Call for Proposals: The Development of Online and Hybrid Courses for Winter 2022

The campus seeks proposals from faculty interested in continuing to explore the opportunities offered by technologically-mediated formats beyond Fall 2021 to develop, on a voluntary basis, asynchronous and synchronous online and hybrid courses to be offered in Winter 2022. 

For a detailed definition of each offering format, please refer to the Undergraduate & Graduate Online and Hybrid Courses Policy.

For online course proposals (asynchronous and synchronous), priority will be given to large-lecture courses (>100 students).

For hybrid course proposals, courses of any size will be considered, with priority given to courses that utilize the hybrid format to implement active learning techniques such as flipped classrooms, or that seek to provide in-person options for larger courses that are challenging to offer in person.

Course development will be taking place during the Fall quarter. Faculty whose proposals are approved will be provided the following:

Senate faculty — Awardees can select one of the following two options:

    1. 1/2 course release (*);
    2. 1/2 GSR (25% time GSR for one quarter) to support the awardee’s research in recognition of their potentially lower research productivity while they are developing the course; this 1/2 GSR could be taken in any quarter from fall 2021 through summer 2022, as is most appropriate for the faculty member’s research.

Lecturers — $4,000 to be paid as a taxable lump-sum payment (**).

 

A committee will review all course proposals, and instructors with selected proposals will be expected to submit a request for new or online course approval to the Senate Committee on Courses of Instruction (CCI) by the early October deadline. Please take note of this quick turnaround time as you consider whether to submit a proposal.

Faculty whose proposals are awarded agree to share any materials developed through this program upon request from another UCSC instructor who is appointed to teach the same course or one that covers similar material, through the end of 2024. Faculty retain intellectual property rights of their developed course materials.

Courses will be developed in cohorts of roughly ten faculty led by an instructional designer, supporting staff, and a faculty fellow. Each cohort will work together for six weeks. For online courses, the first three weeks will be focused on course design with cohort meetings twice per week, and the second three weeks on course development. For hybrid courses, the full six weeks will combine design and development with the cohort meeting once per week. 

Loaner equipment will be made available to awardees for recording lecture videos at home, or they will have limited access to filming in studios on campus (subject to availability). The cohorts will meet in October and November. 

 

Proposal Guidelines — Online Courses (Asynchronous or Synchronous)

In no more than two pages, provide responses to the following prompts:

    1. Describe your course, including pertinent information such as its sequence in the curriculum, frequency of offerings, enrollment, typical assessments (e.g., papers, exams, quizzes, projects), and any insights gained from offering it remotely.
    2. Explain how an online version of your course would positively impact degree completion, have high enrollment, or would help transition a challenging type of course to a fully online format.
    3. Discuss how an online version of your course may present an opportunity to improve student learning outcomes.

 

Proposal Guidelines — Hybrid Courses

In no more than two pages, provide responses to the following prompts:

    1. Describe your course, including pertinent information such as its sequence in the curriculum, frequency of offerings, enrollment, and typical assessments (e.g., papers, exams, quizzes, projects).
    2. Explain how a hybrid version of your course would positively impact degree completion or enable optimal utilization of classroom space.
    3. Discuss how a hybrid version of your course may present an opportunity to improve student learning outcomes.
    4. Describe the formats (combination of in-person, asynchronous, synchronous) that you would use in your hybrid course, and a tentative schedule for one week of the course.

 

Proposals are due by 12 noon on Monday, September 20. While we recognize this is a short turnaround time, we have designed the application to take no more than 60 minutes to complete. As department chairs are responsible for curriculum planning, faculty submitting proposals are expected to have consulted with their department or program chair, or college provost, prior to submitting proposals. Submit proposals to vpaa@ucsc.edu, copying your department or program chair or college provost and online@ucsc.edu. For awarded proposals, chairs will be required to confirm that courses will be offered.

Questions? — contact Online Education at online@ucsc.edu.

 


(*)  Transferred to the awardee’s department at half of the standard campus rate for a full course release; this may be most useful to awardees in departments with fractional accounting of instructional workload.

(**) Total compensation for the academic year is subject to a limit of 100% effort.