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UTSA seeks proposals for online courses

By Tim Brownlee
Assistant Director of Public Affairs

(Nov. 2, 2005)--The UTSA Center for Distance Learning and Academic Technology and the Teaching and Learning Center are seeking proposals from UTSA faculty members for the development of Web-enhanced courses, entirely online courses and online courses as part of master's degree programs. Selected proposals will receive incentives including financial and staff support.

All teaching faculty are eligible to apply for the funds. The application deadline is 5 p.m., Monday, Nov. 14. Proposals must be e-mailed to Margaret Garrison, Teaching and Learning Center.

As an incentive to participate, faculty selected to develop a course will receive release from one course ($3,000 to the department for an instructor to cover the released course), $500 in professional-development funds to the faculty member for travel, books, supplies and equipment and assistance from a graduate student employee from the Instruction Design and Development Group to produce the course.

The courses will be developed during the spring 2006 semester of 2006 and offered in the fall 2006 semester. Faculty will receive full support from the Instructional Design and Development Group in the Center for Distance Learning and Academic Technology including pre-course consultation, curriculum planning, resource design and production, learning assessment creation (tests, games, assignments and tasks, project management and course review.

Faculty members selected to develop a course will be required to attend workshops on online teaching techniques and to learn and demonstrate effective use of the communications tools available in the Blackboard/WebCT learning management system.

To apply, prepare a brief proposal including:

  • Course description and semester in which the online course will be offered
  • Brief statement of methods that will be used to deliver content completely online
  • Detailed course syllabus
  • Letter of endorsement from department chair.

A committee of faculty working with the Teaching and Learning Center will evaluate proposals. The committee plans to approve 30 projects.

For more information, contact Bill Angrove, assistant vice provost and director of the UTSA Center for Distance Learning and Academic Technology, at (210) 458-5868.

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