Teaching Fully Online

SMU's Fully Online course design model emphasizes the components of fully online learning in a course structure that optimizes learning experiences for students attending classes entirely online. SMU has hosted extensive faculty development programs in Canvas technology and Online Teaching to ensure that all faculty teaching fully online will offer high-quality courses which digitally exemplify SMU's rich tradition of instructional excellence.

Faculty teaching SMU's fully online courses will:

  • Utilize SMU's Canvas learning management system to:
    • Publish a digital syllabus page with information about the course, course policies, technology tools, student services, appropriate course netiquette, academic integrity, and clear information about what students can expect for grading/response times as well as virtual office hours
    • Communicate regularly using Canvas Announcements
    • Maintain Canvas Gradebook so that students can keep track of current course progress
    • Check in each weekday for student interaction and questions
    • Organize course content with tools like Modules and Pages
    • Smoothly integrate SMU library resources
    • Deliver a variety of online assignments and quizzes/tests
    • Utilize Canvas' attendance tool
  • Feature at least 33% of synchronous "live" contact hours to be hosted during the days/times listed in the official SMU schedule of classes using Zoom or equivalent digital conferencing platform specified in the course syllabus
  • Record synchronous class sessions and provide access to these recordings in Canvas's Panopto video system for the duration of the semester
  • Offer virtual office hours via Zoom or equivalent digital conferencing platform specified in the course syllabus
  • Leverage at least a minimum SMU Canvas course template (available by contacting the SMU Center for Teaching Excellence or the OIT Help Desk)

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