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.

Prior Experience Policy

Faculty who hold certification or verification from another higher education institution can be verified to teach online or hybrid formats at New Paltz with documentation. Valid documentation includes a dated certificate verifying completion of development or a letter attesting to successful online teaching from the Educational Technology Coordinator or Department Chair.

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; webforms must be completed one month prior to the deadline for uploading required materials. (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, all deadlines for this process 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.

Important Deadlines 

Proposed Semester Workflow submitted Required Materials Uploaded*
For Summer offerings January 1 February 1
For Fall offerings February 1 March 1
For Spring offerings September 1 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

Policy for new faculty with no online teaching experience who have missed the development deadline

  1. New faculty secure development through recognized agency such as Educause, Sloan or Quality Matters or the department can provide a suitable mentor.
  2. TLC will be contacted by the department chair and outline the development plan.
  3. TLC will set up a Blackboard development site.
  4. The new faculty will develop the course, teach it and follow the “closing the loop” process following the online faculty development procedure.
How is the Process Completed?

Uploaded course material will be reviewed and, when appropriate, you will be granted provisional approval to teach your online/hybrid course. After you’ve done so, you will complete the development process by reporting on the experience and “closing the instructional loop;” this may be accomplished through 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

An award of $1,500 is associated with completion of the verification process, with partial payment (25%, or $375) upon confirmation of provisional approval and the balance (75%, or $1,125) upon confirmation of “closing the loop,” at which time you will receive a certificate verifying your readiness for online/hybrid instruction. Please note: To receive either portion of the $1500 award, a faculty member must be on the payroll at the time of payment. Faculty who complete the verification process agree to teach online or hybrid a second time within two years.

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