In an effort to support the teaching and learning goals set forth in the PSU Strategic Plan (Goal #4: Provide the infrastructure necessary to support online course offerings and degree programs, and provide professional development opportunities to achieve optimal utilization of the technology we have available) and the Academic Affairs strategic plan (Goal #1: Enhance teaching and learning), an eLearning Academy has become a vision of the Office of Academic Affairs and the Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology.
The purpose of the eLearning Academy is to bring consistency to the process of online faculty development and the creation and delivery of online courses in order to assure quality online learning experiences. Initial implementation will be for fully online programs and online general education courses.
A faculty steering committee was formed and met during the summer of 2012 to address the growing need to assure quality online courses at Pittsburg State. The committee recommended the use of the Quality Matters rubric to help guide faculty in creating quality course content.
The CTLT has purchased a subscription to Quality Matters. This subscription enables faculty access to the fully annotated rubric to aid in creation or re-design of quality online courses. Faculty can access the full rubric by logging into GUS. The file can be found under Academic Administration>Course Management.
Each spring, faculty may apply to participate in the Academy by nominating a course to re-design to QM standards. Yearly cohorts will participate in QM training, CTLT workshops, monthly meetings, and a peer review process.