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GOLD Eligibility and Program Description
Eligible Faculty and Courses
All RIT faculty, including adjuncts, are eligible for GOLD. Preferably, faculty will have had experience teaching the course she or he will be working on, though not necessarily in an online format.
Acceptance of applications may be determined by student demand for the course.
Courses must be fully online, and can be designed for any of RIT’s term schedules:
- 14-week summer
- 7-week summer
Department Heads must agree that courses developed through the program will be offered online during the upcoming academic year.
Development Program Components
All faculty will have a TLS Instructional Design Researcher and Consultant (IDRC) assigned to them to provide assistance throughout the online design and teaching process.
Faculty will meet face-to-face with peers to learn about and explore online course design and teaching, and share their ideas and progress on their online courses. Cohorts will meet five times during the program term; faculty accepted to the program are expected to attend at least three meetings.
TLS will provide targeted technical support for developing and teaching online courses, including on-demand training sessions on supported RIT Academic Technologies and resources (myCourses, Adobe Connect, Camtasia Studio, RIT Wiki, etc.) or web-based/third-party applications that can enhance their courses.
Design Review: Teaching and Learning Services will review course designs and materials against the Online Course Quality Checklist (OCQC), and will provide faculty with specific feedback before the course opens to students.
Week 2 check-in: During Week 2 of course delivery, IDRCs will review the course with the faculty member to identify any issues, and to address any questions or concerns from faculty.
Reflections and Course Improvement Plan: After the course has run, faculty will submit a plan for improving the next offering of the online course. TLS provides a structured template for this reflection and improvement plan.