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Enhancement Menu and COMAR Regulations

Faculty must choose one or more of the options listed in the Fulton Curriculum Reform Course Enhancement Menu, which appears below and elsewhere on the reform/new course model Web site:

One-credit Course Enhancements:

1. Increased course content and/or collateral readings (e.g., more primary, secondary and/or supplemental readings).

2. Undergraduate Research and Information Literacy (e.g., assignments that fulfill department programmatic approaches to undergraduate research and information literacy, systematically building students’ research and writing skills throughout their majors).

3. Technology (e.g., instructor-developed content, commercially developed course packs, digital audio—such as podcasting—video demonstrations, chat rooms, course blogs, individual WebCT tutoring, teleconferences with students at other campuses or international groups, field research, student-authored independent research).

4. Higher Level Critical Thinking Exercises (e.g., assignments that specifically develop analysis, synthesis and evaluation, as opposed to lower-level critical thinking exercises that target knowledge, comprehension and application).

5. Service Learning/Civic Engagement (e.g., assignments which place students in leadership positions to conceive of and implement programs that they know will benefit others; assignments which will involve students in developing good civic dispositions, as suggested in the 2006 Middle States Report).

6. International Education/Cultural Enrichment (e.g., spring break study/experience abroad, museum visits, cultural experiences within our geographical area).

7. Additional hour(s) in class, lab or studio.

The Menu cannot be read, however, nor can one consider which option(s) to choose, without also considering the State of Maryland COMAR regulations that determine how much student work/time is required in order to equal one additional credit hour for your course. Those student work/time requirements, as they correspond to each Enhancement Menu Option, are listed below. Keep in mind that the “Requirements” column speaks of the student work/time required for one credit, so this work/time must be above and beyond what you would currently require in the 3-credit version of your course. In all but the last two categories listed below (additional class, lab or studio time), the “additional hours” are out-of-class hours (notice that Technology lists no particular timeframe; Technology is most often employed as a vehicle for execution of one of the other enhancement options).

Enhancement

COMAR Regulation

Requirements

Increased course content and/or collateral readings (.16.C.1.c.) Additional 45 hours per semester of supervised, documented learning.
Undergraduate Research and Information Literacy (.16.C.1.c. and/or d.) Additional 45 hours per semester of supervised, documented learning and/or supervised instruction and documented learning through appropriate technology mediums.
Technology (.16.C.1.d.) Supervised instruction and documented learning through appropriate technology mediums.
Higher Level Critical Thinking Exercises (analysis, synthesis and evaluation) (.16.C.1.c. and/or d.) Additional 45 hours per semester of supervised, documented learning and/or supervised instruction and documented learning through appropriate technology mediums.
Service Learning/Civic Engagement (.16.C.1.c.) Additional 45 hours per semester of supervised, documented learning.
International Education/Cultural Enrichment (.16.C.1.c.) Additional 45 hours per semester of supervised, documented learning.
Additional hour(s) in class (.16.C.1.a.) Additional 15 hours per semester of supervised, documented learning.
Additional hour(s) in lab or studio (.16.C.1.b.) Additional 30 hours per semester of supervised, documented learning.