DE Course Proposal: Guidelines and Examples The following is suggested as a starting point for the kind of material you'll need to complete the Distance Education Proposal form located in the forms section of the curriculum database system available when a new course version is created to update an existing course or to create a new course. However, keep in mind that you may need to adapt and expand this text according to your needs and the official Course Outline of Record (COR) for your class. Also, remember that the DE Proposal sets the overall parameters for ALL instructors who will be teaching this course online. Therefore, you should be specific but flexible. For example, don't say something like "All lecture will be provided in text format." Instead, write something like "Instructors can deliver lectures in text format, as audio files, and/or as online video." II.1: How method of delivery meets goals Explain how the nature and subject matter of this course make it a viable candidate for distance education. That is, explain how the online version of the course will benefit students and meet college goals. Examples: Allows access for students who are unable to attend traditional day or evening classes Provides more sections of a high demand course Gives students more flexibility when the schedule has been impacted by budget cuts II.2: How topics and scope will be met In this section, proposers should provide evidence of direct instruction in the DE mode beyond the student reviewing the reading assignments. Examples: Where student learning outcomes (SLOs) from the COR are posted. How course expectations addressing student responsibilities for participation, assignment requirements, assignment due dates, and behavior are provided. Where textbook or instructional materials required to complete the course requirements are clearly specified. How webpages with text, images, audio, video, and/or other media as appropriate provide objectives, concepts, and ideas to specifically address the topics and scope in the course outline of record (COR). II.3: How to ensure and assess outcomes and objectives Explain how students in DE sections will complete similar assignments as students in face- to-face sections. Examples: How practice exercises, quizzes, tests, and exams as specified in the COR will be conducted through online technology. How written homework and other written assignments will be submitted and reviewed II.4: How instructor and student contact is maintained Check off the areas through which students and instructors will communicate. Give examples and descriptions for each mode specified in the table. Examples: Instructor response time to student communications for the DE section. Frequency of instructor and student contact will be maintained via class email and/or message boards with threaded discussion. Frequency of student participation in class discussion. Frequency that instructor monitors and/or contributes to discussions. Degree of participation through one-to-one email, class Chat Room, instant messaging, and telephone. Use of audio and/or video communication, face-to-face meetings, or another mode of communication. Optional orientations and/or review sessions for students that can be held in person or via electronic mediation. II.5: How student-to-student interaction is promoted and maintained Complete the form with examples and descriptions-be specific. Examples: Frequency of student interaction with each other through via class email and/or message board with threaded discussion. Options for students to communicate via one-to-one email, class Chat Room, instant messaging, and telephone. Option for instructor to assign students to online collaborative work groups. Option for instructor to encourage students to voluntarily attend face-to-face study sessions. II.6: What type of orientation or preparation will be provided Explain options for supporting students who are unfamiliar with online classes. Examples: Course homepage recommends that any student unfamiliar with taking classes in an online environment take CSKLS 334, How to Take an Online Class. Instructor may conduct an optional orientation in person or via electronic mediation, or offer a survey of skills that enables student to self-assess their distance education abilities. Item 7: What technical qualifications support this course Explain whether the course can be taught using the standard features of SRJC's CATE or Moodle courseware package. Include, if appropriate, that there are no unusual technical resources required for delivering this course via DE.
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