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Online/Blended Learning Resources

Faculty Support for Online Courses

Santa Clara University focuses on delivering high-quality learning experiences by supporting faculty who design online courses for the undergraduate summer session and graduate online master degree programs. This support takes place in the Course Redesign Seminar (CRS), a combination of formal teaching sessions, informal consulting, community events and peer engagement.

Our Online/Blended Learning Specialist, Jeremy Kemp, works with faculty to leverage evidence-based pedagogical methods and principles of Ignatian pedagogy to design, develop, implement, and assess online programs and courses.  Additional partners in the CRS are the Instructional Technology Resource Specialists, Librarians, Media Systems Specialists and Graphics support. Staff resources are available to faculty who are contracted to teach fully online classes, as well as faculty who wish to develop online units to supplement instruction in face-to-face courses.

Faculty often tell us they adopt many of the online pedagogical approaches and tools into their face-to-face courses.

Course Redesign Seminar

All faculty teaching online courses for summer session are asked to take part in the course redesign seminar and receive a stipend for doing so.  Multiple sessions are scheduled throughout the year.

Winter Seminar: Runs the Week of January 15 through the Week ending March 9

Spring Seminar: April 2 week through the Week ending June 1

The 8-week seminar is divided into two parts. For six weeks, faculty attend face-to-face class sessions (once a week for 2 hours), participate in online discussions, and weekly mentoring sessions between meetings. The structured live sessions include content presentations, group and pair exercises, and presentations by faculty as they prepare courses. The online community portion includes directed discussions and peer assessment of materials from course designs that faculty want to share.

In addition to the face-to-face sessions, faculty work independently with active mentoring from the Online/Blended Learning Specialist, a librarian and the Instructional Technology Resource Specialists.  Weekly mentoring sessions are conducted remotely via webinar technology to model the distance mode, but face-to-face time is also available.

Faculty devote the final two weeks to finishing course content.

For more information on the Course Redesign Seminar, please contact Jeremy Kemp, (408) 551-1842.