At GVSU, the eLearning team is on mission to support faculty in their work to create high quality online and hybrid courses. Through the work of the instructional designers on IDeL team, as well as the support from the entire eLearning team, faculty have access to a wealth of resources including the required “Foundations of Online and Hybrid Course Design Development” course, Faculty Learning Communities, digital media development, and more.
Visit the IDeL web site to learn more about teaching online and to connect with an instructional designer.
Students at the university take a blend of face to face and online/hybrid classes with some students residing in other states and even overseas. Learning online is growing nationally as well, with over 5.8 million students taking at least 1 online course (which amounts to more than 1 in 4 students) according to the Babson Survey Research Group.
Here are a few stats about online learning at GVSU:
- Online and hybrid enrollment expanded this year by 17% (from 2016) to include over 5,318 enrollments in online and hybrid classes at GVSU.
- Enrollment in online and hybrid courses has grown by 78% since 2013.
- In addition, 17% of all students at the university are enrolled in at least 1 online or hybrid class.
- The online/hybrid courses were taught by 173 faculty in 177 unique courses, representing 12% of the classes at the university.
Learn, Prepare, and Teach an Online/Hybrid Course at GVSU!
If you are new to online learning, we recommend the following course development timeline.
Best practice for developing an online or hybrid course is to allow at least 6 months from start to finish. Although even more time is better, especially if you want to be able to add learning objects or other media that you will create, we also recognize how difficult it is to carve out that much time. Therefore, IDeL recommends a minimum of one full semester for course design. IDeL recommends the same, one full semester of course prep if you are teaching an online course that someone else developed.
For an online / hybrid course offered Spring/Summer, faculty should take Foundations in the previous Fall semester.
- For example, you are scheduled to teach an online course Spring/Summer 2019; take Foundations no later than Fall 2018
For an online / hybrid course offered Fall semester, faculty should take Foundations the previous Winter semester.
- For example, you are scheduled to teach an online course Fall 2019 take Foundations no later than Winter 2019
Course Development Sequence
To teach a hybrid or online course at Grand Valley, faculty must complete a two-part certification process. In part one, faculty demonstrate that they can successfully use the Blackboard learning management system. In part two (the Foundations workshop), faculty learn eLearning pedagogy and learn strategies for delivering courses online.
2018-19 Foundations of Online and Hybrid Course Development Offerings
Ready to Start YOUR Online Teaching Journey?
Register for Foundations of Online & Hybrid Course Development in Sprout.
Here is a list of upcoming sessions:
Early Fall – Hybrid (3 week format with 2 required meetings)
*Blackboard competencies need to be met by 9/21/18
9/28/18 face to face 1pm – 4pm (DEV classroom TBA)
10/5/18 (online, optional drop-in appts available) 1pm – 4pm EC513
10/12/18 face to face 1pm – 4pm (DEV classroom TBA)
Mid Fall – Online (4 week format)
*Blackboard competencies need to be met by 10/17/18
Week One 10/22/18
Week Two 10/29/18
Week Three 11/5/18
Week Four 11/12/18
Early Winter – Online (4 week format)
*Blackboard competencies need to be met by 1/16/19
Week One 1/21/19
Week Two 1/28/19
Week Three 2/4/2019
Week Four 2/11/2019
Late Winter – Hybrid (3 week format with 2 required meetings)
*Blackboard competencies need to be met by 3/8/19
3/15/19 face to face 1pm – 4pm (DEV classroom TBA)
3/22/19 (online, optional drop-in appts available) 1pm – 4pm EC513
3/29/19 face to face 1pm – 4pm (DEV classroom TBA)
Spring – Hybrid (3 week format)
*Blackboard competencies need to be met by 5/1/19
5/6/19 face to face 9-12 (EC513)
5/13/19 (online, optional drop-in appts available) 9am – 12pm EC513
5/20/19 face to face 9-12 (EC513)
Visit the IDeL Foundations web page for more information about Foundations and Blackboard Competencies.