2015 CIT Institute for Summer Online Course Development-Wednesday Cohort

Request for Proposals
Submission Deadline: 11:00PM, November 20, 2014

The Center for Instructional Technology (CIT) is pleased to announce the Request for Proposals for the 2015 CIT Institute for Summer Online Course Development - Wednesday Cohort, to be held in Spring 2015. We invite you to submit applications now through November 20, 2014.

The Wednesday Cohort of 2015 CIT Institute for Summer Online Course Development is a faculty development program conducted by CIT with JMU instructional faculty and professional staff from different departments. The program provides an exciting opportunity for faculty to expand their knowledge and expertise to design, develop and teach online courses that are taught in the summer. Faculty selected to participate in the institute receive a stipend, access to technology resources, and production support.

With two phases, the institute cohort provides a systematic program of training, mentoring, consultation and support for faculty to design and develop at Phase I, and teach summer online courses with reflections as Phase II. At Phase I, the cohort will meet face-to-face or online on every Wednesday between January 28 and March 18 at 8:30-11:30am. Phase I includes approximately 30 hours of face-to-face, online asynchronous and synchronous learning, discussion, practice and production. In a peer learning and networking environment, participants will explore best practices in online teaching through attending and reflecting on presentations, practice with technologies, make pedagogical selection of technologies through consultation with mentors and CIT instructional technologists, and build course content. During Phase II, faculty participants will implement online teaching with CIT and L&ET supporting resources and services, and reflect the connection between the institute and teaching after the course has been taught online, to provide feedback for the assessment of CIT institutes.

At the completion of institute cohort, participating faculty will be able to:
• provide an effective course overview and introduction for an online course;
• state measurable course learning objectives;
• create an assessment plan that is aligned with the course objectives;
• integrate instructional materials and resources that support the course learning objectives;
• integrate learning components and communication strategies to engage learners;
• select current and appropriate technologies that support online teaching and learning activities;
• demonstrate technology skills for developing and teaching an online course;
• provide information and links for student resources and services to support learning (library resources, technology tutorials, Canvas support, etc.);
• integrate course components that meet accessibility standards and diverse needs of learners;
• identify resources and services at JMU that support the design, development, implementation and evaluation of online courses;
• reflect and practice principles and best practices of online learning through discussion with fellow colleagues.

Participation in Two Institute Phases:

At Phase I of the institute cohort, faculty participants will be expected to:
• Receive approval from their academic unit head and college dean to teach online course(s) during the summer of 2015;
• Participate in all face-to-face, online asynchronous and synchronous sessions at 8:30-11:30am between January 28 and March 18;
• Learn and practice online teaching for about 8-10 floating hours between January 28 and March 18, 2015;
• Develop an online course and teach it during a 2015 summer session and teach the same course again during the summer session of the next academic year or during a subsequent summer session to be determined by the faculty member and his/her academic unit or program;
• Present the to-be-taught summer online course, related development plan and needs of support at the end of the institute Phase I.

At Phase II of the institute cohort, faculty participants will:
• Submit their syllabi of the online courses taught during the summer;
• Complete a CIT post-course survey;
• Participate in a reflection session hosted by CIT;
• Showcase the results of their work in future CIT events.

CIT staff will provide production support for the design and development of online courses. Faculty will be compensated for teaching their online summer courses by their academic units in accordance with standard policies and procedures for summer teaching.

The faculty member’s academic unit or program is responsible for scheduling their online course in MyMadison and for setting minimum and maximum enrollments.

Upon the completion of both phases of the cohort, faculty will receive a $2,000 professional development stipend for their participation (Phase I stipend- $1750 and Phase II stipend- $250).

Application Submission Procedure & Timeline:

1. Faculty applicants complete and submit the proposals for 2014 CIT Institute for Online Summer Course Development online at 2015 CIT Institutes for Summer Online Course Development - RFP Form (Click the link to open the RFP form in a new window and find more details about the proposal review criteria.), due 11:00PM, EST, November 20, 2014.
2. Accepted applicants will be notified by Thursday, December 11, 2014.
3. Accepted applicants bring a copy of the “Statement of Support” to i) your academic unit head or program director and ii) Dean for their signatures. If you are proposing to develop a General Education course, you will also need the signature of the Associate Vice Provost, University Programs. Click to download and print the Statement of Support.
4. Accepted applicants submit the “Statement of Support” with appropriate signatures to the CIT, by 5:00PM, January 23, 2015.

Selection Criteria:

The Selection Committee is comprised of faculty from the CIT’s Faculty Development Program and instructional faculty from other JMU departments. The committee will conduct a blind review of all proposals in December 2014. Proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
• Thoroughness and relevance of the response to each question;
• Quality of the application, e.g. focused and well-organized;
• Impact of the proposal on meeting curricular needs;
• Applicant’s interest and commitment to online teaching;
• Potential to benefit the quality of teaching and learning in the applicant’s department;
• Support from the applicant’s department and college;
• Commitment to the time and professional development goals in the institute.

If you have any questions about the CIT Institute for Online Summer Course Development - Wednesday Cohort, please contact:
Juhong Christie Liu, Ph.D., Instructional Technologist
Center for Instructional Technology
MSC 4602, Rose Library 568-2381

For CIT Institute for Summer OnlineCourse Development - General Information, please contact:
Andrea Adams, Director of Faculty Development & E-learning Programs
Center for Instructional Technology
MSC 1702, Carrier Library 568‐6568