Proposals Being Sought for New Online Course Offerings
The department is soliciting proposal submissions from UA instructors who are interested in learning how to design an online course, with plans to administer enough grants to fund at least 30 new online or hybrid courses. The money will come mainly from the latest increase in student IT fees, which took effect this semester. The submission deadline is 5 p.m. Oct. 31.
Running an online or hybrid class is more than just dumping all the course materials online, said Debra Tomanek, assistant vice provost for instruction and assessment.
It's easy for faculty members in traditional courses to rely mainly on lectures, she said.
"(Online teaching) pushes professors to create more learning activities that students can complete outside of lectures," she said. "That's better for learning, and it's a better model of teaching. What we're prepared to do is help them build these things into their courses."
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