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Online Strategy Sub-Committee, Santa Fe Senate. Recommendations. Prepared by: Randy Handel Brett Holbrook Harry Hooper Jodi Long Dave Price Linda Tyson Dave Yonutas.

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Online strategy sub committee santa fe senate

Online Strategy Sub-Committee,Santa Fe Senate


Prepared by: Randy Handel

Brett Holbrook

Harry Hooper

Jodi Long

Dave Price

Linda Tyson

Dave Yonutas


  • Charges

    • Examine the need for setting quality standards for online courses

    • Examine the need for setting equivalency standards for online and onsite courses.

    • Identify academic integrity issues relating to online courses.


  • Spring 2010 – began meeting

  • Spring 2011 – Equivalency Form endorsed by Senate

  • Spring 2012 – bi-weekly meetings to identify other issues

  • Incorporated SACS requirements

  • Designed faculty survey on online instruction

  • Conducted the survey – May 2012

  • Recommendations to the Senate Executive Council – September 2012

See the survey results
See the Survey Results


  • Senate Web Page :

    OnLine Survey Results

    Approx. 50% of full time and 25% of part time faculty responded. It’s important!

Extreme Views from the Survey

  • Perceptions: “What difference does this question make? Aren't we trying to gather objective data with this survey?”

  • Integrity: “I think this is a losing battle and should not even be engaged … We can't waste 90% of our effort defeating the 10-15% who want to just collect financial aid or get by with cheating. We should focus on the good ones.”

The current situation
The Current Situation

  • Integrity

    • Faculty identified serious concerns re online integrity

    • SACS and Federal aid require student identity be confirmed

  • Equivalence

    • Faculty identified a need to demonstrate equivalence.

    • SACS requires equivalence

  • Quality

    • Faculty requested more administrative support for training, preparing, and delivering online courses.

  • Perceptions

    • Faculty believe public and students consider online courses a “soft” option.

    • Faculty believe it’s easier to cheat online

Survey results
Survey Results


  • 52% believe academic dishonesty is greater online. (6% of faculty believe academic dishonesty is greater onsite!)

  • 70% want specific college-wide online dishonesty guidelines.

  • 80% want proctored assessment for part of the final grade.


Committee recommendation 1
Committee Recommendation # 1

Academic Integrity

“At least 20% of the grade in all online and onsite courses be based on work performed in a proctored environment.”

  • (includes proctored online tests

  • (include the use of qualified, remote testing centers. )

  • (permit existing and new technological approaches to online proctoring.)

Survey results1
Survey Results


  • 73% of faculty want peer review of online courses

  • 70% of faculty want peer review of onsite courses

  • 77% of faculty want SF equivalence guidelines

Survey results2
Survey Results


  • 80% of faculty want LMS training.

  • 78% of faculty want online class design training.

  • 76% of faculty want online class delivery training.

  • Most faculty can identify one or more ways to improve online instructional quality.

  • 73% of faculty believe peer review of courses is a good idea.

Committee recommendation 2
Committee Recommendation # 2

Equivalence & Quality

“Documentedpeer and/or department chair reviews be completed for all online courses.”

  • (use committee equivalence form, library equivalence form, or other standardized documentation.)

  • (areas of equivalence to include learning outcomes, student workload, participation, grading standards, etc.)

  • (if lacking in equivalence or rigor, provide appropriate training in online course development and/or delivery)

Survey results3
Survey Results

Faculty Perception

  • Most students take online classes for “good” reasons.

  • 75% of faculty believe the public considers online classes are less rigorous or lack integrity compared to onsite classes.

Committee recommendation 3
Committee Recommendation #3


If recommendations #1 and #2 are passed:

“The administration allocates public relations budgets to informing the public, students, and faculty that

  • SF acts to ensure the academic integrity of degrees and diplomas involving online courses.

  • SF monitors its online courses to ensure quality and to maintain equivalence between online and onsite courses.”

The result
The Result

SF leadership in online education