College of Humanities

Policies for the Assignment and Evaluation of Online Teaching

The following policies are provided to assist the College of Humanities department Chairs and Coordinators in the assignment and evaluation of online courses.  These policies and procedures are to be implemented for the Fall, 2012 semester.

Assigning Online Courses

Assignment of teaching, including online, distance learning, service-learning, and laboratory classes, “are determined by the appropriate administrator after consultation with the department chair or designee and/or the individual faculty member (CBA, Article 20).”  Decisions about assigning online courses, who is qualified to teach them and when to offer these courses are based on the programmatic needs of the College and the Department.  For the College of Humanities, the following policies and procedures are to be followed in the assignment of online courses:

  • Faculty members who are interested in teaching online courses must first attend at least one Moodle workshop and/or arrange for one-on-one training from another faculty member in the College who has taught a minimum of 12 units of on-line teaching.
  • Faculty who are interested in teaching online courses are required to participate in Elluminate and Turnitin workshops for synchronous teaching and online submission of work. Contact the Academic Technology Center (http://www.csun.edu/it/academic-technology) for scheduling information.
  • No faculty member may teach more than two online courses in any semester.  Exceptions to teaching more than two online courses may be allowed if teaching more than two online courses per semester will benefit the programmatic needs of the College.  Exceptions will be reviewed and granted by the Dean.
  • Courses that are not designated as online may not be changed into online or hybrid courses after enrollment has begun. 

Evaluation of Online Courses

We recommend that department Chairs and Coordinators follow the procedures for evaluating teaching effectiveness for probationary, tenured, and part-time faculty as outlined in Sections 600 and 700 for evaluating their online courses.  In addition, we recommend the following for online teaching:

  • Consistent with Section 600, student evaluations are required for all faculty who teach, including faculty who teach online courses.  Unless department procedures require more, the number of classes to be evaluated each year is a “minimum  of two (2) classes annually.” For faculty who teach online classes, a minimum  of one online class annually will be required to have student evaluations.
  • Peer class visits of online courses should take place as part of the performance or periodic review process including reviews for RTP, appointment or reappointment,  or post-tenure review.
  • It is the responsibility of the department Chair or Coordinator or their designees to conduct peer class visits, including faculty who teach online courses. The person conducting the peer visit should be a tenured faculty member, and in the case of peer visits of associate professors,  the peer reviewer should be at the rank of full professor.
  • We recommend that faculty who teach online  be evaluated by the Chair or designee when they teach their first online class and thereafter at least once for every 24 units of online teaching or at least once every three years, whichever comes sooner.  This is a minimum requirement. More class visits may be required by the Department or requested by the faculty.

On-Line Office Hours and Student Access to Faculty

  • All COH faculty must hold and report in their syllabus regularly scheduled office hours (minimum of one weekly hour for 3 units of instruction) as part of their instructional workload.  Faculty who teach online courses  must hold and report office hours via a chat room or other technology that facilitates faculty/student interaction.