TO: CUNY Chief Academic Officers
FROM: Executive Vice Chancellor Selma Botman
DATE: January 11, 2006
SUBJECT: Call for Participation in new Sloan grant for CUNY Online
Please respond by 4/10/06
In the coming academic year, The City University of New York will add four more fields to the creation of
discipline-focused resource sites for online teaching. Supported by a multiyear grant from the Alfred P. Sloan
Foundation for expanding the work of CUNY Online, we have so far created such sites for the humanities, the
social sciences, composition/communication, and computer science and web design. Our goal is ultimately to
develop a dozen discipline-based communities around online instruction, allowing work to be shared across the
campuses of the University.
This is a call for participation for faculty from your college to join in developing resource sites in
education, nursing/health sciences, business/management/marketing, and mathematics. Each successful
nominee will get 3 credit-hours of grant-funded released time (or an equivalent stipend) to develop and model
an online course, work that will also contribute to a website housing shared resources for instruction in the
focused discipline. The website will include online instructional materials, linked collections, research
activities, critical thinking exercises, writing/research assignments, and ongoing discussions.
After the initial term of development (Fall 2006), ongoing support (the equivalent of one course release spread
over two subsequent terms) will need to be provided to these faculty by their campuses. Nominations must be
made with this in mind. This support will allow them to carry out their mentoring work in the community site
and on their campuses.
Faculty participants may choose to design and model either a hybrid course (in which fully half of the
coursework is conducted online) or an asynchronous course (in which all or almost all the course work
conducted online). There will be no difference in levels of support for these choices.
Because proposed participants will mentor and instigate further work with online instruction at their campus and
in their discipline, the nomination of faculty who have some experience with online learning is encouraged.
Please use the accompanying forms, submitting them to Professor George Otte, CUNY's Director of
Instructional Technology and the immediate supervisor of CUNY Online, by April 10, 2006. Questions should
also be directed to Professor Otte. Thank you.
CUNY ONLINE: CAMPUS FACULTY/COURSE DEVELOPMENT PROPOSAL
PLEASE RESPOND BY April 10, 2006
ADDRESS RESPONSES TO:
George Otte, Director of Instructional Technology, CUNY
555 West 57th Street, New York, NY 10019
Phone/Voicemail: 212 541-0411 Fax: -0198
CHIEF ACADEMIC OFFICER:
CAMPUS CONTACT: PHONE:
E-MAIL ADDRESS: FAX:
Nomination of Participants:
Please attach a list of your campus's nominations to serve as participants in the Sloan-funded grant
activity for Fall 2006.
In identifying participants and courses they will be developing, you should also address:
1. Faculty readiness to develop and offer online courses,
2. Importance of these courses to an online program (including likelihood of adequate enrollment,
3. Interest in online instruction within participating faculty's programs/departments (including,
minimally, departmental sanctioning of released time for each proposed participant),
4. Extent to which the proposed courses could contribute to University-wide online instruction (in
terms of curricular leadership, the development and sharing of instructional resources) ,
5. Support for pedagogically appropriate class sizes, and
6. Appropriate technical support
N.B. Each nominee must have the sanction of whoever is responsible for that person's work schedule.
PLEASE GIVE THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION FOR EACH PROPOSED PARTICIPANT
Course Number & Title:
Faculty Member: Discipline:
Faculty member's readiness to offer online instruction as indicated by familiarity with
____Online resources and research ____Computer classrooms ____Web design
____Online discussion ____Web-enhanced instruction ____Previous faculty development
____Previous online instruction ____Multimedia work [check all that apply]
Comments on readiness (elaborating or adding to any of the above):
Type of Course: ____Hybrid (50% online) ____Asynchronous (fully online)
Program/Level: Graduate____ Undergraduate lower division_____ Remedial/non-credit____
Undergraduate upper division_____
Course's potential contribution to exemplifying possibilities for online instruction within
this particular field or discipline: