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What are the benefits of online courses?
UC Santa Cruz faculty who have taught hybrid or fully online courses generally comment on two benefits: 1) the technology, when used well, permits new opportunities for student engagement and learning, and can improve learning outcomes; and, 2) faculty are less consumed by preparing and reviewing lecture materials and have increased time for interaction with their students and Teaching Assistants.

How do I develop a hybrid or online course?
Developing a hybrid or online course is a highly rewarding process that requires planning, time, and creative thinking. Campus resources for hybrid and online course development, including recent requests for proposals, are available on this website: Faculty Opportunities.

What resources are available to faculty interested in developing a hybrid or online course?
The Online Education Initiatives team includes staff that can help you design and develop your online or hybrid course. We have professional production facilities and a full range of software to develop your course.
There are several funding opportunities for faculty to develop online or hybrid courses, including campus and systemwide requests for proposals. For more information, visit the Faculty Opportunities page.

I have lecture videos taken in my classroom. Can I use them for a hybrid or online course?
Your videos might be a good starting point, but most faculty who have developed online or hybrid courses reflect on the importance of designing from the bottom up for new modes of instruction. If you are interested in teaching an online or hybrid course, please contact us at online[at]ucsc[dot]edu.

Can I convert one of my current courses to a hybrid or online format?
Expanding your use of technology in the classroom can be a highly rewarding process. Before you begin, however, you need to consider whether changes to your course will need to reviewed by the Academic Senate Committee on Courses of Instruction (CCI); all newly proposed courses are reviewed by CCI.

CCI requires approval of any fully online course. Hybrid courses do not require review outside of the standard course approval process.

Three forms are required for CCI’s review of fully online courses: Course Approval, Undergraduate Course Approval Supplemental Sheet, and the Undergraduate Online Course—Supplemental Questions. For more information, please contact the CCI analyst at cci@ucsc.edu.


Can I share my hybrid or online course materials with my colleagues or use them in other courses I teach?
You are generally welcome to share or use any content you create and produce for a hybrid or online course with your UC Santa Cruz colleagues, assuming you own the content. Information on UC copyright policy, including policy on the ownership of course materials, is available at the following link: http://copyright.universityofcalifornia.edu/index.html.

Can I use materials (such as videos, images, text) that I didn’t develop myself in my hybrid or online course?
That depends. Some materials are designated as free to use for non-commercial educational purposes and some materials may be used under the Fair Use principle (see UCOP Fair Use website: http://copyright.universityofcalifornia.edu/use/fair-use.html). Other materials may require permission from an author or publisher. Faculty can work with the Online Education team to identify open access materials, works with a creative commons license, or open educational resources.

Do faculty retain ownership of the course materials they develop for their hybrid or online course?
By way of the UC policy on the ownership of course materials, faculty generally retain ownership of the course materials they develop. The policy, however, states that if “exceptional university resources” are used to create course materials, a separate agreement will specify how rights will be owned and controlled. For both ILTI-funded courses and campus-funded MOOCs, faculty retain ownership of the course materials they create and develop. In both cases, faculty grant the campus administration a non-exclusive license to distribute the course.

Are all faculty eligible to participate in developing courses for ILTI?
Yes, all faculty titles are eligible to participate in developing courses for ILTI, although some systemwide funding calls require a senate faculty member to be the lead PI on the proposal. There are many examples at UC Santa Cruz of Lecturers partnering with senate faculty to propose course that they develop and teach.

How do I submit a proposal to offer an online course through ILTI?
Start by contacting the Online Education team. We can work with you to develop your proposal, and we’re able to share examples of successful proposals from UC Santa Cruz. If you’d like to see the ILTI proposal documents before contacting us, they are available on the following link:

Does UCSC offer open courses or MOOCs?
Yes, UCSC offers Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) on the industry-leading platform Coursera. Do you want to develop a MOOC? Contact us at online@ucsc.edu.