Majority Online Courses
Obtaining approval to teach a majority online course at UMW (that is, a course which is 50% or more online) is a two step process:
- You must submit (via the CIM system) a signed majority online course proposal to the Distance & Blended Learning Committee.
- Once the online course proposal is approved by the Distance & Blended Learning Committee, you must submit a signed Online Course Authorization Form
Majority Online Course Forms
Please complete the proposal using the CIM system. The proposal consists of three parts:
Part 1: Instructor Preparation (discussion of applicant’s experience and training relevant to online teaching)
Part 2: Proposed Online Course Information, which includes the following questions:
- Describe how your course will incorporate the practices of a liberal arts pedagogy. Address issues such as community, interactivity, active learning, reflection, service, inclusivity, accessibility, etc.
- Briefly describe the online environment that you imagine for the class. Where will your course live? How will your students engage with it? How do you plan to use tools such as Domain of One’s Own, Canvas, Open Educational Resources, etc.? What other tools will you use? (Have you considered whether how the tools you are using meet the accessibility needs of students?)
- How will you engage students and/or build community? How will you welcome students into your course? How will you support students struggling with technical issues or with the complications of learning at a distance? How do you plan to incorporate accessibility into your course (e.g., supporting students with visual impairments, hearing impairments, learning disabilities, neurodiversity, etc.)?
- What kinds of assessments will be included in your course? (Self-assessment, peer-assessment, rubrics, contract grading, collaborative work)? How will you adapt your assessment approach to an online environment?
Part 3: Course Online (a 2-page course outline for the majority online course you are proposing including a description, learning outcomes, major assignments, basic structure, and any other components that will be unique to the online version of your course.)
Suggestions for Completing the Majority Online Course Proposal and Syllabus
- Suggestions for Developing Your Online Course (PDF)
- Student Support Services: Information for Your Online Syllabus The Distance and Blended Learning Committee is pleased to offer faculty this resource to add to their online-course syllabi. Here you will find a description of the student resources available at UMW. The committee encourages you to simply copy/past this information into your syllabi.
Majority Online Programs