Online/Hybrid Course Development Workshops and Grants

Online/Hybrid Course Development Workshops and Grants

In Corporation with the Center for Teaching Excellence and Academic Technology, the Provost’s Office is pleased to announce the third annual Online/Hybrid Course Development Workshops and Grants. The Online/Hybrid Workshops and Grants are one of a variety of faculty development program around online and hybrid teaching recommended by the Technology-Enhanced Learning Implementation Group.

Online/Hybrid Course Development Workshops will consist of four full-day workshops from Tuesday 5/29 - Friday 6/1 (9:00 am – 5:00 pm, with an hour break for lunch) in the Technology Enhanced Classroom in the Life Sciences Building (LSB 330). Workshops are open to all interested LMU faculty, regardless of status. There are also grants available for full-time, tenure-line and clinical faculty to support their participation in the workshops.

Workshops are hands-on opportunities for faculty members:

  • Explore and discuss online and hybrid course design, taking into consideration the many particularities of online teaching;
  • To explore and discuss different online and hybrid pedagogies, in particular around how to create an interactive learning environment for students and to design appropriate activities, assignments, and projects for online/hybrid settings, with reference to models and case studies from a variety of disciplines.
  • To learn about and try our different technologies;
  • To be inspired by their colleagues’ experiences, ideas, and feedback; and
  • To work on developing their own ideas for online/hybrid teaching.

Faculty members will be asked to come with ideas for specific online/hybrid courses and any materials that they may have already developed.

Workshops Schedule & Descriptions

Faculty members are strongly encouraged to attend all four workshops, as each day will focus on a particular issue related to online/hybrid learning, all of which are vital for a successful online/hybrid course.

 Tentative Schedule 
DateTimeWorkshop Title & Description
5/29/18 9:00am–5:00pm

Morning session: What Works and What Doesn’t in Online/Hybrid Teaching
This workshop will present an overview of online/hybrid best practices that can promote successful learning experiences, including planning and management, teaching techniques, and assessing and evaluating students.

Afternoon session: Architecture and Structure
This workshop will examine the organization of online/hybrid learning. Participants will apply organizational principles to the development of their own online/hybrid content.

5/30/18 9:00am–5:00 pm

Morning session: Course Design
This workshop will walk participants through the design of a course irrespective of mode of delivery (e.g., face-to-face, online/hybrid). Key elements to be considered include identifying desired learning outcomes, determining evidence of meeting those outcomes, and planning learning experiences and instruction accordingly.

Afternoon session: Mapping of Course Design to Relevant Technologies
This workshop will explore an array of technology tools which can be used to facilitate the success of many aspects of course operation, and will also provide hands-on instruction in how they work.

5/31/18 9:00am–5:00pm Communications & Student Engagement
This workshop will examine the role of communications in teaching and modes of student learning. There will be a focus on how to develop interactive communication opportunities in online/hybrid courses, both between students and the instructor, and among students. Participants will have the opportunity to develop their own engagement strategies and assignments.
6/01/18 9:00am–5:00pm Workshop Participants Showcase
Reflecting on what they have learned during the week, participants will showcase an initial plan for an online/hybrid course(s) they plan to teach, including relevant assignments and demonstrations of technologies they will employ.

Breakfast, lunch and refreshments will be provided. Breakfast will be available at 8:30 am. Lunch will be available for workshop participants from 12:00 – 1:00 pm on all four days.

Workshops will include a variety of activities, including discussions or pedagogy, examples of technology, hands-on work, and so on. It is expected and strongly encouraged that participants in the full-day workshops stay for the entire day. Participants may come for a half-day by arrangement with the organizers; please contact Martina Ramirez if you are unable to commit for the full-day but want to attend the morning or afternoon session.

Online/Hybrid Course Development Grants

Full-time, tenure-line and clinical faculty are eligible to apply for grants to enable them to combine participation in the workshops with work towards the development of a new online/hybrid course. Faculty members can only receive grants to support the development of new online/hybrid courses or the transformation of an existing non-online/hybrid course into an online/hybrid modality.

To receive a grant, a faculty member must:

  1. Submit an application in which the faculty member identifies a course to develop as or transform into an online/hybrid course;
  2. Participate in at least 2 of the workshops (faculty members are strongly encouraged to participate in all 4 workshops); and
  3. Submit a final report and a draft course syllabus by Friday, 14 September 2018.

Grant recipients receive $375 for participation in each of the full-day workshops. Upon satisfactory completion of all requirements, including the final report and draft syllabus, grant recipients receive a final additional pay of $500.00. Payment for workshop participation will be made in the summer following completion of the workshops, while the final $500 is issued only after the satisfactory completion of the final report and draft syllabus. Payments are made as supplementary taxable payments.

Possible grant awards thus vary, as follows:
$875 = $375 (1 Full-day workshop) + $500
$1250 = $750 (2 Full-day workshops) + $500
$1625 = $1125 (3 Full-day workshops) + $500
$2000 = $1500 (4 Full-day workshops) + $500

For faculty unable to participate in a full-day workshop, there is the possibility of a partial stipend ($200) for participation in either the morning or afternoon session by special arrangement and in extraordinary cases, please contact Martina Ramirez for more information.

Grant Application

To apply for an Online/Hybrid Course Development Grant, please complete the application form; be sure to download the form here, then complete it and save it under a new name. Faculty should submit their completed applications to Martina Ramirez by Friday, April 6th cc’ing their Chairs/Program Directors and Deans (or appropriate Associate Dean). Applicants should discuss their grant applications and course idea with their Chairs/Program Directors before applying. Chair/Program Director and Deal approval is required (by email) before the application will be considered.

Final Report & Draft Syllabus

To receive the last installment of your grant ($500), you must submit a final report and draft syllabus by Friday, 14 September 2018. Final reports should be submitted as .PDF to Martina Ramirez and should include the following information.

  1. Applicant information: name, department/program, and college/school;
  2. Course information: Title, type of course (lower-division/upper-division, Core, Major requirement, study abroad, etc.) projected semester to be taught, type of online/hybrid modality (fully online/high-hybrid/low-hybrid) course;
  3. An updated short description of the topic and objectives of the course;
  4. A short description of the workshops attended and how they informed your course design;
  5. A discussion of the particulars of the course as an online/hybrid course, including how much of the course will be online/digital, the pedagogies approaches to be employed, the technologies to be used, and so on.
  6. A copy of the draft syllabus for the course (this has to be a complete, carefully developed, and implementable version of the syllabus, on that accounts for the specific online/hybrid nature of the course).

After submission, the final report and draft syllabus will be made available online to the LMU community. It is also expected that grant recipients will submit a formal course proposal once the online/hybrid course approvals processes are in place.