Online & Blended Teaching Excellence Program
The SSU Faculty Center offers an intensive, hands-on semester-long professional development course for online and blended instruction for up to 12 SSU Faculty. The program is co-facilitated by SSU faculty members Dr. Krista Wolcott and Dr. Kristin Denver. Participants will experience the experience of being an online student while simultaneously building a redesigned online or hybrid course to be offered in the upcoming semester. Participants in this program may be eligible to receive up to $2000 to complete the course. Bi-weekly sessions will cover best practices with online course design and delivery, and dedicated time is available with Faculty Center staff to help during the redesign process.
Consultations & Workshops
SSU Definitions of Online and Hybrid Teaching Modalities
Sonoma state defines the following course modalities in the SSU’s Online and/or Hybrid Instruction Policy:
- Online Course - A course where most or all of the content is delivered online. Typically has no face-to-face meetings.
- Hybrid Course (Blended) - A course that blends online and face-to-face delivery. A substantial proportion of the content is delivered online, typically uses online discussions, and typically has a reduced number of face-to-face meetings.
- Web-Facilitated Course - A course that uses web-based technology to facilitate what is essentially a face-to-face course. May use a course management system or web pages to post the syllabus and assignments. This is not considered an online or hybrid format.
Policies & Best Practices
Review the campus policy, the CSU Online Teaching Best Practices Rubric, QuARRy faculty examples, and Universal Design/Accessibility considerations. We are committed to supporting instructional design and facilitation that promotes student engagement and success.
- SSU’s Online and/or Hybrid Instruction Policy (Policy #2013-1)
- Master Catalog Course Change Form for Existing Courses (MCCCF)
- Classes scheduled as hybrid or fully-online must be approved for that delivery mode in the SSU catalog. If your class has not been approved for your proposed delivery mode, please consult with your department about submitting an MCCCF.
- MCCCFs must be submitted to EPC for review no later than the corresponding due date for each term in order to be considered. Review the call for proposals.
- General information on how to propose a course/program with School of Extended & International Education (Summer, and Fall/Spring Special Sessions
- CSU Best Practices For Blended and Online Courses
- CSU Online Learning and Teaching Rubric Quick 2-Page Overview
- QOLT Rubric Self-Assessment/Peer Assessment Instrument
- CSU QuARRy Faculty Exemplars by Objectives From QOLT Rubric
- CSU Quality Assurance Program
- Universal Design/Accessibility
- SSU Accessible Technology Initiative -Documents and Multimedia
- CSU Faculty Information Page about Universal Design/Accessibility
- Plan for Accessibility, Use a Production Plan
- Production Plan Template (blank)
- Sample Production Plan
Online Learning Platform (Canvas)
Canvas, SSU’s learning platform, is available to all faculty teaching SSU courses, regardless of the course is taught face-to-face or fully online. Several Canvas courses/sections may be merged ("metacourse") into a single course. Additionally, content may be copied from semester to semester. Students are automatically enrolled in Canvas.
Faculty provides students with flexible ways of learning when they use Canvas to:
- Share accessible syllabi, lecture recordings, affordable learning materials, library resources, and online multimedia.
- Engage students with collaborative learning activities including forums, pages, assignments, and Zoom web conferencing session.
- Assess student learning and provide them with timely feedback with interactive quizzes, annotated comments, peer-review activities, integrated rubrics, academic integrity checks with Turnitin, and an online gradebook.
- Communicate with the class and individual students with Canvas Inbox, forums, and web conferencing (via Zoom).
- Collect student work with Canvas activities such as assignments, forums, and Turnitin Framework.
- Web conference to meet your entire class online or invite remote guest speakers into your class with Zoom web conferencing. Zoom includes webcam, voice, chat, screen-share for PowerPoint and other applications, and chat.