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Interested in Teaching Online at UMass Dartmouth?

There is a distinct difference between the instructional approach used in face-to-face classes versus having to facilitate instruction in an online course environment. Recognizing these differences and reformulating how to deliver content, while engaging learners virtually, is essential to online teaching and learning.

If your Department Chair and University Extension have determined the need for you to develop and teach an online course, then you are required to complete the Online Teaching and Learning Strategies course as well as engage in the Quality Online Course Review process prior to the start of your online course. Both the online training and the course review process will assist you as you prepare your online course. However, if you are simply interested in teaching online and would just like to learn more, you are welcome to participate in our Online Teaching and Learning Strategies course too!

2016-2017 Schedule

Visit our Workshops & Events page for registration details.

*Please note that if your needs fall outside of the session schedules posted, you can contact Instructional Development directly at any time to discuss potential options.

What is the Quality Online Course Review Rubric?

UMass Dartmouth has established the Quality Online Course Review Rubric to ensure consistency and quality course design in newly developed online courses. This rubric is modeled from the Quality Matters Rubric. Quality Matters is a nationally recognized, faculty-centered, peer review process designed to certify the quality of online courses. The Quality Online Course Review Rubric, in particular, is recommended for individual faculty and departmental use to review fully online myCourses sites.

This rubric is not attached to faculty review processes in anyway.

Why is the Quality Online Course Review Rubric Important?

Based upon the Faculty Senate recommended “Best Practices in Web-Enhanced, Blended, and Online Teaching” guidelines, the rubric is utilized as a tool to assess how core best practices are being followed to ensure an effective learning experience for students. The rubric is formative rather than evaluative. The overall goal is to engage in a collaborative conversation regarding a course site and to assist with ongoing revisions and improvements to the course design and execution. Below are videos from a virtual lesson in our Online Teaching and Learning Strategies course that explain the Quality Online Course Review Rubric criteria a bit more. 

How Does the Review Process Work?

When at least 50% of your contracted new online course development is ready for review, at least three weeks prior to the start of your course, please email Shannon Jenkins (shannon.jenkins@umassd.edu) and Rachel Rebello (rrebello@umassd.edu) to initiate the course review process. Pending your email, an Instructional Designer and the Online Program Coordinator relevant to your department will review your course using the Quality Online Course Review Rubric. Each component and instructional strategy of your newly developed course will be cross checked with the rubric criteria to ensure a quality online learning experience for our students. Feedback received during the review process is provided to you electronically to help you implement any changes that may be necessary prior to the start of the course.

Online Program Coordinators

If you are interested in teaching online, we encourage you to reach out to your colleagues for their seasoned perspective. Consider speaking with folks in a related department who may have experience teaching an online course. Would they do it again? What was were some of the differences engaging with online learners versus face-to-face learners? Contacting your Department Chair or your Online Program Coordinator is a great place to start!

Department Online Program Coordinator Online Program Coordinator
Decision and Information Sciences Laura Forker
Liberal Arts Keota Fields
Masters of Business Administration Gopala Vasudevan
Masters of Computer & Information Science
Masters of Public Policy Nick Anguelov
Political Science Peter Sandby-Thomas
Women and Gender Studies Catherine Gardner

Tips and Tools for Successfully Teaching Online

The following resources will help you work through the process of successfully designing your course for the online environment and maintaining academic integrity in your online course.

Contact the ID Team today with any questions you may have about getting started with teaching online. We look forward to working with you!