Support for Online Courses at USFSP
The Office of Academic Affairs, with the support of the Deans, has established a multi-pronged program for the development and support of distance/online learning courses and course development. With the assistance of the Distance Learning Steering Committee and the Online Learning and Instructional Technology Services department of the Poynter Library, new guidelines and programs are being developed to provide appropriate and sustainable support to faculty and students operating in the online learning environment.
Descriptions of guidelines and programs in support of online learning at USFSP are listed on this website. Faculty should direct any questions they have about the forms or the processes to their Deans or their College’s administrative support staff.
Faculty Professional Development
Each College receives an allocation based on a percentage of the revenue that their online courses generate from the DL fee each semester to use for faculty professional development in support of online teaching and learning. Faculty will need to read the following guideline and fill out the form before submitting requests in order for their requests to be processed. Requests submitted outside of the process will be returned to the College.
Assistance Preparing or Offering an Online Course
Courses which are offered online, meet the State definition of a fully online course (at least 80% of the course offered online), and are properly coded in the Course Listing are eligible to receive support from the DL fund. Salaries of the instructor of record may not be paid from the DL Auxiliary Fund. Faculty will need to read the following guidelines and fill out the form before submitting requests in order for their requests to be processed. Requests submitted outside of the process will be returned to the College.
1. Faculty requesting assistance from the Library’s Online Learning and Instructional Technology Services department or requesting new technology or other specialized resources must read the guidelines for requesting services or technology, complete the service request form, and submit the request through their College Dean’s Office.
2. Faculty requesting either a Junior Instructional Designer (JID) or a Research Assistant (RA) to help with their online courses must read the requirements and job descriptions for a JID or RA listed below, complete the request form, and submit the request through their College Dean’s Office.
o USFSP Guidelines for JID/RA Support and Process for Requesting Support[pdf]
o Research Assistant Generic Job Description[pdf]
o Junior Instructional Designer Generic Job Description[pdf]
o Distance Learning Service/Funding Request Form[pdf]
Rationale and Source of Funding
Higher education is undergoing major transformations and changes in the initial decades of the twenty-first century. One such change is the expanding role of online education. It is vital that USFSP provides its students a robust pathway to online programs and courses appropriate to their increasingly complex learning needs and lifestyles. As our institution’s most valuable asset, faculty must also be afforded appropriate, quality professional development opportunities to advance their teaching acumen and technological skill set.
The funding for these programs comes primarily from the $50-per-credit-hour fee charged for fully online courses that is captured in the Distance Learning (DL) Auxiliary Fund. How the money from this fund may be spent is governed by Guidelines prepared by the State of Florida Distance Learning Task Force.
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Distance Learning Service/Funding Request Form [pdf]USFSP Guidelines for Professional Development and Process for Requesting Funding [pdf]USFSP Guidelines for Requesting Technology or Centralized Support Services [pdf]USFSP Guidelines for JID/RA Support and Process for Requesting Support [pdf]Research Assistant Generic Job Description [pdf]Junior Instructional Designer Generic Job Description [pdf]