Faculty Development Programs

Summer Online Training Program (SOT)


The Summer Online Training Program (SOT) is a summer 2018 program that provides individual support to faculty members who are redesigning an existing course for online delivery.  Faculty members meet regularly with an instructional designer to collaborate on the design and development of their course.  In addition, SOT participants meet with other colleagues in a group setting to share their work and receive feedback.  Online activities are also planned to provide faculty members with the experience of participating in an online course.

Applicants must be available for training sessions with instructional designers during the summer (e.g. June 1-August 1, approximately). 

Who Can Participate?

All faculty members and instructional academic staff members are welcome to participate in the Summer Online Training Program.  Participation and selection of participants is at the discretion of individual departments, programs, and/or colleges.  Because funding for participants is distributed to individuals when the designated course is offered online, participants are asked to discuss plans with corresponding department chair persons, program directors, and/or deans to confirm that the planned course is appropriate as an online offering and the participant will be listed as the instructor on record to teach this course during an upcoming term.

Individuals may participate in the Summer Online Training Program by developing a different course from the one previously developed by the individual through the Online Teaching Institute.  Faculty members wishing to make significant changes to an existing online course, previously developed through the Online Teaching Institute, are encouraged to apply for the Online Course Redesign program. On a space-available basis, faculty who have already converted a specific course to an online format through either the OTI or OCR and who want to revise the same course may be considered. In such a case, if a person is selected to participate, the compensation will be 50 percent.

Different individuals may develop the same course through the Summer Online Training Program.  Planning to have a different individual develop the same course on a consistent basis is not recommended.  Situations do arise that require the same course to be developed by two different faculty members.  (For example, an individual teaching a course section online for a number of terms may be unable to teach the course during a particular period or needs to teach a different course for a specific program, department, or college.  A course with multiple sections offered online may require more than one instructor to develop the course.)


Each participant who is redesigning a course for online delivery will receive a payment of $1000 per course credit for the course that is taught fully online. A $500 payment will be provided on the September 1 paycheck, with the balance to be paid upon delivery of the course (i.e. when it is taught).  Reduced funding might be available on a space-available basis for faculty who have already converted a specific course through either the OTI or OCR (i.e. 50 percent).

The Summer Online Training Program is funded by revenue generated by fees associated with online courses, see University's online course fee policy.

Schedule of Meetings

Dates are to be determined, after the instructional designers are identified.


View Application-Due April 16, 2018

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Applications must be submitted in electronic format after the necessary signatures are obtained. A scanned copy must be attached to an e-mail and sent to FASDB by 4:30 p.m. on the due date. The e-mail subject line must include the grant title and last name of the applicant (example: SOT-Eckwall).

Applications that are not submitted following these directions will not be considered.

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Faculty and Academic Staff Development
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