[Socrates] Jan 7-21: workshop on teaching online

timothy eaton teaton at qc.cuny.edu
Mon Dec 10 11:56:13 EST 2012

Having completed one of these "asynchronous" January workshop courses 
myself, I wanted to provide some perspective for those considering 
registering, and feedback for you to communicate to those who organize them.

I had some experience with Blackboard before the course itself - I guess 
I am pretty proficient now in benefiting from the advantages of 
Blackboard while minimizing the extra time involved in using the system. 
I do continue to use Blackboard because I think it helps students by 
providing easy access to audiovisual material online. Despite this 
experience, much of which I had beforehand, I found the compensation 
offered (for 10 hours over 2 wks) woefully undervalues and understates 
the minimal time required: it is more like 20 hours simply to meet the 
very basic expectations of participation in the workshop.

It is great that CUNY is providing these opportunities for professional 
development in using online resources.  It is very unfortunate that the 
university seems to see hybrid/online offerings as a way of providing 
courses on the cheap without addressing the very real extra time demands 
on faculty for implementing such courses.  Setting realistic time and 
compensation values for these workshops and assigning extra faculty 
workload hours for hybrid and online courses would go a long way toward 
correcting these problems.


On 12/8/2012 3:00 PM, Eva Fernandez wrote:
> Dear colleagues:
> Registration is now open for a workshop on teaching online, scheduled 
> for January 7 to 21 (2013), offered by the CUNY School of Professional 
> Studies and sponsored by the CUNY Office of Academic Affairs.  This 
> workshop, taught entirely online, offers foundational training for 
> faculty who will be teaching an online or hybrid class.
> Your commitment to teach an online or hybrid course must be firm, and 
> must be approved by your departmental chair.  Compensation (if you 
> complete the workshop and are scheduled to teach an online or hybrid 
> course) is for 10 hours at your non-teaching adjunct rate (with a 
> maximum total of $550).
> A detailed description of the workshop and application materials are 
> available here:
> http://cunyonline.commons.gc.cuny.edu/
> Please let me know if you have any questions.
> Best wishes,
> Eva.
> Eva M. Fernández
> Assistant Vice Provost
> Director, Center for Teaching & Learning
> http://people.qc.cuny.edu/faculty/efernandez | http://www.qc.cuny.edu/ctl
> Queens College, City University of New York
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Prof. Timothy Eaton
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