History: As early as 2008 a group of faculty, staff and administrators began exploring institutional mechanisms within academic affairs to enhance online education at BSC. That group’s work led to the formation of an ad hoc advisory committee formed in September 2009. Composed of people from instructional resources, academic affairs, and continuing and professional studies, the ad hoc advisory committee worked to ascertain faculty and student interest in online education, developed the online incentive program to support faculty development of online courses, established some guidelines for the range of support provided by instructional designers on campus, and maximized the relationship with the SUNY Learning Network. These efforts have grown to such an extent that a formal committee advising the provost about these matters is now required.
Purpose: The Online Education Advisory Committee advises the provost on matters related to online education. Its charge includes assuring there is adequate communication to campus constituents regarding initiatives in online education; keeping the campus informed regarding national and state matters related to online education; advising the provost about developments that affect the delivery, quality, and review of online teaching as well as the resources required to maintain quality programming.
Composition: The complex and unique nature of online education requires cooperation and consultation from various segments of the campus community--instructional resources, information systems and services, and academic affairs. Faculty representation on the committee is required, and those who serve need to have knowledge about and experience in online teaching. The committee will have up to six faculty representatives. The goal will be to have a representative from each academic school; however, since faculty experience and expertise is paramount, even distribution is not required. Further, since a Senate representative will expedite communication with that governing body, someone from the Instruction and Research Committee of the College Senate will sit on this committee as will the faculty development director.
Co-chairs: Kevin Railey, Associate Provost, and Margaret Shaw-Burnett, Associate VP for Continuing and Professional Studies
A&H: Barish Ali, English
NSS: Laurie Buonanno, Political Science
Education: Gerri Hura, Adult Education
Professions: John Thompson, CIS
Instructional Resources (up to two): Meghan Pereira, Senior Instructional Designer; Beth Burns, Instructional Designer
Information Systems and Services: Maryruth Glogowski, AVP
Faculty Development Director: Sue McMillen
College Senate, IR rep: Andrew Nicholls, History