inclusive Pedagogy
• Tips for Enhancing Accessibility
• Strategies to Promote Academic Integrity
This course includes weekly deadlines. There is NO SELF-PACED OPTION. However, there are no required synchronous meetings.