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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