Faculty Governance

Online Education Council

The Online Education Council (OEC), a faculty governance committee, is charged with overseeing the development and delivery of all online and hybrid courses and programs (aka "distance delivered" courses).  The committee approves all distance delivered courses, often through an abbreviated curriculum process (See Procedures and Policies below).  In partnership with the Provost Office, the committee ensures that all faculty teaching a distance delivered course has experience and/or training in online pedagogy.  Training is provided through the Pew Faulty Teaching and Learning Center in affiliation with the instructional designers in the office of Information Technology.  A full list of the OEC's responsibilities can be found in the Faculty Handbook at (2.01.4.j).

Policies and Procedures for Online Curriculum Development and Delivery [updated 04 20 15]

The committee encourages faculty to send students to the Online Information for Students, prior to the beginning of the semester, where students can self-assess his or her readiness to take a hybrid or online course.

Faculty Development Opportunities
Several times each semester FTLC offers training on how to engage students in online and hybrid courses, with levels ranging from beginning to advanced.  Please visit the  FTLC website for a complete list of dates and times.

On the recommendation of the OEC, the university has adopted the use of Quality Matters as a mechanism for the development of online and hybrid courses.  The rubric consists of a set of 8 general standards and 41 specific standards used to develop and evaluate the design of courses.  Contact the Pew Faculty Teaching and Learning Center for further information.

     Robert Adams (Chair)
     Maria Cimitile (ex officio)
     Richard Geisel
     Sue Korzinek (ex officio)
     Christine Rener (ex officio)
     Ellen Schiller
     Mark Staves
     Graduate Student Representative


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