Faculty Support #5

5 Clear standards are established for faculty engagement and expectations around online teaching (e.g. response time, contact information, etc.).

Deficient      Developing      Accomplished     Exemplary

The iSchool has established Standards and Indicators for Online Teaching. These are posted in our online Faculty Handbook. They are introduced to new faculty members in the Teaching Online course. The standards are referred to during the peer reviews each semester.

The Minimum Instructional Expectations for Faculty, posted in the Faculty Handbook, reinforce and supplement the Standards. Specific expectations such as a 48 hour maximum response time are clearly stated.

An additional set of standards is applied through the School’s participation in WISE (Web-based Information Science Education), a consortium of library and information science programs offering online courses. In order to join WISE, the iSchool completed the WISE Member Checklist, a quality assessment based on the WISE Model for Quality Online Education in Library and Information Science.

When faculty members begin to prepare their first course, they must complete the Teaching Online course, an online course taught by our Director  of Online Learning. They study technical and pedagogical topics and begin to develop their course site with close supervision and guidance. The Teaching Online course consists of eight units, which cover the technology instructors will use, as well as the pedagogy of teaching online.  New faculty members also participate in at least one web conference session associated with the class to discuss possible uses of this synchronous communication platform.

A tenured faculty member conducts peer reviews of all part time faculty using a peer evaluation form. Her reviews form part of the Director’s annual assessment of part time faculty. The evaluation is based on the SJSU iSchool Online Teaching Standards and Indicators [PDF].

Full time faculty are reviewed via the University’s Retention, Tenure, Promotion (RTP) guidelines. Full time tenure track faculty are evaluated over a 6 year period. Faculty Expectations are clearly laid out.

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