This course is of high interest to students as a general elective and is a pre-requisite for a higher level departmental course. The department is currently unable to teach enough face-to-face sections to meet the course demand. Providing the course online will allow the department to offer larger sections, not bound by physical classroom space, and allow more students to complete the course. The course materials incorporate basic accessibility features, provide for appropriate learning activities, and allow for appropriate interaction. The instructor will work with a Center for Teaching Excellence instructional designer to ensure course components are ADA compliant.
The proposal indicates that this is a request for a new class. CRJU 311 already exists. The proposal should be revised to show that it is a request for a “change to existing course,” specify that it is a request to “change to course delivery only” (100% asynchronous web class), and include the necessary information under the “course delivery” section of the proposal.
At the end of the syllabus, the syllabus repeats. The second one, however, is not identical (for example, the first syllabus has 18 learning outcomes, whereas the second has only 12). There should be a single syllabus.
The syllabus should include a section outlining technical requirements (including the skills/abilities students will need, software, hardware, etc). In particular it would seem important to mention the need for a webcam during exams. Students accessing the class through a computer lab might not have a webcam.
One of the learning outcomes (#10) still states that students will be able to “…interrupt case law.” To interrupt means to interfere with the continuity of something. I suspect this phrase should read, “…interpret case law.”
Learning outcome #15 in the syllabus is not apparently relevant for CRJU 311, and nothing in the schedule suggests that the class will include content on criminological theories or their development. This learning outcome should be reconsidered or the content that will produce this outcome should be clarified.
The syllabus shows “total learning minutes excluding final exam: 6300.” This total appears to be based on the sum of learning minutes across the 14 modules. Near the end, however, the syllabus states, “The total learning minutes for this course are as follows: S2C 5460, S2I 32, and 840 S2S via Distant Learning.” Summing these results in a total of 6332 minutes. This inconsistency should be corrected. Also, the syllabus describes numerous activities under “Student-to-Instructor (S2I Interaction”. It does not seem realistic to expect that these can be accomplished in only 32 minutes during the term.
The “Blackboard Test Security” section of the syllabus includes notice that “students use their own computer and a webcam to record assessment sessions.” Thus, this statement indicates that a webcam is required. Under the “Technology” section, however, students are informed, “Students MUST have consistent and reliable access to a computer with the internet and Microsoft Word. No other equipment is required for this course.” It appears that a webcam is required equipment and, therefore, should be mentioned here.
I appreciate the efforts to again address my concerns, but two of the issues I noted in my previous feedback remain.
Respondus Monitor is still mentioned on page 12 of the syllabus. The description of this software no longer specifically mentions recording via webcam during exams (although it still acknowledges that “the student and surrounding environment will be recorded during the entire exam”). I have never used Respondus Monitor, but the description on the company website explicitly states, "Respondus Monitor is a companion application for LockDown Browser that uses webcam and video technology to prevent cheating during online exams" (emphasis added; http://www.respondus.com/products/monitor/index.shtml). Thus, it appears that a webcam will be required to record students during their test. I do not find this, in itself, problematic. On page 14 of the syllabus, however, students are informed that “No other equipment [besides a computer with internet access and MS Word] is required for this course.” If Respondus Monitor will be used, and a webcam will be required to do so, this statement is misleading. The inconsistency remains to be corrected.
My other remaining concern involves the estimated interaction within the course. On page 15 of the syllabus, you have corrected the number of learning minutes for each type of interaction so that they total 6,300, corresponding with the total number of minutes reported across modules. However, the statement on page 15 provides the following estimates: “S2C 5460, S2I 32, and 808 S2S.” The estimate of 32 minutes of interaction between the students and the instructor (1) does not seem realistic given the description of student-to-instructor interactions listed at the beginning of this section of the syllabus, and (2) it suggests insufficient involvement from the instructor. I expect an instructor to have a meaningful presence in a class, regardless of delivery format. The estimate of 32 minutes is only one-half of one percent of the students’ total learning minutes for the term.
All changes suggested by the INDEV committee have been completed.
effective term - Spring 2018