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Call for Participants: Expanding Hybrid and Online Programs at Queens College

The Center for Teaching & Learning and the Office of the Provost invite Queens College departments in all four Academic Divisions to apply to participate in a semester-long activity whose objective is to expand online education at the College.   Funded projects will serve as models for future hybrid and online academic programming.

Funding1 will support four departmental teams (three faculty each) who will work to expand online or hybrid programming in their department; we will also consider interdepartmental proposals.  (CUNY definitions for Mode of Instruction are provided here: http://ctl.qc.cuny.edu/mode-of-instruction/.)  Special priority will be given to proposals with one of the following foci:

  • a degree or certificate program (new or existing) that will be at least 50% online, but preferably fully online;
  • online versions of “bottleneck” courses;
  • online offerings of at least one course each at the 100-, 200-, and 300-levels in a major with high enrollments.

Faculty teams will be guided in their work through a series of in-person meetings and online activities, and will receive group support and individual consultations from experts in online pedagogies and instructional technologies.  The semester-long activity will include all-day in-person meetings (10am to 4pm) on the following days, each with distinct objectives:

  • January 19-20: refine project objectives; review existing guidelines for online courses and develop project-specific policies and procedures; learn about existing resources for faculty and student support for teaching and learning with technology; survey existing online instructional technologies.
  • February 26: examine curricular sequence; align proposed program with departmental learning goals.
  • March 18: develop syllabi, materials, assignments; review processes for verification of identity and authentic assignments; review workload management processes.
  • April 15: discuss student online learning readiness; review mode of instruction in CUNYfirst and processes for disseminating information to students; explore assessment plans.
  • June 6-7: present plan to group and to guests from other departments and the administration; develop plan for ongoing institutionalization of college-wide policies, and for the submission of proposals to New York State Education Department and to Middle States.

We will also schedule three symposia, open to the college at large (speakers and topics to be determined based on the needs of the participating departments), on topics related to online teaching and learning.

Project deliverables: The departmental teams will be responsible for producing the following by June 30, 2016:

  • A five-year plan for how the program/courses will be delivered and assessed
  • Departmental guidelines, processes, and procedures for scheduling online or hybrid courses

Participating faculty will each receive a $4,000 stipend (non-teaching adjunct salary, half disbursed in January 2016, the other half in June 2016 upon completion of the required activities and submission of deliverables) in partial compensation for their time spent on the project.

Participating departments will have access to up to $8,000 in OTPS to acquire technology that will move the project forward.  This might include laptops to distribute to faculty in the department and specialized software or hardware not available by other sources.  All OTPS funds must be spent by June 30, 2016.

Smaller initiatives to bring sets of courses online or hybrid will also be considered and should be submitted directly to the Office of the Provost.

The deadline to apply is Friday, December 11.  Application: http://goo.gl/forms/M1BAM2bRU0

Applicants will be notified by Friday, December 18.

If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Fraboni, Director of the Center for Teaching & Learning, or Eva Fernández, Acting Assistant Provost.


1Support for this project comes from a grant to Queens College from the CUNY Office of Academic Affairs, as part of the 2015-2016 Strategic Investment Initiative.

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