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Online Learning

The Center for Creative Instruction empowers faculty to engage with their students. Whether it's enhancing a campus-based course, creating a hybrid course, or developing a fully-online course, CCI staff will support you. To schedule an appointment for instructional design, course design or Moodle support, contact the Distance Learning Coordinator at online@potsdam.edu.

Process to deliver an online course

If you plan to deliver an online course, you must submit an Intent Packet (which includes an Intent to Develop and Deliver form) to DLProposal@potsdam.edu at least 30 weeks before the target date of delivery. If approved, an Instructional Designer will contact you to establish a course development timeline and will assist you in developing the course.  The entire process is represented in the DL Course Approval Process Infographic and comprehensive guidelines and policies are available at Policies and Procedures for Online Course Development.

Please Note:

  • You will need a complete Syllabus for the course which includes a Course Schedule as part of the Intent Packet. A Syllabus for an online course is a little different than a regular Syllabus!  For assistance with the Syllabus contact online@potsdam.edu.
  • Faculty that have secured DL Credentials may submit their Intent Packet within a shorter timeframe. To be credentialed, the faculty member must have completed the campus’s PTOL seminar (or equivalent) and taught at least one semester online with no substantive complaints.

 

 

Why should you teach online?

Faculty members teaching online have reported not only a wonderful experience, but also noted an improvement of their face-to-face courses as a result. Delivering an Online course doesn't change the content, just the delivery methodology and interaction.

Reasons to consider teaching online:

  • Provides access to non-traditional students
  • Opportunity to learn online pedagogy
  • Can improve pedagogy in onsite (face-to-face) courses
  • Opportunity to incorporate online resources into all of your courses
  • Learn new, or update current, technology skills
  • Opportunity to conduct educational research regarding teaching and learning
  • Affords convenience, yet remains challenging and rewarding

Training

Watch for the Pedagogy & Technology of Online Learning seminar - offered every semester. This fully online seminar takes you systematically through the design and development phases of creating an online course in only eight weeks.

Information on the campus LMS can be found at Moodle and student information on online learning can be found at Online & Hybrid Courses.  The campus OSCQR rubric is used for all online courses.