Online Undergraduate Course Initiative (OUCI) 2017-18

New Re-Design Projects in Development for Coming Year

Instructors working on designEach year a number of pioneering instructors receive OUCI funding for redesign of their undergraduate courses to leverage the opportunities online instruction offer their learners. To date, more than 30 fully online courses have been launched. This year, the support available from the Vice-Provost Innovations in Undergraduate Education has been extended to include hybrid course formats as well. Wondering about the meaning of the term “hybrid?” The CTSI web site notes:

A hybrid course is one in which face-to-face teaching time is reduced, but not eliminated. At the University of Toronto, a course is considered to be hybrid if at least 30% of scheduled class time is replaced by online activities. Instruction may be offered via synchronous or asynchronous web‐based learning technologies, including video, discussion, collaborative tools or self-directed learning modules.

We are excited to have a mix of both online and hybrid courses in development this summer. As part of our support strategy for the group exploring the hybrid format we offered new specialized programming via webinar, followed by participation in the May 2017 Course Design Institute offered by CTSI. The hybrid option is popular in professional masters programs, and a faculty team from OISE also joined the institute with course redesign for this flexible format in mind.

The course redesign projects currently in development are as follows:

Instructor Dept / Division Course Offering
Hybrid Courses    
Gerhard Trippen Rotman Commerce Operations Mangement
Alex Koo Philosophy, FAS Modern Symbolic Logic
Don Boyes Geography & Planning, FAS Geographic Information and Mapping I

Geographic Information and Mapping II

Rosa Hong, Safieh Moghaddam, Ivan Chow, Caroline LeBrec Language Studies, UTM English Grammar II

English Words through Space and Time

Andrea Olive Environment/Poli-Sci, UTM Environmental Justice
Sherida Ryan, Carly Manion, Kiran Mirchandani, Coleen Scully-Stewart Adult Education, OISE Leadership, Higher and Adult Education have received an ITIF Grant to convert several courses to a hybrid model by first developing a standard framework and then building out the necessary resources.
Fully Online Courses    
Jennifer Harris Study of Religion, FAS The Study of Religion
Marie Visoi French, FAS Reading and Writing Fiction and Non-fiction in French
Barb Murck Environment, UTM Natural Hazards: Risk and Vulnerability

The fully online course instructors also met for a design planning and sharing session in June, which featured sharing of course concept maps, and collective “barrier-busting” to brainstorm solutions to sticky problems. Our congratulations to all recipients of the OUCI funding! Stay tuned to hear about the results.

Image of Instructor and planning notes

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