Faculty Expectations

Level 1

1. Be familiar with basic computer skills, creating and manipulating Word and PDF documents, Internet, and email.

2. Be willing to learn new software applications needed for facilitating online.

3. Read and explore this Manual.

4. Look at online courses of other faculty, visit other institution’s course sites, and find what will work for you.

5. Have a computer, the software needed, and Internet access for interacting with learners off campus.

6. Be familiar with and adhere to the University’s copyright policy. Fair Use copyright law is complex and difficult to describe in one page even. Briefly noted: UNM Learn is best not used as a repository for PDF scans of articles and books you have not obtained copyright clearance for.

7. For copyright purposes, provide a link to textbook publisher resources instead of posting the full content in your course.

Level 2

1. Schedule an appointment with the UNM Taos’ Office of Educational Technology to get oriented to UNM Learn procedures to request web enhancement of a course.

2. Enhance your face to face course first to become acquainted with student needs and issues that will impact your hybrid course.

3. Invest the effort and time needed to develop and facilitate a hybrid course.

4. Have your course design reviewed by the Office of Educational Technology before it is taught for the first time.

5. Actively participate in the online interaction to provide feedback, guidance, or expertise when appropriate. Use students’ names in discussions. This personalizes the course for them.

6. Provide students with timely feedback on assignments and grades as well as responses to questions and requests for assistance. Online learners need feedback more than traditional learners.

7. Provide opportunities during the course for students to give feedback. Encourage students to report dead links, inactive pages, or other malfunctions in the course.

8. Once the course has ended, reflect on the course and make adjustments and improvements to the course design. Provide the Online Coordinator an end-of-course evaluation.

Level 3

1. If it is geographically feasible, have the students meet face-to-face once before the online course begins to give them an orientation to the course and the course management system. For those who will inevitably not be able to attend your face to face session, create a course orientation using the Camtasia application (available for use in Faculty Computing Center) or other screen recording software.

2. In a fully online course, you are no longer the “sage on the stage,” but the “guide on the side.” You are playing more of a facilitator role. Students have more responsibility places on them for their own learning. That’s why online students have to be self-motivated.

Adapted from University of Winthrop’s “Faculty Expectations for Facilitating Online Courses”