The Office of Distance Education provides a wealth of support for St. John’s faculty. Through workshops, consultations, and online resources, faculty members are offered a variety of ways to improve their online and hybrid courses, teaching skills, and pedagogical approach
St. John's offers the same services to our online students that are available to our on-campus students. Our services can be delivered via a variety of methods (email, phone, Skype, etc.) so you never have to come to campus.
Faculty members need to be certified to teach hybrid and fully online asynchronous courses at St. John’s University. Hybrid courses substitute any classroom-based teaching with online learning activities.
Structured faculty development opportunities include Online Teaching Essentials, a course designed to introduce online teaching; Advanced Online Teaching Strategies, which focuses on more complex course designs and pedagogies; and workshops for learning and improving specific skills.
The Office of Distance Education instructional design team meets with individual faculty or departments to help design effective and engaging online and hybrid courses. The instructional design team assists with course design, technology integration, and pedagogy, as well as provides tips and tricks for both experienced instructors and those new to teaching online.
In order to support their teaching, St. John’s University and the Office of Distance Education have created and collected an array of resources faculty may use to enhance the design and improve the quality of their online course(s).
The Office of Distance Education provides a wealth of support for St. John’s faculty. Through workshops, consultations, and online resources, faculty members are offered a variety of ways to improve their online and hybrid courses, teaching skills, and pedagogical approach.
Distance learning includes any instruction that substitutes out-of-classroom teaching and learning for state mandated face-to-face teaching and learning.
The Provost is responsible for assuring the quality of all distance learning across the institution with assistance from the Interim Executive Director of Distance Education and the Vice and Associate Provosts. The Deans and department chairs are responsible for the quality of distance learning programs within their respective schools, colleges and departments.
The Provost ensures that knowledgeable personnel administer distance-learning programs, with adequate time and resources to accomplish the task. This will be accomplished primarily through the Office of Distance Education and the offices of the Deans of schools and colleges and the chairs of departments.
The institution will maintain a comprehensive, viable technology plan for distance learning. It will ensure that distance learning programs and related support services have appropriate technical support.
The same faculty qualifications will be applied to distance education programs as to all other academic programs, but as in the past faculty members may not teach distance-learning courses unless approved by the Provost as appropriately prepared in distance learning pedagogy on advice of a faculty committee. The committee will develop, implement and maintain this process for preparing and approving faculty members to teach distance-learning courses and to sustain faculty professional development in online learning. The process will recognize that teaching in the distance learning environment requires student-centered pedagogical and communication strategies to function effectively, and that the faculty member and the institution share responsibility for assuring effectiveness.
The institution will maintain a clear policy on ownership of course materials developed for its distance education courses; this policy will be shared with all faculty and staff involved in distance education at the institution. The current policy is that faculty members own course materials that they develop without substantial use of University resources. The University owns course materials developed with substantial use of University resources, and faculty members are entitled to royalties from University-owned courses on the same terms as patents. Faculty members may negotiate other terms with the University prior to developing course materials. A copy of this policy will be sent to each faculty member assigned to teach a distance-learning course and each staff member involved in developing distance learning materials.
Class size is limited to 25 per taught by an unassisted faculty member to permit appropriate interactions between students and faculty members. A lower limit may be appropriate for some courses or programs. This policy will be reviewed annually for continued appropriateness as the University has more experience and technology and techniques improve.
The Provost will maintain a process for approving programs and monitoring and evaluating them on an annual basis. They will only be approved if they are of high quality and satisfy the following requirements. They will be evaluated annually to ensure that they continue to do so:
Approved by the Provost’s Council November 7, 2002.
St. John’s course ownership policy stipulates that faculty members own course materials unless St. John’s University provides substantial use of University resources for their creation; the faculty member is then entitled to any royalties resulting from licensing the course for use. St. John’s notifies a faculty member when the assistance that they request will be at this level.
Since 1870, St. John’s University has educated over 140,000 students from all walks of life for rewarding personal and professional lives through our outstanding undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and registered with the New York State Education Department, St. John’s online degree and certificate programs enable adult learners to get a high-quality education in a flexible and convenient format.
For a complete listing of program-specific accreditations, please see below.
Federal regulations require that colleges and universities that participate in Title IV funding and offer degree programs through distance or online education to students in other states must seek approval from those states to offer such programs. St. John’s University is approved by The State of New York to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA). NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education. As a participant in NC-SARA, St. John’s University is authorized to offer its online degree programs to residents of all other states that participate in NC-SARA. For additional information on NC-SARA and the list of states that participate, please visit their website at www.nc-sara.org.
As a provider of distance or online education, St. John’s University is also required by the United States Department of Education to provide all prospective and current out-of-state students with contact information for the appropriate agency in their home state that handles complaints against institutions offering distance learning within that state. Students are expected to first attempt to resolve any complaints directly with St. John's University through the established Student Complaint Process. The process also includes guidelines for appeal if a resolution to a complaint is not satisfactory.
Middle States Commission on Higher Education3624 Market Street, 2nd Floor West, Philadelphia, PA 19104Telephone: (267) 284–5000E-mail: [email protected] Spanish: españ[email protected]
The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
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