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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Application

 Q: When is the deadline for submitting my HU-Teach application?
            A. Click here to see.


 Q: How can I apply for HU-Teach?
            A. Click here to see.

Q: Do I have to complete the application in one sitting?
            A. No.  You can click SAVE at the bottom of the entry form.  When you are ready to resume, click here.


Q:  If I apply, how will I know my application has been received in time?
           A.You will receive confirmation by email within 24 hours.

Q: What should I do if I do not receive a confirmation email after I apply?
           A.  Email cetla@howard.edu.

Q.  If selected, when would I have to teach my HU-Teach course?
            A. You must obtain approval from your department chairperson to schedule your proposed course no more than one calendar year after HU-Teach approves the course.  The application specifies the qualifying terms.


Q: I have submitted my HU-Teach application. When will I know if I've been accepted?
              A. The HU-Teach subcommittee will notify finalists by email on the date posted here.

Q: How much of my proposed course has to be delivered online?
               A. 30%, 60%, or 100%

Q: Who is eligible to apply?
               A. Until further notice, all full-time Howard faculty are eligible, unless they were selected for a previous HU-Teach cycle.

Q: I applied during the previous cycle, but was not selected. May I reapply for this cycle?
               A. Yes


 Q:  I was selected for a previous HU-Teach cycle. May I reapply to shift more of my course online?
               A. Not until further notice.  Since the number of HU-Teach slots is limited, the HU-Teach Subcommittee wants to give as many HU faculty as possible an opportunity to participate in the program.

Q: How many courses can I propose?
                 A. You may propose only one course during the application cycle.

Q: Why should I apply for HU-Teach?
                 A.  Teaching a course 30%  - 60% online can “free up” time for more active learning in the classroom.  On the other hand, teaching 100% online will allow the University to enroll qualified students who might not otherwise attend Howard because of distance, full-time employment, or family obligations.

 Q: Who do I contact if I have trouble completing or submitting the online application?
               A.  Email cetla@howard.edu.


Q: How long does the HU-Teach process take?
               A. Click here to see the timetable.

 Q: If I don’t currently teach online at all, can I apply to HU-Teach?
              A.Yes. The HU-Teach Subcommittee welcomes applications from faculty who are willing to try online teaching for the first time.  However, you should apply to teach only 30% online.

Q. Do I have to be Blackboard or Distance-Learning certified to apply?
              A.  No.  However, if you want to design a 60% online course, you will need to earn Blackboard certification before you teach it.  On the other hand, if you want to design a 100% online course, you will need to earn Distance-Learning as well as Blackboard certification before you design it.  Click here to learn about CETLA’s certifications.


Q.  Do I have to use Blackboard in my proposed course?
              A.  You do not have to use Blackboard if you are going to teach only 30% online.  Moreover, if you teach in the School of Law, where TWEN is the official learning management system, you may be able to teach a 60% or 100% online course on TWEN.  Check with your dean.


Q: How long do I have to teach at Howard University to apply for HU-Teach?
              A.  There is no minimum time of service. The HU-Teach Subcommittee welcomes applications from new faculty as long as they teach full-time.


Q:  Do I have to be a tenure-track professor to apply?
              A. No, but you must teach full-time.

Q.  If selected, do I have to participate in training?  If so, what kind?
              A.If you plan to teach 30% or 60% online, you will need to complete CETLA’s Course Redesign Seminar (CRSI).  However, if you plan to teach 100% online, you will need to pass CETLA’s Distance-Learning Seminar (DLSI).  Click here for details.


Q.  If I have already earned credit for the required training, do I have to repeat the training?
              A. Normally, no.  However, if you are required to take the Course Redesign Seminar (CRSI), make sure you took it in 2012 or later.  Otherwise, you will need to retake CRSI to teach 30% or 60% online.


Q: What if I can't participate in the training due to a previously scheduled event or an emergency? Who should I contact? Will I be able to make up the training?
              A. You will not be able to participate in the current cycle if you miss the required training. There are no make-up sessions. However, if a documented emergency prevents you from participating, you may be eligible to participate in the next HU-Teach cycle without having to reapply, so email cetla@howard.edu as soon as possible.  (Note: There is no guarantee that the Office of the Provost will fund another cycle.)

Q. Will CETLA be available during the redesign process to assist faculty?
              A. CETLA will be available to answer pedagogical questions, but HU-Teach reviewers will review the redesigned course sites.

Q: Who should I contact if I have any other questions about the application?
              A. Email cetla@howard.edu.

Course Redesign

Your Course Site

 Q: Do I have to actually build my course site?
            A. YES.  Whether you use Blackboard or another platform (e.g., TWEN, Google Sites, Pbwiki, Facebook, or a personal website), you need to build an online site that your reviewers can visit. “Building” your course site means to post content (e.g., readings, videos, or web links) and activate tools (e.g., the quiz tool or discussion board), depending upon how much of your course is going to be online. In other words, your reviewers should be able to not only read about your course in the revised syllabus and worksheets you upload but also SEE the online instruction materials and assignments inside your course site.

For additional information, see snapshots from sample course sites under SAMPLE DOCUMENTS in the HU-Teach Portal and contact your Single Point of Contact (Kristian) at huteachcetla@gmail.com.


 Q: Do I have to build my course on Blackboard?
            A. If you are planning to teach a 30% online course that does NOT reduce classroom time, you do not have to use Blackboard.  Even if you use Blackboard, you may integrate outside platforms such as Google Hangouts, Blogger, Facebook, and e-books.

Q: How can I give the reviewers access to my site?
            A. If you are using an “HU-Teach Construction Site”, you will not need to add your reviewers to your course site. We will be giving your reviewers direct access to your construction site. If you are using another platform to build your course site, you are responsible for providing enough access to reviewers to see what students see. (If you are using a platform other than Blackboard, please send an email to huteachcetla@gmail.com with the instructions your reviewers will need in order to access your site prior to the start of the 1st review).


Q: Where can I build my course?
           A. If you are using Blackboard, you are required to use your assigned HU-Teach Construction site to build your course.

Q: When do I have to submit my course site to my reviewers?
              A. See the TIMETABLE in the HU-Teach Portal..

Q: Do I have to be Blackboard or Distance-Learning certified before I submit my course for review or qualify for a stipend?
              A. If you want to design a 60% online course, you will need to earn Blackboard certification before you teach it.  On the other hand, if you want to design a 100% online course, you will need to earn Distance-Learning as well as Blackboard certification before you design it.  Click here to learn about CETLA’s certifications.


Q: If I plan to record my lectures, do I have to record them prior to my reviews?
              A. A Yes, whether it's the 1st or 2nd review, when the reviewers visit your course site, they should see and hear what your students will see and hear.

Q: Do I have to know how to use a software application before I can include it in my lesson plans?
              A. If you intend to use the software (e.g., Poll Everywhere) only in the classroom, you can say so on your Course Redesign Worksheet, but wait to complete the training. Just make sure you learn how to use the software prior to the semester when you're scheduled to teach the course. On the other hand, if you need to use the software (e.g., Tegrity) to create learning objects (e.g., recorded lectures) within your course site, you will need training right away so that you can post the learning objects in your course site prior to your 1st Review.

Resources

Q: What resources can help me “flip” my classroom or turn it into a “hybrid”?
               A. Please visit CETLA’s “Flipping the Classroom” site at www.cetla.howard.edu/teaching_strategies/index.html.

Q: What resources can help me redesign the online component of my course?
               A. Although the Course Redesign (CRSI) and Best Practices in Distance-Learning (DLSI) Seminars will introduce you to the Quality Matters (QM) Rubric, you should study the annotated Quality Matters rubric on your own (http://www.cetla.howard.edu/workshops/login.aspx). You will find specific descriptions and examples that will help you design the online component of your course.  If you plan to teach 30% or 60% online, make sure you read the “Blended Courses” notes for QM’s specific rubric standards.  However, if there is no “blended” note, you should follow the guidelines for the standard “as is.” Also, make sure you check CETLA’s Distance-Learning Resource page  http://www.cetla.howard.edu/teaching_resources/dl_learning.html for policies and best practices.

Q: What resources can help me redesign the classroom component of my course to stimulate active learning?
               A. You will find “how to” examples, and, in some cases, classroom videos on CETLA’s Active Learning site:  http://www.cetla.howard.edu/teaching_strategies/active_learning/activelearning.html.  Also, consult CETLA’s “Facilitating Small Groups” and “Interactive Polling” sites:  http://www.cetla.howard.edu/teaching_strategies/facilitating_small_groups/index.html and
http://www.cetla.howard.edu/teaching_strategies/polling.html.


 Q: Are there sample documents I can view for guidance?
               A. Absolutely.  Click SAMPLE DOCUMENTS in the HU-Teach Portal to access several Instructor Worksheets, Course Redesign Worksheets, syllabi, and even course tours submitted by previous HU-Teach finalists.

Q: How will my course be evaluated?
                 A. Click REVIEWS in the sidebar.

Submissions

Q: What do I have to submit for the 1st review?
                 A. See the table below:

Submissions for 1st Review


Online Category
Revised Syllabus Instructor Worksheet Course Redesign Worksheet Course Site
(half)

30% online

1 1 4 lesson plans 4 lessons + introduction to course

60% online

1 1 9 lesson plans 9 lessons + introduction to course

100% online

1 1 12 lesson plans 12 lessons + introduction to course

 

 Q: What do I have to submit for the 2nd Review?
               A. See the table below.

Submissions for the 2nd Review


Online Category
Revised Syllabus Instructor Worksheet Course Redesign Worksheet Course Site
(half)

30% online

    5 more lesson plans 9 lessons + introduction to course

60% online

    9 more lesson plans 18 lessons + introduction to course

100% online

    12 more lesson plans 24 lessons + introduction to course


Q: What constitutes “9 lesson plans”?  Are they necessarily plans for 9 class meetings?
               A. The number of required lesson plans is just a guide.   It is not necessarily equivalent to the number of class meetings:  After all, some classes traditionally meet three times a week for 50 minutes; others, twice a week for 1hr. 20minutes; and others, once a week for 3 hours.  So the meaning of the word “lesson” varies.  The bottom line is that you need to submit the percentage of your course that is going online.  In other words, if you plan to teach 30% online, then you need to submit lesson plans and build lessons in your course site that cover at least 30% of that online instruction.

Q: Where can I find blank copies of the worksheets?
               A. You can download blank Instructor and Course Redesign Worksheets on the SAMPLE DOCUMENTS page in the HU-Teach Portal.  Since they are MS Word files, you can edit them.

Reviews

  
  For Reviewers:

Q: How many courses will I need to review?
               A. Unless instructed otherwise, you will be reviewing 6 courses.

Q: When should I start reviewing the courses, and how much time will have to finish my reviews?
               A. See the HU-Teach Timetable.

Q: How many times do I have to review a course?
               A. You will complete up to 3 reviews of each assigned course. You will conduct a 1st Review, when the finalist has designed half of the course; a 2nd Review, when the finalist has finished designing the course; and a 3rd Review, if the finalist has not achieved a passing QM score and met all of the QM three-point standards.

Q: How do I access my assigned finalists’ documents?
               A. Log into the HU-Teach portal, select an assigned finalist, and then open the appropriate document(s) under “Uploaded Documents.”  You should first view the Instructor Worksheet  to give you the context of the course, and then read the
Revised Syllabus
and lesson plans in the Course Redesign Worksheet file(s).

Q: What if I review the wrong finalist? Am I still required to review all of my assigned finalists as well?
               A. Yes. Please be sure to review your assigned finalists only. If you accidentally review the wrong finalist, you will still be required to review all of your assigned finalists with no additional compensation.

Q: How many lesson plans should I expect in the Course Redesign Worksheet file(s)?
               A. For the 1st review, we recommend that finalists upload 4 lesson plans for 30% online courses; 9 for 60%; and 18 for 100%.   However, these numbers are just guides since the number of lesson plans is not necessarily equivalent to the number of online or classroom meetings.  So don’t worry about the number of lesson plans you see; the bottom line is that you should see the appropriate percentage of the course online (e.g., 15% for a 30% “flipped” course during the 1st Review and the full 30% by the 2nd Review).

Q: How do I access my finalists’ course sites?
               A. When the 1st Review period begins, we will email you the login information needed to access your assigned finalists’ course sites. If the course site is empty or practically so, please email huteachcetla@gmail.com immediately).

Q: What do I do if I cannot access my assigned finalists’ course site or if their site is empty?
               A. In this case, you should email the SPOC (Single Point of Contact) immediately at huteachcetla@gmail.com.

Q: How much content should the finalists have posted at each stage of the review process?
               A. 1st review: Finalists should have built half of the online component of their course.
2nd review: Finalists should have built the entire online component of their course.
3rd review (if applicable): Finalists should have revised the online component of their course if they did not meet all Quality Matters 3-point standards by their 2nd review.

In other words, you should  see videos if the finalist promised to post video lectures, discussion forms if the finalist promised to set up class discussions, quizzes if the finalist promised to administer online tests, and so on.  In other words, no matter how good the finalists’ lesson plans sound, you have to see the course materials and tools to carry out the online portion of those plans when you log into the course site.

Q: What guidelines should I use when reviewing my assigned finalists’ course sites?
               A. The Quality Matters Rubric standards and annotations are your guide and authority for reviewing each finalist’s course site. However, be sure to read the Instructor Worksheet in the portal as well, in case you need to take into account departmental requirements and other special situations.

For Finalists:

Q: How can I see the reviewers' scores and comments?
               A. Whenever a reviewer completes and saves a QM rubric for your course, you will receive an email alert. Then you should do the following:
1. Log into the Finalist's portal.
2. Click the link to each saved rubric on your entry page.
3. Read the scores and comments inside each rubric.

Q: When will my reviews be ready?
               A. See the HU-Teach Timetable for the review deadlines. However, whenever a reviewer finishes completing a rubric for your course, you will automatically receive an email alert from the HU-Teach database. If you receive such an alert before the deadline, go ahead and look at your scores and comments.

Q: Can I start making changes as soon as I receive feedback from a reviewer?
               A. Please do not make any changes to your course until you have received all three of your reviews. Otherwise, you may end up making unnecessary changes. You will need to make changes only when two reviewers agree that you have not met a standard.

Q: What should I do after the 1st review?
               A. After the 1st review, pay more attention to the comments than the scores since the reviewers evaluated only half of your course.  Use the comments not only to improve your existing lessons but to develop your remaining lessons.

Q: What should I do after the 2nd review?
               A. After the 2nd review, click the links to the newest rubrics (see the dates).   Once again, view the scores and read the comments. However, this time the scores will count.  Your course has been approved, if at least two reviewers agreed that you earned at least 85% of the points and satisfied all of the 3-point Specific Rubric Standards.  If so, the HU-Teach staff will submit your name for payment of the 2/3 stipend. If not, use the comments to prepare for a 3rd Review. See the submission deadline and notify huteachcetla@gmail.com  when you are ready the review.

Q: How will I know whether I need to revise for a 3rd review?
               A. If at least two reviewers agreed that you have not earned at least 85% of the points and that you have not satisfied all of the 3-point Specific Rubric Standards, you will need to revise for a 3rd review.

Q:  What happens if I don't pass the 3rd review?
               A. If your reviewers do not approve your course after the 3rd review, email huteachcetla@gmail.com  for an appointment with CETLA’s staff to resolve any remaining problems with your course.

Q:  If I want to explain something to my reviewers, can I email them directly?
               A. Initially, you should email any concerns to your Single Point of Contact (SPOC), huteachcetla@gmail.com. Your SPOC will forward your questions or comments to your reviewers.

Stipends


   For Finalists:

Q.  When will I receive the stipend?
              A. Finalists will be approved for 1/3 stipend after successfully completing the required seminar. (Finalists who earned credit earlier will be paid on the same schedule as the other finalists.) Later, each finalist will be approved for the remaining 2/3 stipend whenever the finalist’s course is approved. Regardless, the HU-Teach Subcommittee cannot guarantee the time of payment since payment requisitions must be processed by multiple offices at the University. Therefore, please do not count on receiving your payment by a particular date.

Q: Is it guaranteed that I will receive this stipend?
               A. You will receive 1/3 stipend only if you fulfill the training requirement and the remaining 2/3 stipend only if your redesigned course is approved.

Q: How much is the stipend?
               A. The amount of the stipend will be based upon the summer pay schedule: 1/39 x Base Salary x # credit hours. For the sake of this calculation, the number of credit hours will not exceed three. Thus, stipends will normally range from $3,000 - $8,000, depending upon a finalist’s rank and school or college.

Q: How will I receive the stipend?
               A. You will receive your stipend in your paycheck by direct deposit.

Q: Is the stipend taxable?
               A. Yes

For Reviewers:

Q.  When will I receive my stipend?
              A. Reviewers who submit thourough and accurate reviews on time will be approved for payment when the 3rd review period ends.

Q.  How much is the stipend?
              A. Reviewers will receive one payment of $1,000 after submitting thorough and accurate reviews on time.

Q: How will I receive the stipend?
               A. You will receive your stipend in your paycheck by direct deposit.

Q: Is the stipend taxable?
               A. Yes

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