Designing & Teaching Online

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Albright College has a broad array of online and hybrid course offerings in both the Traditional program and the School of Professional Studies (SPS).

By the end of 2018, we have:

  • over 45 different courses approved for online delivery
  • an Addictions certificate offered completely online in SPS
  • a minor in Digital Marketing and Sales offered completely online in SPS

Goals for the online program in 2019 include:

  • designing and offering an online graduate program in Special Education
  • designing and offering the SPS Applied Psychology online beginning with an August, 2019 cohort
  • Adding more online offerings for our traditional and SPS students

Whether you are teaching in a flip, hybrid, fully online, or just want to add online components to substitute for seat time, there are many resources to assist in successfully integrating these components into the teaching and learning process.

In this section you will find information about how to design and offer a course online, instructions on creating an instructional equivalencies chart, which can help assist you in how to replace seat time with technology activities, an Excel template for creating the equivalency chart, and a list of suggested  books and links to read.

Teaching Online

Whether in the Traditional program or the School of Professional Studies, if you are interested in offering a course online, support is available for you throughout the entire process. First start with the Guidelines for Teaching and Learning with Technology. This EPC-approved document will explain expectations and timelines for the process. Once approved, a course must go through the design process. This workflow chart explains the process from beginning to end. Albright utilizes a program called Quality Matters for professional development for instructors and quality assurance for the design of online courses. Note also there are guidelines for course start and attendance in online courses.

Instructional Equivalency Hours

Whether they are traditional, blended, or fall under the SPS umbrella, many courses now include online components and other types of activities as part of instructional time. Any course that does not meet face-to-face for all instructional credit hours must contain an Instructional Equivalency Chart to track these components.

Instructional Equivalency Creation Guide

Instructional Equivalency Chart Template (Excel)

time to learn imageVisit the Instructional Equivalency Interactive Tutorial to learn more about creating an IE chart.

Quality Matters

Quality Matters

Quality Matters (QM) is a faculty-centered, peer review process that is designed to certify the quality of online courses and online components. QM has received national recognition for its peer-based approach to quality assurance and continuous improvement in online education. Feel free to create a login at QM and browse through their materials.

Originating from a Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) grant project, QM is now a self-supporting organization offering institutional subscriptions and a range of fee-based services including QM-managed course reviews and an array of professional development opportunities.

With over 900 current subscribers, ranging from four-year colleges and universities to technical and community colleges to other academic organizations, Quality Matters is the leading provider of tools and processes used to evaluate quality in course design.

time to learn imageVisit the Quality Matters Interactive Tutorial to learn more QM alignment.