• CAPS online

DEFINITION OF COURSES USING ONLINE TECHNOLOGIES
Proportion of content delivered online Type of course Description
0% Traditional F2F No technology used
1% to 29% Web-enhanced Course uses LMS to facilitate F2F course
30% to 80% Blended Course uses F2F classes and online classes
100% Online Course is fully online with no F2F classes
DEVELOPMENT STIPEND

Faculty who develop new courses may receive a development stipend in recognition of the time needed to develop an online course. Both new and experienced faculty must complete the Blackboard training and online pedagogy consultation requirements, and make a streamed video introduction to the course, before they are eligible for the development stipend. Details can be found here: http://capsonline.umb.edu/resources-for-faculty/new-instructor/. Faculty receive the stipend for a full online course and for a blended course where 50% of the course is delivered online. Contact capsonline@umb.edu for details.

EMAIL POLICY

CAPS communicates with instructors through their @umb email addresses, and instructors are responsible for regularly checking their @umb email. Instructors should expect to reply to students’ emails within 24 hours during the week and 48 hours over the weekend. Instructional designers are available to help instructors with strategies to manage email to reduce the load. Contact elearning@umb.edu for help.

ENROLLMENT OVER COURSE CAP

Online instructors are paid an additional $100 for each student enrolled in a class over the standard course cap. For undergraduate courses, the standard cap is 25; for graduate classes, the standard cap is 20. The teaching contract itself is sent to instructors by the CAPS HR office as soon as it is clear the course has enough enrollment to run, so that the instructor will be on the CAPS payroll. Courses are reviewed after the add/drop period to identify any needed payment adjustments.

EXAM POLICY

In CAPS, exams or final assessment for all courses should be held during the last class of the course. In online courses, this would mean during the 13th week of the course.

HOW COLLEGE OF ADVANCING AND PROFESSIONAL STUDIES STUDENTS REGISTER

UMB matriculated students register through their student Wiser accounts. They can register in April for fall courses.

Non-matriculated students can register by mail, fax or by using the shopping cart function on the CAPS website: https://www.umb.edu/academics/caps/online

CAPS support staff cannot enroll a student into a course. The CAPS registrar (currently sarah.bartlett@umb.edu) can help with special situations.

ONLINE COURSE SYNCHRONOUS CONFERENCING

We recommend that all online courses offer at least 2 synchronous sessions using our Blackboard Collaborate tool. How to use this tool is included in instructor training. Information about Blackboard Collaborate can be found at http://elearning.umb.edu/webconferencing/students/. Instructors should include information about dates and times of course meetings in Blackboard Collaborate in the course syllabus.

The web conferencing team is headed by Linda Sudlesky who is both a web conferencing specialist and an instructional designer.

ROYALTY FOR ORIGINAL COURSE DEVELOPER WHO ALLOWS ANOTHER INSTRUCTOR USE OF ONLINE COURSE

A $500 royalty is paid to the course developer when an alternative instructor teaches an online course using the material of the original course developer. Permission must be given by the developer for the use of the material. The royalty is paid for a fully online course and for a blended course where 50% or more of the content is online.

TEACHING CONTRACT AND PAYMENT QUESTIONS

Questions on your teaching contract and on payment issues should be directed to the CAPS HR office: joe.lally@umb.edu.

TRAINING FOR ONLINE COURSE DEVELOPMENT AND TEACHING

Information about training requirements can be found on the CAPSOnline website: http://capsonline.umb.edu/resources-for-faculty/new-instructor/.

UMB ONLINE INCOMPLETE POLICY

The grade incomplete (INC) is reported only where a portion of the assigned or required class work, or the final examination, has not been completed because of serious illness, extreme personal circumstances, or scholarly reasons at the request of the instructor. If the student’s record is such that he or she would fail the course regardless of the missing work, he or she fails.

Permission of the instructor must be obtained and the form for Grade Incomplete must be completed. These forms can be obtained from the appropriate departmental offices.

A student receiving the grade of incomplete (INC) is allowed one year in which to complete the course. The new grade must be submitted to the Registrar by the grading deadline for that semester, e.g. by the end of the next fall for a fall semester incomplete. The grade for any course not completed by this deadline will be converted to the grade of ‘F’.

For online courses: The instructor and the student requesting the incomplete agree on a plan to make up the course work within the year allowed. The online instructor can propose 2 possible options. 1) An online course remains open for 30 days after it ends. A student can opt to finish the work during that 30-day period. 2) If appropriate, the instructor can contact elearning@umb to request that a student receiving an incomplete be re-enrolled in the online course the next time the course is taught. The student is expected to finish the course and receive a grade. The student does not register and pay for the course but the registrar and CAPSOnline should be informed that the student is legitimately in the course to make up the grade. Once the work is completed and a grade is achieved, the instructor notifies the Registrar’s Office.

WAITING LIST

UMB students can get on a waiting list through their WISER account. If the waiting list function is not activated for your course contact the CAPS registrar. PeopleSoft pulls students off the waiting list if a vacancy appears in your course below the course cap. PeopleSoft DOES NOT notify the student when he is enrolled in the course from the waiting list.

Non-UMB students must email instructors for permission and then registers by mailing or faxing the permission email with the completed registration to the Registrar’s office. Contact the Registrar’s office for more information: https://www.umb.edu/registrar/contact_us.

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