2017 Spring Institute for Summer Online Course Development

Request for Proposals
Submission Deadline: 5:00PM, Monday, February 6, 2017

The Innovation Services (IS) in the Libraries and Educational Technologies (LET) (formerly known as CIT) is pleased to announce the Request for Proposals for the 2017 Institute for Online Summer Course Development, to be held in Spring 2017. 

  • Thursday Cohort: February 23 to April 13 from 12:30 - 3:30 pm
  • Friday Cohort: February 24 to April 14 from 8:30 to 11:30 am

Find more information about the institute and APPLY HERE.

The institute, conducted by Innovation Services 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 summer 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. During Phase I, each cohort will meet every week. The Thursday cohort will meet weekly from February 23 to April 13 from 12:30 - 3:30 pm. The Friday cohort will meet weekly from February 24 to April 14 from 8:30 to 11:30 am. 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 Innovation Services instructional designers to build their courses. 

In Phase 1, participants will be required to:

  • Participate and complete face-to-face and online institute activities and projects.
  • Develop an online course that a faculty member’s Academic Unit Head (AUH) has approved to be scheduled/offered in the summer of 2017.
  • Present their online courses and additional development plans at the end of Phase 1.

Phase 2 includes teaching the course in the summer of 2017. Then, immediately afterward, faculty participants will be required to:

  • Submit their online course syllabi;
  • Complete a post-course survey;
  • Participate in a reflection session (tentative);
  • Showcase the results of their work in future Innovation Services events.

Innovation Services faculty and 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 on e-campus and for setting minimum and maximum enrollments. The “statement of support” (below) is meant to guarantee that the course is offered/scheduled, but not that it will be guaranteed to make (for instance, low enrollment can be a cause for canceling the course).

Faculty will receive a $1,750 professional development stipend upon the completion of both phases of the cohort (Phase 1 stipend- $1200 and Phase 2 stipend- $550).

Submission Procedure:

1.    Complete and submit the 2017 Institute for Online Summer Course Development application form online at Deadline: 5pm, Monday, February 6
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. .
3.    Submit the "Statement of Support" with appropriate signatures to the Innovation Services by February 6, 2017 at 5 p.m.

Accepted applicants will be notified soon after the review is processed.

Selection Criteria:
The Selection Committee is comprised of faculty and faculty associates from Innovation Services. The committee will conduct a blind review of all proposals in February.

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 in 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 requirements and professional development goals for the institute.

If you have any questions about the Friday Cohort, please contact:
Juhong Christie Liu, Ph.D.
Senior Instructional Designer
Innovation Services
MSC 4602, Rose Library

If you have any questions about the Thursday cohort, please contact:
Shenghua Zha, Ph.D.
Senior Instructional Designer
Innovation Services
MSC 4602, Rose Library

Innovation Services Institute for Online Summer Course Development - General Information:
Andrea Adams
Associate Dean of Libraries and Educational Technologies
MSC 4602, Carrier Library