This is a special topics course; the topic changes from semester to semester. This summer, we would like to offer a special topics course on the social determinants of health in an online format only. This distributed version of the course will give students the opportunity to take and receive credit for the course while away from the USC Columbia campus. This creates additional flexibility in the public health and undergraduate courses that students may take when they may be on campus during the fall and spring semesters.
I approve conditionally upon acceptance of proponent's comments.
Please include a statement a regarding accessibility of course material in the Provisions for Course Content Interactions section of the proposal.
Here are two examples you can modify and use:
Accessibility Statement Example 1 The professor will meet with an instructional designer at the Center for Teaching Excellence (or department/college ID staff) to ensure that the course materials posted on Blackboard incorporate basic accessibility features. The course syllabus includes an accessibility statement that encourages students with disabilities to register with the Office of Student Disability services; should a student with a registered disability enroll in the course, the professor will work with the Office to make any additional accommodations appropriate to that student’s needs.
Accessibility Statement Example 2 All documents including syllabus and description of assignments will be provided in both accessible Word and PDF formats. For instance, documents will have proper headings, alternative text, and properly labeled links where necessary. Likewise, PowerPoint slides will be made accessible by providing alternative text where necessary, ordering textboxes and other recommended ways of making PPTs accessible. Recorded lectures (if a part of the course) will be accompanied with transcripts in accessible Word and PDF formats.
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Comments from the InDEV On-Line Courses Committee
USC Palmetto College
Ref: HPEB 492
Summary of Comments
March 23, 2017
The INDEV met and decided to return the proposal. The following is a summary of changes needed:
How will the final exam and the quizzes be secured? Do students need any special software in order to take the final exam? Are the quizzes graded automatically by the system
HPEB 492 has been conditionally approved pending a few revisions:
Please put the course number, 492, on syllabus.
The lectures are 60 learning minutes. Research indicates that online delivery lectures should be no longer than 30 minutes (due to retention issues). Could you break the lectures up into smaller segments?
The learning minutes seem somewhat arbitrary. For example, the introductory assignment is allocated 60 minutes, the syllabus quiz is allocated 45 minutes, the instructor responses are allocated 90 minutes each. These learning minutes seem high. Either justify/explain the rationale or reallocate the learning minutes.
The points do not add up properly for week 2 and week 3.
The "mini-research assessment" requires 3600 minutes. Is this accurate or a typo? Please explain/justify.
Include the point distribution for each grade (e.g., 250-225 points=A).
Because students could theoretically be taking this course outside of the state of SC, it would be wise to place the phrase "Eastern Standard Time" (EST) behind the time (i.e., re: due dates and times).
There needs to be a statement about how quizzes/exams are administered and secured.
There is ambiguity in the "replies" area of rubric. See description for acceptable and unacceptable, and the possibility for not completed.
Once these changes are made, the course will be approved and forwarded.