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Driehaus College of Business Excellence in Online Teaching Award

The Driehaus College of Business Online Experience Committee is pleased to welcome nominations for the 2018 Excellence in Online Teaching Award. This award is designed to recognize part-time and full-time business faculty who have demonstrated excellence in online teaching through one or more of the following:

  • Development of Course Content
  • Assessment of student learning in an online environment
  • Content Delivery
  • Distinctive Pedagogical Features

  1. Full-time and Part-time faculty, self-nominated or nominated by a colleague.
  2. Taught a fully online course for the Driehaus College of Business or Kellstadt Graduate School of Business in the 2016-2017 academic year.
  3. Taught at least three sections of online coursework over the past three calendar years.

Nomination Process:
To be considered for this award, submit the following to James Moore, Director of Online Learning, at (ex officio) prior to 9:00am on April 1, 2018:

  1. Copy of course syllabi
  2. 500-word narrative highlighting the reasons why the nominee should be considered for the award
  3. Examples of unique online course materials you have used over time, focused on: feedback & coaching, development of course content, assessment, content delivery, distinctive pedagogical features

  • Other applicable materials (online teaching evaluation, letter of support, etc.)

The awardee will receive a plaque and college-wide recognition.

Allotting Class Time For Online Teaching Evaluations

Message from Dan Heiser about allotting class time for online teaching evaluations:

As you finalize your syllabi for the Fall quarter, you should consider including a paragraph covering the course’s online teaching evaluations, including potentially setting aside time in your schedule for students to use their mobile phones to complete the evaluations during scheduled class time. Here is the Faculty Council approved guidance on the topic:

“Instructors teaching face-to-face classes may allow students to perform course evaluations during class time, at any moment throughout the designated evaluation period, or instructors may choose to let students complete evaluations on their own time, outside of class. An instructor who chooses to allow evaluations to take place during class time should:

  • Communicate in advance to students the day in which evaluations will be conducted, in order to allow students to plan for access to a mobile device. Ideally this information should be contained in the course syllabus;
  • Allow sufficient time to complete the evaluation;
  • Leave the room while students are completing the evaluations, in order to protect anonymity;
  • Encourage students without a mobile device to find a publicly available DePaul computer to complete the evaluations at the same time as their peers

In the interest of eliminating potential bias in the results, instructors should not offer incentives of any kind to students for completing the evaluations.

Your cooperation in allowing students in face-to-face courses to fill out evaluations in class will help provide more complete feedback to you and your academic unit.”

The operating assumption is that your response rates (and measurement accuracy) will increase if you allow students class time to complete the online teaching evaluations.
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