Who is designing and leading the SDSU Flexible Course Summer Institute?
The SDSU Flexible Summer Course Institute has been designed by SDSU faculty and ITS Instructional Designers with the needs of our own SDSU faculty and students at its heart. The faculty peer mentors who will guide participants through the carefully-designed modules are all experts, who have extensive teaching experience in online or hybrid modalities. The Institute’s module designers and peer mentors are your SDSU colleagues who are faculty from the various colleges across the university. What we hope will make this endeavor successful is that it is faculty helping faculty in an effort to do right by our students in Fall 2020.
I am faculty, but for whatever reason am not able to participate in this training. What can I do?
Faculty who, for whatever reason, are unable to participate in Session One (June) or Session Two (July) of this training will have access to the course materials to work through at their own pace. These materials will be made available on Canvas, via ITS, in August 2020. This self-paced, self-enrolled version of the course will be un-moderated and participants will not be compensated. Anyone with the link will be able to join and go at their own pace. Please check back for the link to enroll.
Additionally, the Center for Teaching and Learning will provide Fall 2020 support including Canvas quick start guides, course planners, syllabus templates, coffee hours, and discussion boards for collaborative problem-solving via its Canvas Faculty Homeroom. Visit ctl.sdsu.edu or join the course directly here.
I would like to switch sessions (from Session One to Session Two or Three, or vice versa); is that possible?
Due to the high demand for this training and our efforts to serve as many faculty as possible, we can no longer accommodate requests to shift between sessions.
When will I know if I am “accepted” and which session I am registered for?
Upon completing the registration form via our website (https://its.sdsu.edu/covid-19/flex/) and confirming that you meet the eligibility requirements for the Summer Institute, you will receive an initial acknowledgment followed by another message approximately one week prior to your session’s start. The email (sent to your @sdsu.edu account) will contain information about the required “live” kick-off meeting on the first day of your session and other information about getting started in the course. If you have not heard from us by June 3th (for Session 1) or July 1st (session 2/3) please email Michelle Peterson, email@example.com, to check on the status of your application.
What are the time demands of the SDSU Flexible Course Design Summer Institute?
SDSU Flexible Course Design Summer Institute requires a 20-hour time commitment spread across three weeks: Session 1 (June 8 – June 26, 2020), Session 2 (July 6 – July 24, 2020), OR Session 3 (designed exclusively for coaches, counselors and librarians; August 3 – 20). The only time-certain event is the “live” kick-off on the first day, and there will be two sessions of that kick-off to accommodate participants’ schedules. While the course is mostly self-paced (i.e. you complete it on your own schedule), there is an expectation that you will progress through the eight modules of the course at a pace of about one module every two workdays of the 15-workday session.
Can I do the course at my own pace?
The 20-hour course is self-paced to a degree, but there are some “marks” for participants to hit so that they are moving through the materials at a steady pace and so that the peer mentors, who will be offering feedback, will be able to balance their workload in providing feedback. After the “live” kick-off (1 hour), we ask participants to complete the first four modules (eight hours of work) by the first week (across 7 days)… and then it’s two modules (ca. 5 hours) in Wk 2 and two modules (ca. 5 hours) in Wk 3… plus a final reflection (1 hour). That last Friday (end of third week) is a hard-stop. If you are not able, or unwilling, to work along at this pace, please consider the self-paced, unmoderated, and uncompensated version of the materials that will be made available in August 2020.
Am I on my own with this training or is there somebody to help me as I work through the modules?
Each participant will be grouped together with a cohort under the direction of a faculty peer mentor who will be available to answer your questions. Additionally, course facilitators, module designers, and peer mentors will participate actively in the discussion boards associated with each module. “Elective” module designers will hold “office hours” for each “wave” of participants working in that module. The Virtual FIT center (vFIT) will also help with additional training on learning technologies/tools.
May I complete more than the eight modules (four required and four electives)?
While your peer mentor will track your progress through eight modules (four required and four electives), you will be able to view the content (readings and videos) for all of the elective modules, including those you do not complete as part of the Institute.
When do I select my “electives”?
While participants were asked on their follow-up Qualtrics participant survey to express interest in four to six of the eleven elective options, participants do not “commit” to their four electives until the end of week one of the Institute.
I’m mostly interested in learning how to use Canvas, given the LMS transition. Is this the right training for me?
While the SDSU Flexible Course Design Summer Institute includes training in Canvas as ONE of the four 2-day elective modules and the Institute will take place in Canvas, learning about Canvas is not the focus. If your primary concern is training in Canvas, consider the suite of SDSU-run Canvas training options (scroll down to the “How do I learn to use Canvas option?”).
Am I required to teach my Fall 2020 courses in Canvas if I complete this training?
The training for the SDSU Flexible Course Design Summer Institute will take place in Canvas. Given SDSU’s transition to Canvas, if you are designing a class “from scratch” for Fall 2020 or Spring 2021 we strongly encourage you to consider developing it in Canvas. However, you may still teach online in Blackboard in Fall 2020 and Spring 2021. Beginning Summer 2021, Canvas will be the only LMS option at SDSU. For details, see implementation timeline: https://its.sdsu.edu/canvas/#pilot-timeline.
How is the SDSU Flexible Course Design Summer Institute (FSI) different from the training supplied by ITS’s long-standing Course Design Institute (CDI)?
SDSU Flexible Course Design Summer Institute (FSI) familiarizes participants with the principles of online course design and offers a menu of modular options catered to faculty interest and experience. In contrast, CDI participants complete a semester-long experience which culminates with a fully-designed online course, having completed ALL these modules (and more), in a way that their newly-designed course meets expectations of Quality Online Learning and Teaching (QLT) rubric.
Will this class “certify” me to teach online at SDSU?
SDSU Flexible Course Design Summer Institute is not meant to serve as certification for online teaching either for the instructor or for a course. The Institute will familiarize participants with many of the basics of intentional, from-the-start-of-the-course pedagogy for online teaching AND it will go much deeper into flexible, virtual pedagogy than just-in-time remediation attempts made during the COVID-19 transition-to-remote-instruction; but it does not replace the 16-week Course Design Institute.
What is the compensation for SDSU Flexible Course Design Summer Institute?
Faculty who complete all requirements of the program can earn $1,000, in the form of a stipend (you will complete four required modules, plus four ‘elective’ modules).
When and how will I be paid for my participation?
Payment, in the form of a stipend, is contingent on satisfactory completion of the Institute and will be distributed within 30 days of completion. For additional questions, please contact your department/college financial person or SDSU’s Center for Human Resources. The payment will be part of the faculty compensation for the year and reported on w-2. We are unable to offer advice about how to report summer pay to negotiate any unemployment benefits you may draw in the summer.
I am a teaching assistant (TA) and/or graduate assistant (GA). What training is available for me?
Training for TAs and GAs will be facilitated by the Center for Teaching and Learning. Please contact your department chair or graduate director for additional information, or see https://ctl.sdsu.edu/helps_for_tas for updated information on GA/TA training.