Projects and Initiatives

Accreditation (3.7.1)

COC-SACS Distance Education and the Principles of Accreditation: Documenting Compliance

3.7.1 USF considers and defines the unique qualifications for faculty members teaching distance education courses.

Unique qualifications for faculty that teach online:

  1. Creates opportunities for instructor-student, student-student and student-content interaction
  2. Employs active learning techniques
  3. Gives prompt, meaningful and custom feedback (to the extent possible given enrollments)
  4. Emphasizes time on task
  5. Communicates high expectations, i.e. clear, measurable learning objectives aligned with demonstrable outcomes
  6. Respects diverse talents and ways of learning by presenting multiple perspectives

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InEd conducted two (2) surveys in relationship to evaluating these unique qualifications of online faculty members:

Survey 1: Online Instructor Self Check 
https://usflearn.instructure.com/courses/970357

(You will be asked to authenticate with your USF credentials. Special access to this survey can be requested here)

OISC 3.4.10 – Online Instructor Self Check – Survey Items and Results are provided here: 4_ocv_3.4.10_online_course_verification_results

Survey 2: Online Course Verification
https://usflearn.instructure.com/courses/970355

(You will be asked to authenticate with your USF credentials. Special access to this survey can be requested here)

OCV 3.7.1 – Online Course Verification – Survey Items and Results are provided here:

5_oisc_3.7.1_online_instructor_self_check_results

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The aforementioned results were used to inform the creation of a professional development certification program for online faculty and teaching assistants, originally titled TO101 and now titled the Online Instructor Certification (OIC) .

This course is an introduction to the basic foundations of effective teaching and learning online. It is organized into 5 modules delivered over a 5 week period. The topics include online course structure / preparation, online assessment, online content, online interaction, mobile learning, and online accessibility.

As of november 2015 a total of 547 online faculty have completed either TO 101 or OIC.