Buffalo State requires that all faculty teaching in an online environment either be trained by our staff in best practices or have previous expertise to teach in that environment. Best practices are outlined by the SUNY Learning Network, are guided by the Quality Matters rubric, and are implemented through the Instructional Resources staff, who conduct trainings and guide initial course creation. Appropriate expertise is monitored by chairs and associate deans, who monitor faculty teaching assignments and course scheduling.
Faculty members with no prior experience teaching in an online environment do a self-assessment to ascertain their readiness for such teaching and then experience training either through the SUNY Learning Network or through an in-house training program conducted by our instructional designers. Instructional designers grant initial approval of course design for those who undergo the in house training, and chairs and associate deans in the four schools review the course scheduling of online courses.
All online courses conform to the expectations for all courses at Buffalo State. Online courses meet the same learning objectives as other courses and are part of the institution's usual assessment processes and practices. Online courses also have the same workload expectations of other courses---student activity comparable to five hours a week for fifteen weeks. Processes in online courses take many forms, some different from face-to-face; however, despite the different methods of delivery and participation, the workload expected is comparable to other courses.
Academic Policies and Procedures
- I:10:00 - Credit/Contact Hour Relationship
- I:12:00 - Role of Computing in Academic Departments
- I:16:00 - Course Procedures and Grading Policies
- I:16:01 - Critique and Evaluation Period (CEP)
- I:16:04 - Grading (Internal Controls)