Online Education

FAQ

The Center for Online Education has put together this FAQ document to help answer some frequently asked questions involving the various topics below. We will continually add to this list as questions arise.

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Course Development

  1. Courses are considered hybrid if seat time is replaced by online meetings or content.
  2.  Courses must appear in WebAdvisor as hybrids.
  3. If the course is hybrid, meeting times must be listed in WebAdvisor.
  4. If there are synchronous sessions, they must be listed a meeting times.
  5. The Office of the Registrar and the Center for Online Education must be notified if courses are going to be in a hybrid format.
  6.  Significant portions of the learning are delivered both face-to-face and online.
  7. Face-to-Face meetings may include, but are not limited to lectures, active learning sessions, student-centered discussion, group work projects, presentations, posters, demonstrations, performance art, movies, laboratory experiences and assessments.
  8. All hybrids must have an instructor self-introduction.
  9. 25 – 75 percent of the course occurs face-to-face.
  10. Some intensive are considered hybrids

COE 102 was designed for faculty who are designing an online or hybrid courses for the first time with North Park University.  This course will help you to design a hybrid or online course which includes writing learning objectives, developing assessments, developing instructional materials, designing learner interaction, selecting appropriate course technology, and adding learner support, accessibility and usability. In the COE 102, you will be supported by a peer mentor, course developer and an instructional designer.  All courses that are developed in the COE 102 goes through a quality assurance process (Quality Matters) before delivered online students.

COE 102 Mock was designed for instructors who are curious about course design and development. The mock course was also designed to get faculty familiar with what to expect in the upcoming COE 102.  Because the course was designed for observation purposes only, there are no interactions with other faculty, peer mentors, course developers or course facilitators. You are not required to submit any assignments in this mock course.

Faculty who have never developed an online or hybrid course with COE.

Yes, the instructional design specialist will e-mail you a registration form 1 month before the course begins, once you are registered, COE will also e-mail you a course development agreement document, which you will complete and submit to COE. 

Start gathering and organizing your course content. These include learning objectives, assessments, instructional materials, course activities, technology/tools. Contact COE and ask to be enrolled in COE 102 Mock course.  Enroll in Canvas 101F (should be on your dashboard)

Nursing faculty who have designed a course that has met QM expectations, and are now designing a course using course cartridges like Jones and Bartlet.

COE 103 was designed for instructors who have designed and developed an online or hybrid course in the past that went through the QM process and met QM expectations.  The course is self-paced. Like COE 102, COE 103 will help you to design a hybrid or online course which includes writing learning objectives, developing assessments, developing instructional materials, designing learner interaction, selecting appropriate course technology, and adding learner support, accessibility and usability. In the COE 103, you can decide whether you need a mentor or course development support.  All courses that are developed in the COE 103 goes through a quality assurance process (Quality Matters) before delivered online students.

Faculty developer can be enrolled in COE 103 Online Course Development (Self-paced) Course.  To be enrolled in COE 103:

  1. Faculty developer must have developed a course in the past that met QM expectations.
  2. Faculty developer must have developed at least one QM aligned course at North Park University.

You will be assisted by a peer mentor, course developer, instructional technologist and an instructional designer.

Yes. The course developer can assist you with adding content to your course

Yes. You will be required to attend a pre-course development meeting with the peer mentor, instructional designer to share your vision for your course, discuss COE 102 expectations and generally to ask any questions you may have about the course development process.

Yes. Faculty are compensated for developing online and hybrid courses.  Please check with COE for information about compensations. 

The Center for Online Education has a two-term policy that stipulates that all online and hybrid courses must be developed at least two semesters before the course is delivered to students.

The time taken to develop a course varies, but most faculty developers can approximately 6 weeks.

Quality Matters Review Process

Quality Matters (QM) is a nationally recognized, faculty-centered, peer review process designed to certify the quality of online and hybrid courses. With approximately 600 current subscribers ranging from four-year colleges and universities, technical colleges, community colleges, to other academic organizations, QM is the leading provider of tools and processes used to evaluate quality in course design.  Quality Matters is North Park University’s quality control process for the design aspects of the online and hybrid courses. 

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NP is now conducting external reviews for our online and hybrid courses. A SMR occurs when NP online and hybrid courses are reviewed by certified external QM peer reviewers. The review team consists a Master Reviewer (Chair, Peer Reviewer and a Subject Matter Expert). The review process is collegial, collaborative and focuses on continuous improvement.

In order for COE to compensate faculty developers, your courses must be QM aligned.

For a course to be re-certified or redesigned, some amendments must have occurred to one or more of the course components.  These components includes: the learning objectives, assessments, instructional materials, learning activities and course technology. Also,certifications are good for 4 years, so if a course is 4 years or older, then the course should be redesigned and reviewed for a new certification.