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Online Course Best Practices Certification Initiative

UNM ONLINE COURSE BEST PRACTICE CERTIFICATION INITIATIVE
2017 Fall Application Submission Deadline– FRIDAY, AUGUST 18, 2017.

We will have  information sessions on Monday, May 15 from 1:00 – 2:00 & Wednesday, August 16 from 3:00 – 4:00 in Woodward Hall, Rm. 140D (basement).


1) INSTRUCTOR LED COURSE APPLICATION

In collaboration with UNM Extended Learning (EL) and the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE), the UNM Online Course Advisory Council (OCAC) would like to invite UNM Main Campus Online Faculty to apply to have their UNM online course certified as an UNM Online Best Practice Course.  This is the third year of this initiative and we have reviewed almost 75 courses.  Thirty-five courses will be reviewed in the 2017/18 year.

The award will include time and assistance from an EL Instructional Designer to redesign the course using the UNM Online Rubric.  Faculty successfully completing the certification will receive a $2,000 stipend and their course will join the esteemed group of UNM Online Best Practice Certified Courses.  Please see the list Recipients at http://extendedlearning.unm.edu/faculty/ocac-2016-recipients.html

CRITERIA

All UNM Main campus instructors are eligible. 
OCAC now has a TA Master Course Initiative - please see below.

1) Course must have been taught by the instructor a minimum of two times online through UNM Main
    Campus
2) Course must be taught online 3 subsequent semesters (does not have to be consecutive semesters) after being certified
3) Core Courses/Gen Ed courses and/or courses that are part of an online degree or degree completion program will have preference
4) Instructors who have received the Award may apply for a second course.  New instructors will get priority.

AWARD

  • $2,000 instructor stipend for redesign
  • Instructional Design consultant support preparation for review and during review process
  • If certified, your Quality Matters National Course Review fee ($1,000) will be paid: https://www.qualitymatters.org

BACKGROUND

OCAC was established by the Provost in 2012.  The Advisory Council was charged with establishing  an online course standards rubric grounded in research-based best practices, reflecting Higher Learning Commission and federal requirements for online distance teaching and learning.   The UNM Online Course Best Practice Rubric was presented to the Faculty Senate Teaching Enhancement Committee and was approved in December 2012; revisions were approved in May 2015.  http://extendedlearning.unm.edu/faculty/documents/onlinecoursestandardsrubric.pdf

THE PROCESS

 

  1. May 2017 – August 2017– Call for Proposals
  2. May 3 - August 18:  Faculty submit an application for course redesign and review.  Proposals due August 18, 2017.
  3. August 21:  Fifteen to twenty courses will be selected for Fall 2017 review and fifteen to twenty courses will be selected for the Fall 2017 review.  Fall review courses will be assigned to a review panel.
  4. August 21 – October 2:  Faculty scheduled for Fall review will complete the UNM Online Course Standards Rubric noting evidence for each objective (Baseline Checklist through Standards 5) with the assistance of EL Faculty Services and an Online Course Development Course Designer.   Rubric Self-Review and Faculty Worksheet submission due to OCAC by Monday, October 2, 2017.
  5. October 9 – November 3:  UNM OCAC Rubric Review Team will conduct a 30 minute review of the course as a student using the Faculty member’s submitted UNM rubric.   A 90-minute Review Meeting with faculty member, EL Course Designer and three UNM OCAC Review Panelists – the faculty will give an overview of course to share how it meets each standard.
  6. October23 – November 17:   Faculty informed of certification status (meets or needs improvement)
  7. December 11:  Faculty who receive a Needs Improvement may make recommended changes and submit for re-review by December 11.
  8. If course meets UNM Best Practice Certification
    1. Course will receive UNM Best Practice Golden PAW Seal of Approval to place in course and noted on the UNM Online Course website as UNM Best Practice Certified.
    2. Faculty will receive a $2,000 stipend and a certification letter.
    3. The faculty member will have the $1,000 course review fee paid by Extended Learning if submitted for a National Quality Matters Review.  See the Quality Matters website for information for their review process. https://www.qualitymatters.org
  9. November 17, 2017– Application Announcement goes out for Spring 2018

ONLINE APPLICATION – Go to this linkto apply to have your course reviewed.

2) UNM ONLINE TA MASTERCOURSE BEST PRACTICE CERTIFICATION INITIATIVE

We will have  information sessions on Monday, May 15 from 1:00 – 2:00 & Wednesday, August 16 from 3:00 – 4:00 in Woodward Hall, Rm. 140D (basement).

In collaboration with UNM Extended Learning (EL) and the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE), the UNM Online Course Advisory Council (OCAC) would like to invite UNM Main Campus Online Faculty who support TA taught Online Courses to apply to develop a Best Practice TA Master Course.  This offer is our pilot initiative for this Spring, to take advantage of funds that are still available.  We hope to offer this as part of our yearly OCAC Best Practice Initiative in future semesters, as well.  Since this is a pilot, we know you may have questions, we hope to tailor this around your needs, but we must require a faculty Supervisor be part of this award.

The process is like our OCAC Best Practices Initiative that has been very successful for the past 4 semesters:

This will include time and assistance from an EL Instructional Designer to redesign the course using the UNM Online Rubric.  Faculty successfully completing the certification will receive a $2,000 stipend and their course will join the esteemed group of UNM Online Best Practice Certified Courses.  Please see the list Recipients at http://extendedlearning.unm.edu/faculty/ocac-2016-recipients.html.  


CRITERIA

All UNM Main campus instructors are eligible. 
OCAC now has a TA Master Course Initiative - please see below.

1) Course must have been taught by the instructor a minimum of two times online through UNM Main
    Campus
2) Course must be taught online 3 subsequent semesters (does not have to be consecutive semesters) after being certified
3) Core Courses/Gen Ed courses and/or courses that are part of an online degree or degree completion program will have preference
4) Instructors who have received the Award may apply for a second course.  New instructors will get priority.

AWARD

  • $2,000 instructor stipend for redesign
  • Instructional Design consultant support preparation for review and during review process
  • If certified, your Quality Matters National Course Review fee ($1,000) will be paid: https://www.qualitymatters.org

BACKGROUND

OCAC was established by the Provost in 2012.  The Advisory Council was charged with establishing  an online course standards rubric grounded in research-based best practices, reflecting Higher Learning Commission and federal requirements for online distance teaching and learning.   The UNM Online Course Best Practice Rubric was presented to the Faculty Senate Teaching Enhancement Committee and was approved in December 2012; revisions were approved in May 2015.  http://extendedlearning.unm.edu/faculty/documents/onlinecoursestandardsrubric.pdf

THE PROCESS

 

  1. May 2017 – August 2017– Call for Proposals
  2. May 3 - August 18:  Supervising Faculty submit an application for course redesign and review.  Proposals due August 18, 2017.
  3. August 21:  Courses will be selected for Fall 2017 review and fifteen to twenty courses will be selected for the Fall 2017 review.  Fall review courses will be assigned to a review panel.
  4. August 21 – October 2:  Faculty scheduled for Fall review will complete the UNM Online Course Standards Rubric noting evidence for each objective (Baseline Checklist through Standards 5) with the assistance of EL Faculty Services and an Online Course Development Course Designer.   Rubric Self-Review and Faculty Worksheet submission due to OCAC by Monday, October 2, 2017.
  5. October 9 – November 3:  UNM OCAC Rubric Review Team will conduct a 30 minute review of the course as a student using the Faculty member’s submitted UNM rubric.   A 90-minute Review Meeting with faculty member, EL Course Designer and three UNM OCAC Review Panelists – the faculty will give an overview of course to share how it meets each standard.
  6. October23 – November 17:   Faculty informed of certification status (meets or needs improvement)
  7. December 11:  Faculty who receive a Needs Improvement may make recommended changes and submit for re-review by December 11.
  8. If course meets UNM Best Practice Certification
    1. Course will receive UNM Best Practice Golden PAW Seal of Approval to place in course and noted on the UNM Online Course website as UNM Best Practice Certified.
    2. Faculty will receive a $2,000 stipend and a certification letter.
    3. The faculty member will have the $1,000 course review fee paid by Extended Learning if submitted for a National Quality Matters Review.  See the Quality Matters website for information for their review process. https://www.qualitymatters.org
  9. November 17, 2017– Application Announcement goes out for Spring 2018

ONLINE APPLICATION – Go to this linkto apply to have your course reviewed.

2017/18 Online Course Advisory Council

                        Ann Brooks, ASM                    Trenia Walker, COE

                       Chris Hall, ME                          Melinda Tinkle, CON
                                                Lisa Gerber, A&S

Ex-Officio:
Greg Heileman, Associate Provost for Curriculum
Monica Orozco Obando, Vice Provost for Extended Learning
Aeron Haynie, Director of Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE)
Debby Knotts, Executive Director Extended Learning, Strategic Initiatives
Becky Adams, Director of Extended Learning, Faculty Services & Online Course Development

For more information contact:

Becky Adams, Director of Extended Learning, Faculty Services & Online Course Development
reada321@unm.edu