Offering Online Options at UWT

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FOR: ITech Fellows 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 policy guidelines, we can help ensure that your course has been developed based on current effective practice, using the best tools for your pedagogy, discipline, and practice.

To offer a course online or hybrid at the University of Washington Tacoma, the faculty teaching must be a certified iTech Fellow. These courses are now listed 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).

This decision has implications for military students, international students, upper division (residency rule) students and for classroom utilization. Both formats require the instructor be certified via UW Tacoma's iTech Fellows program.  Our faculty-approved process is to use the framework of 1) training as iTech Fellows and 2) certifying via standards via peer-based course review.

Using a nationally recognized, consortium-developed rubric for online course review 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 iTech Fellows & Peer Reviewers
UWT Distance Learning Supplement Form 

New Fellows: For your first H/O course to meet peer review expectations, the review must have:

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

Approvals for all H/O courses
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, and the instructor must have filled out the DL form once for any course you wish to offer online/hybrid so that your program administratior has permission to schedule. 

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 the course is ready to offer H/O, iTech Fellows submit the signed  UWT Distance Learning Supplement Form to UWT Faculty Resource Center for processing. 

Teaching Online
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.

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 ongoing 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 UW's Office of Educational Assessment for all courses, with assessments in paper or online format. The system is seeing varied response rates for online evaluations, but with more thoughtful qualitative responses. It is important that instructors are familiar with evaluation format options and encourage students to participate in online evaluations. See your program's course administrator for more information.

See you online!