The number of blended and fully online courses is increasing every year here at Shawnee State University. Currently more than 80 courses are offered in a blended or fully online format.
These courses are found in every department throughout the university. The majority of courses are offered through Blackboard, the primary learning management system for SSU. Adobe Connect is an additional web-based tool that can be used to enhance online learning. It provides synchronous and/or asynchronous communication. Most recently Echo 360, a lecture capture system, has been added to our collection for further enhancement of instruction at a distance.
This Departmental Guide for Distance Learning Courses (pdf) provides information on blended and online course development as well as a containing a copy of the adapted QM Rubric as well as a Course Template.
This guide is currently undergoing revision. The revised version will be posted once it is completed and approved.
Information on the course approval process for existing courses being taught for the first time as hybrid/blended or online courses or newly developed courses (f2f and hybrid/blended or online) may be found in these documents. There is a narrative policy description as well as flow chart formats.
Be sure to direct your students to these databases for the most efficient and free resources through our library system
Please note the scheduling procedures for listing blended/hybrid or 100% online courses. It is important to accurately list the percentages as this has implications for our international students as well as for reports that are submitted to OBR.
The Distance Learning Committee is comprised of representatives from departments in the university. Membership on the committee is for two years. The committee meets on a regular basis throughout the academic year. Tasks include but are not limited to reviewing the Departmental Guide for Distance Learning Courses to insure its contents support current research and trends in the area of Distance Learning, relaying communications directly to their respective departments about Distance Learning and assisting in maintaining up-to-date information on blended and online courses at SSU
The Director of Distance Learning, Jeradi Cohen, is a faculty member in the Teacher Education Department. Among the tasks she performs in this role are serving as chair of the Distance Learning Committee, designing and delivering professional development activities related to online learning for full-time faculty as well as adjuncts as well as acting as spokesperson for Distance Learning at SSU. Her contact information is firstname.lastname@example.org or 351-3048. Please feel free to contact Jeradi for questions about Distance Learning.
Students may take an online readiness survey to determine their likelihood of success when taking an online course here at SSU. The link to the survey is found on the MySSU page. After logging in, look at the link choices across the top of the page under Shawnee State's name. Click on Student. The survey will appear in the right-hand column of the page. It takes about ten minutes to complete and will provide you and us with valuable information planning online courses in the future.