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Online Learning

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The CCI empowers faculty to engage with their students. Whether you want to enhance a campus-based (on-site) course, create a hybrid course, or develop 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 DL Course Approval Process Infographic walks you through the entire process, and you can find comprehensive guidelines and policies at Policies and Procedures for Online Course Development.

Intent to Develop and Deliver FORM Mac Users: Do NOT open the form in Preview. Open the file in Finder, Ctrl+click the file, select Open With; select Adobe Acrobat.

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 from a traditional on-site 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 who teach online courses report that they not only had a wonderful experience, but also noted an improvement in their on-site courses. When you deliver an online course, you do not change the content, but you do change how you deliver that content and how you interact with your students.

Reasons to consider teaching online:

  • Provide access to non-traditional students
  • Learn online pedagogy
  • Improve pedagogy in on-site (face-to-face) courses
  • Incorporate online resources into all of your courses
  • Learn new, or update current, technology skills
  • Conduct educational research regarding teaching and learning
  • Affords convenience, yet remains challenging and rewarding

Training

If you are interested in teaching online, the campus offers an online learning seminar every semester. The eight-week PTOL course takes you systematically through the design and development phases of creating an online course. Click here to Register for the next available seminar. In addition, go to SUNY News to find other upcoming training opportunities or go to Resources to access online videos, tools, and free web-resources.  For faculty preparing to use Moodle, go to Copyright and Moodle for information.

Moodle and Instructional Design

Find information on the campus LMS at Moodle. Find student information on online learning at Online & Hybrid Courses.