Faculty Development (Online/Hybrid Courses)

The new process, which leads to “verification” of faculty readiness, provides customized support and resources to help faculty prepare a course for delivery in an online or hybrid format.  Faculty readiness must be verified before a course can be scheduled for online/hybrid delivery.

How to Get Started
  1. Identify a course that you would like to teach in online/hybrid format.
  2. Consult your department chair or program director to confirm support for online/hybrid delivery of your chosen course.
  3. Review the information we are providing on this site to learn about your development options and to select the option that best suits your needs.
  4. Go to my.newpaltz.edu (Faculty/Staff Tab >> Faculty Services >> Teaching Menu >> Faculty Development to Teach Online and Hybrid Courses) and complete the “Faculty Development Request” webform. (See below for recommended timing.)
  5. The TLC will contact you to schedule your development and will set up a Blackboard course-development site for you to use in the process.
What is the Recommended Timing?

As part of the faculty-development process, the course you are developing needs to undergo a review by a subcommittee before it can be added to the Schedule of Classes.  As such, the deadlines for uploading the required course materials for review must be taken into consideration as you plan your development schedule (see below for details about the review schedule and required materials).  In addition to this, other factors that may impact your planning schedule include your current workload, whether or not you have taught the course before, and your familiarity with the technology employed in online or hybrid  teaching.

Deadlines for Uploading Required Materials for Review

  • For Summer offerings: required course materials* uploaded by February 1
  • For Fall offerings: required course materials* uploaded by March 1 
  • For Spring offerings: required course material* uploaded by October 1

Required Course Materials for Review

  • Course syllabus with online office hours noted
  • Your semester schedule with specific assignments
  • A welcome announcement and/or a “course map” that describes how the course will be run and where students can find critical information, content, and assignments
  • At least 25% of the course content.  This may include, but is not limited to, some or all of the following:
    • Posting lectures
    • Posting readings, external web-resources, videos, etc
    • Creating assignments
    • Creating discussion/blog/journal/wiki areas
    • Creating tests and quizzes
  • An organized course menu
How is the Process Completed?

Uploaded course material will be reviewed and, when appropriate, you will be granted provisional approval to teach the online/hybrid course.  After doing so, you will be expected to “close the instructional loop” by offering feedback on your experience using one of the following methods:

  • Plan a presentation at the TLC on best practices or lessons learned during your online or hybrid experience
  • Plan to attend a meeting of the CCET and report on your experiences to the committee
  • Submit an email report describing your experiences

When all steps are complete, you will receive a certificate verifying completion of the development process and your readiness to teach online or hybrid courses.  A $1500 award is associated with verification.  Faculty who complete the verification process agree to teach an online or hybrid course a second time within two years.