2016 Fall Institute for Online Course Development

Request for Proposals
Submission Deadline: 5:00PM, Thursday, September 8, 2016

JMU Libraries and Educational Technologies (LET) is pleased to announce the Request for Proposals of the 2016 Fall Institute for Online Course Development, to be held from October 6 to November 17 at 1:30 - 4:30 pm.

The institute, conducted by our staff with participating JMU faculty and in collaboration with different departments, provides an exciting opportunity for teachers to expand their knowledge and expertise to design, develop, and teach online courses. Faculty selected to participate in the institute receive a stipend, access to technology resources, and production support.

The institute consists of two phases, with Phase I focusing on design, practice, and development and Phase II on implementation and reflection. At Phase I, each cohort will meet face-to-face or online synchronously every week. Participants are expected to spend approximately 30 hours in total on learning, discussion, reflection, practice, and production. In addition, they will consult with mentors and our instructional designers to build their courses. In Phase 1, participants will be required to:

  • participate in and complete face-to-face and online institute activities and projects;
  • develop an online course to be taught in two sessions, beginning with the 2017 spring session and, additionally, at least one session thereafter within the next two years to be determined by the faculty member and your academic unit head or program director; and
  • present their online courses and additional development plans during Phase 1.

Phase 2 occurs immediately after faculty participants teach their online courses. In this phase, faculty participants will be required to:

  • submit your online course syllabi;
  • complete a post-course survey;
  • participate in a reflection session ; and
  • showcase the results of their work in future LET events.

LET staff will provide production support for the design and development of online courses. 
The faculty member's academic unit or program is responsible for scheduling their online course on e-campus and for setting minimum and maximum enrollments.

Upon the completion of each phase, faculty will receive a professional development stipend for their participation, with contingency upon the satisfactory fulfillment of institute expectations. 

Submission Procedure:

  1. Complete and submit the 2016 Fall Institute for Online Course Development application form online at​ Deadline: 5pm, Thursday, September 1.
  2. 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.
  3. Submit the "Statement of Support" with appropriate signatures to us by September 9 at 5 p.m.

Accepted applicants will be notified soon after the review finishes.

Selection Criteria:

The Selection Committee is comprised of faculty from LET staff and instructional faculty from other JMU departments. The committee will conduct a blind review of all proposals soon.

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 instittute, please contact:
Shenghua Zha, Ph.D.
Senior Instructional Designer
Libraries and Educational Technologies
MSC 4602, Rose Library

Institute for Online Course Development - General Information:
Andrea Adams
Associate Dean
Libraries and Educational Technologies
MSC 4602, Rose Library