DE COURSE PROPOSAL
Utah Valley University invites submission of innovative and well-conceived courses for development through Distance Education (DE) that extend access to education for new and diverse student populations.
To qualify for consideration, courses must have been previously approved by the Curriculum Committee and their development endorsed by the department chair.
NEW COURSE DEVELOPMENT INCENTIVE
Faculty are eligible for a new course development remuneration if they are designated "Wolverine Green" or "Wolverine Gold." The Wolverine Gold designation is reserved for large enrollment courses or bottleneck courses as designated by the office of Academic Affairs. These courses are generally taught by a large adjunct pool and thus require thoughtful design regarding content stability while at the same time using interactive media and technologies to engage and assess students in large course sections. There is no qualitative difference between a Green or Gold course.
Note: Courses that consist primarily of "e-Packs," online textbooks, or third-party-produced online content are not eligible for the DE development incentive.
Faculty who deliver courses through DE may be eligible for a Delivery Incentive. See the DE Compensation document for details. All curriculum and scheduling decisions are made by the academic departments.
DE echoes the University's commitment to academic freedom and the protection of the intellectual property interests of all concerned in the development of course materials to be delivered through DE technologies. As such, materials developed for DE delivery are bound by the University's policy on intellectual property (#136).
DE COURSE DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENT
Faculty as Subject Matter Expert(s)
A faculty member who works with Distance Education (DE) on a new DE course is termed "Subject Matter Expert" (SME). An SME collaborates with Instructional Design Services to create a web-based course consisting of course orientation materials, lessons, interactions, activities, assessments, and evaluations. The Instructional Design Services unit provides instructional design consultation, editing, media development services, course construction, and technology enhancement during the course development phase.
New Course Development Incentive Amounts and Payment
During course development meetings, the Instructional Designer will outline the development standards necessary to achieve a Wolverine Green or Gold endorsement (an icon displayed at the bottom of the course pages to indicate its status). These courses are considered exemplary and will be showcased as model DE courses.
Faculty compensation for online course development is determined by development standards implemented by Instructional Design Services, department chair approval, and student course evaluations. The table below illustrates a conceptual breakdown of faculty remuneration. The course must meet the first three criteria to achieve a Wolverine Green or Gold course designation (and accompanying incentive). The incentive for course development will be paid at the completion of the pilot semester, after department approval and completion of student evaluations.
*Department heads must sign both the course proposal forms at the beginning of the design process as well as check the course after development for quality subject matter coverage.
**Compensation is tied to response rates of student course evaluations rather than results of student course evaluations. Evaluation questions that assess course design are considered at the end of pilot for course improvement purposes only.
DE COURSE DEVELOPMENT PROPOSAL
What is the projected enrollment for this course?
Is this course being developed for delivery to multiple sections by a single instructor?
Is this course being developed for delivery to multiple sections by multiple instructors?
Course Design Elements
What are the objectives and goals for this course?
Do you have any concerns about delivering this course online?
Activities Students May Engage In
Textbook or Article Reading
Discussions with Instructor
Discussions with Students
Online Quizzes and Exams
Classroom Testing Center or Proctored Exams
Group Projects or Activities
Blogging or Journaling
Real-Time Web Meetings
ACADEMIC DEPARTMENT COMMITMENT TO DE COURSE DEVELOPMENT
A sponsoring academic department, hereafter referred to as "sponsoring department," agrees to allow selected faculty to develop
as a Distance Education course that is proposed by
and requested for delivery for
Each Subject Matter Expert (SME) assigned to develop a DE course shall author original course lectures, materials, activities, and assessments to constitute the content of an entire course for delivery at a distance. The sponsoring academic department is solely responsible for ensuring the academic quality and rigor of any and all DE courses.
A faculty member assigned by the department to teach a DE course (the "instructor") may or may not be the same faculty member as the SME. Compensation for instructors teaching a DE course is separate from any stipend for course development and is not defined in this document. The sponsoring department agrees to provide replacement faculty member(s) and notify DE in the event that the SME or the instructor is/are unable to complete assigned duties.
Except when grant monies and/or faculty release time is involved, Distance Education will typically cover all course development costs — no financial commitment is expected of schools or departments.
During the pilot (first) semester, enrollments for online courses are typically limited. After the pilot enrollment, the cap "levels" (25, 40, 100) are at the sole discretion of the sponsoring academic department.
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