The faculty of Religious Studies are adding an internet delivery option to a number of courses to enlarge the reach and scope of course availability and to provide additional options for students and Religious Studies Majors to complete their degrees.
Students are increasingly challenged by multiple personal, work and family obligations as well as constraints of financial pressures and time limitations. Creating a substantial selection of internet based courses for the Religious Studies major, allows more students to be able to successfully complete their BA degree. Quality asynchronous courses can also benefit adult learners who are interested in taking our courses for personal interest, regardless of their physical location.
As a Carolina Core GSS approved course, offering RELG 101 Exploring Religions in an online format will also benefit many Columbia campus students who cannot fit the necessary Carolina Course into their campus class schedule with their other classes.
Note that this course is needed (not just wanted - actually NEEDED) for Spring 2017.
Suggested Changes to the Syllabi for RELG 101, 204 & 205
1. Add statement “all learning outcomes in this online course are the same as face-to-face version of the course”
2. Explicitly state “this course is 100% asynchronous delivery with no in-class sessions.”
3. Add note re: rubrics for grading of [test,quiz,assignment, etc] will be posted on Blackboard
4. Pass/Fail option specified
5. Remove “text books to be purchased”
6. Specify “check Blackboard for updates weekly”
7. Specify number of quizzes
8. Specify that quizzes, tests, assignments, exams are “secured through Blackboard”
9. Introduce grading scale with simply “grading will be as follows” (removed “on a 100 point scale as we use percentages and not points)
10. Turn around time (with qualification) for grades to be posted
11. Move (copy) first sentence of student-instructor interaction (regarding video welcome and video lectures) to student-content interaction section.
Thank you InDEV Committee and Mardi McCabe for compiling these suggestions, Don Jordan
Patti, Please make the indicated changes, then re-submit. Doug
Proponent has addressed INDEV's concerns.