Faculty may request access to online Blackboard courses for academic secretaries, department chairs, deans, etc.
If you need assistance in making your online course more robust and engaging, simply check the service you need below and return this service request to the Online Learning Helpdesk, 241 David M. French Hall, by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (810) 237-6691.
COURSE DEVELOPMENT STIPEND REQUEST
Online development stipends are available to faculty for course development, contingent on availability of funds.
Quality Guidelines for Online Courses
This rubric is intended to assist faculty in developing online courses of quality and may be used as a self-assessment tool during course development, to review existing courses, and as a tool for peer-to-peer review of courses.
FACULTY PEER OBSERVATION & COACHING FOR ONLINE FACULTY
Instructional Design Support
Sit with our Online Helpdesk staff (not to be confused with the ITS Helpdesk) for weekday at-the-elbow assistance. Or, call our phone support, 810-237-6691, available seven days a week. See our hours, helpguides, and contact information in the right hand margin.
Instructional design and technology support
For one-on-one assistance in course development, contact one of our instructional designers.
- CAS faculty, contact Brandon Blinkenberg
- SOM and SEHS faculty, contact Carson Waites
- SHPS faculty, contact Jeffrey Drake
Need to record or create digital content? Use our private faculty computer station loaded with the latest audio-video software, available 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. Book a time slot or just drop in to 241 French Hall.
Online Course Awards
The Office of the Provost, Office of Extended Learning and the Thompson Center for Learning and Teaching are pleased to announce the establishment of the Provost Teaching Innovation Prize.
This annual online teaching award, developed to distinguish and showcase effective, memorable and inspiring student distance learning experiences created by our faculty. The intent also is to recognize the commitment and diligent work of our faculty involved in online and mixed-mode learning and teaching.
Congratulations to the Provost Innovation in Teaching Prize 2017 Recipients:
1st Place - Lisa Lapeyrouse, Assistant Professor
Public Health & Health Sciences
Calling all Heroes! Application of Health Communication
Strategies and Theories in the Planning, Implementation
and Evaluation of a Community Blood Drive
2nd Place - Tom Wrobel, Professor, Psychology
Utilization of Community and Campus Resources to
Liven Up Teaching the Psychology of Death
3rd Place (Co-recipients) - Joshua May, Lecturer, Music
Finding Your Voice through Service-Learning in Music Performance
Charlotte Tang, Assistant Professor, Computer Science
Learning by Doing
1st Place - Jennifer Blackwood, Assistant Professor, Physical Therapy
Windshield Tour as a Method of Bridging the Gap Between Online Course
Content and the Learner's Community
2nd place - Emma Davis, Lecturer, Theatre & Dance
(on behalf of the Dance Faculty)
Dancing Online: Making Movement Accessible to All
A total of 15 nominations were received (8 for the face-to-face category; six for the online category and one for the mixed-mode category).
Click here for more information about the Provost Teaching Innovation Prize, awards, eligibility, and nominations.
Click here to learn more about previous winners of the Provost Teaching Innovation Prize.
Online Instructor Programs
Available to higher education faculty and K-12 teachers across the nation, this series of fully online courses will show you how to design and deliver a quality course via the Internet - free for UM-Flint faculty, competitively priced for others.
Peer Observation & Coaching for Online Faculty
Become certified to conduct course observations for your colleagues! In conjunction with the Thompson Center for Learning and Teaching (TCLT) and Office of the Provost, OEL offers a two-day peer observation and coaching program for online faculty. Similar to the TCLT program for face-to-face courses, the program provides faculty a nonjudgmental format in which to garner formative feedback, all toward the goal of continuous quality improvement.
- Click here for more information on the Peer Observation Certification
- Register for the next workshop to become a certified observer
Request a Peer Observation
The Peer Observation & Coaching process guides you in the continuous improvement of your online courses. You will work with a trained Observer to receive confidential peer feedback. This confidential process emphasizes the sharing of ideas and experiences as opposed to evaluating outcomes. It also can foster the improvement of teaching and aligns with the mission of the University of Michigan-Flint. The process culminates in a written document: the Peer Observation Results report, which is shared only between the Faculty and the Observer.
Tk20 is a comprehensive assessment, planning, and reporting system designed for collecting and managing academic and non-academic departmental assessment activities to create a culture of evidence throughout the campus.
Video Production Studio
The Office of Extended Learning announces a new video production studio designed to help faculty enhance their presence in the virtual classroom. The sound-proofed studio, located in 1103 Northbank Center, features lightboard technology and stage on one end, and a traditional video production stage on the other. It will be showcased in an open house Wednesday, September 20, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Learn more here