The Department of World Languages and Literatures offers Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Latin, and Spanish courses in a fully online format. Our courses were developed over the course of 9-12 months with the training, support, and evaluation of a World Languages & Literatures Online Advisory Committee, the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) and Academic Technology Services (ATS).
For students: Our five-week, fully online, intensive language courses are offered in JanTerm and Summer (May, June, July) terms. Coursework consists of both synchronous meetings and asynchronous activities that require daily interaction with other students, faculty, and course materials. For more information and a full list of course offerings, see https://www.smu.edu/Intersessions.
For faculty: In order to be certified to teach online in Dedman College, faculty obtained approval from their Area Chair, submitted a formal Recommendation to Teach Online, and completed a two-part training series.* In order to propose and develop a new online course, faculty followed the above steps, in addition to submitting a Proposal to Develop an Online Course. The entire training series was completed prior to beginning their development project, during which they followed the Dedman College Guidelines for Online Course Development and included the required World Languages and Literatures Online Course Components. To be added to the Catalog and/or Schedule of Classes, all courses underwent an Unofficial Quality Matters Review, and developers completed an Online Course Readiness Form. For more information, see the Procedures and Policies for Online Teaching in World Languages and Literatures.
Note for 2020-2021: New online course proposals will not be accepted in Dedman College until we emerge from our provisional COVID-induced operational model.