Commonly asked questions by faculty and academic administrators regarding Online and Hybrid learning at Salisbury University.
Before teaching a hybrid or online course, do I have to go through professional development?
Yes, the online learning policy states that "Faculty must demonstrate the pedagogical, instructional and technological expertise for teaching online courses. They are expected to take advantage of relevant faculty development programs as offered or supported by SU.
Faculty are expected to take the Soaring with Online Learning Faculty Development Programprior to teaching an online or hybrid course. Faculty new to Salisbury University who can demonstrate this expertise will be exempted from this program.
What is the recommended enrollment size for an online course?
As with any course at the university, the enrollment size of an online course is determined by the academic department or program. For faculty teaching online for the first time, it is recommended that number of students be smaller than the traditional classroom in order to manage the volume of interaction in the course (especially discussions). This range has been anywhere from 15 - 25 students.
Once a faculty member teaches a course once, enrollment for subsequent online courses should be discussed with the department chairperson or academic program director.
What constitutes as student attendance in an online course?
Student attendance is determined by entering the course within MyClasses and engaging in an academically related activity. Examples of such activity include but are not limited to: review of syllabus and course materials; contributing to an online discussion; submitting an assignment or working draft; taking an assessment; initiating contact with a faculty member to ask a course-related question.
Such activities are readily tracked and document through the MyClasses learning management system, email system and in some cases publisher websites.