Plan of Action for Summer Online
- More effective default Blackboard shell: We have finalized a new shell that aligns with national quality standards for online education and will make the course navigation more intuitive for faculty and students. The new shell for Summer will be available soon.
- A Remote Teaching Checklist to guide faculty in the course design process: We are finalizing a checklist that will cover the fundamentals for faculty to build their online courses. The list is aligned to national quality standards for online education and incorporates feedback from faculty and students about their online teaching and learning experience.
- Remote Teaching Weekly webinars & Q&A sessions:
- We will offer weekly webinars to share resources and practices for quality online teaching to ensure accessibility, student engagement, and practical course management. Webinars will be offered on Tuesdays at 8:15 am through the Zoom platform.
- To reinforce concepts covered in the weekly webinars and support faculty, we will offer Q&A sessions and guide instructors on how to build an online course. These sessions will be offered on Thursdays at 8:15 am through the Zoom platform.
- Please visit the Webinars page for details and register to all webinars and Q&A sessions and to watch the recorded sessions that you might have missed.
- Continuous Improvement surveys: We surveyed students and faculty to collect their feedback and identify areas of action we might not have included in this plan, and that demonstrate to be relevant for student and faculty success.
Summer Online Teaching Incentive
If you are converting your face-to-face course online, or are building a new course, Academic Affairs will offer $1,000 to support instructional faculty in building their course(s) in an online format for the summer term.
To fully qualify for this one-time compensation, the faculty member must:
- Offer their summer term course(s) in an asynchronous modality
- Commit to offering the online course for two more iterations in future terms
- Complete the Quality Matters Training: Applying the Quality Matter Rubric course and Self-assessment Review.
This asynchronous, online training is designed specifically for higher education and focuses on applying the QM Rubric to the design and improvement of online and blended courses. It is a two-week course and requires a time commitment of 8–10 hours per week. There will be no cost to faculty to participate; UTSA will cover all Quality Matters course fees.
START BY TAKING THESE STEPS:
- Create your MyQM account to get started with Quality Matters. Academic Innovation is working with Quality Matters to host dedicated QM sessions for UTSA.
- Complete this short survey to indicate your interest in the APPQMR workshop (aka QM Training).
- Faculty who have completed the Faculty Interest Survey will be registered to the APPQMR workshop starting the week of April 27, and will receive an email notification from Quality Matters. Cohorts have been created on a first come, first served basis based on the survey completion. Academic Innovation is planning cohorts for the APPQMR workshop through the entire summer to accommodate all requests.
Faculty who fulfill these criteria will receive the $1,000 award at the end of the summer term.
Visit the Office of Digital Learning's Quality Matters support page for regular updates.
Additional Support Strategies
- Remote Teaching one-on-one consultations: Faculty can complete this form or send an email to email@example.com to schedule one-on-one consultations with an instructional designer if you need more pedagogical support to enhance student engagement. This approach will also provide additional support to labs, music classes, and other similar courses to problem-solve barriers for teaching online by looking at opportunities, brainstorming creative solutions, and utilizing research from instructional designers and teaching consultants.
- Remote Teaching Webpage: Please bookmark our newly redesigned Remote Teaching Resources page for more details on the Summer Plan, schedule of webinars, and links to other academic innovation resources.